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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes! Full disclosure, before I made these, I didn’t know the difference between the word Neapolitan the ice cream, and napolitana the Italian tomato sauce. Of course, now I do. One is delicious during a hot summer day, the other is delicious on top of a way day meal. These cupcakes are perfect any time of the day or year!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavoured frosting on a vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavoured cupcake.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavoured frosting on a vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavoured cupcake.

Serves 20

4.6 from 14 votes
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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 176kcal

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 1/2 cups / 430 g plain, all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups / 265 g caster, superfine sugar
  • 3 tsp / 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp / 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup / 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large / 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml full-cream, whole milk
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp / 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, or sour cream
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp / 2 tbsp cocoa powder for batter and another 2 in frosting
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp strawberry essence for frosting and batter
  • 2-3 drops / 2-3 drops pink food dye in batter and frosting

Decorations

  • Red candy balls to mimic cherries, or you could maraschino cherries
  • 10 / 10 Vanilla wafer biscuits cut into little wedges
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • A batch of my fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting


Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Pre-heat oven to 160C (320F). Line cupcake tin with paper cupcake cases.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients. Turn mixer on low and allow it to mix for a couple minutes. Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  • Next combine all milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Separate the batter into three bowls (you may use a pair of kitchen scales to do this or use an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter evenly.) Add cocoa powder into one bowl and gently fold in until it’s mixed evenly
  • Add strawberry essence and pink food dye into the other bowl and fold in gently until it’s mixed evenly.
  • Use a small ice cream (equivalent to 1 ½ tbsp per scoop) to add each flavor of batter into each cupcake liner. Give the cupcake tin a gently tap on your bench to get rid of any large air pockets. This helps avoid the cupcakes rising in funny shapes and directions. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.
  • While your cupcakes are baking and cooling you can colour and flavour your frosting in the same way as your batter and transfer to three separate piping bags or zip lock sandwich bags fitted with a star nozzle.
  • To finish off the cupcakes simply start off by piping the chocolate frosting on first, then the strawberry followed by a little swirl of vanilla on top. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles, pop a little candy ball on top and a wedge of vanilla wafer on the side.

Notes

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Nutrition

Serving: 20g
Calories : 176kcal
Carbonhydrates: 17g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 31mg
Sodium: 140mg
Potassium : 30mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 1g
Vitamin A: 169IU
Calcium: 50mg
Iron: 1mg
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2 comments

These were just awful! Horrible gummy texture, and little to no flavor. This is my first time trying one of Nick’s recipes and I’m super disappointed! April 29, 2023 - 7:47 am

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These were just awful! Horrible gummy texture, and little to no flavor. This is my first time trying one of Nick’s recipes and I’m super disappointed!

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Nick Makrides April 29, 2023 - 11:17 am

Let me ask you a question, what did you change in the recipe? Because I made this base recipe for 5 years almost every single day, I had countless people try this exact recipe and tell me they enjoyed it, and I’m assuming they made the recipe as instructed. So I have to assume that you either didn’t follow the recipe or you changed something. So talk me through what you changed and I’ll explain to you why these cupcakes came out that way so you can avoid making the same mistake.

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4.58 from 14 votes (14 ratings without comment)

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