Day 192 – Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes

8 Feb

Sometimes you see a cupcake too pretty to resist.  Or at least to pretty to resist attempting.  Take these Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes (recipe below from Sprinkle Bakes).  Seems simple enough.  Chocolate.  Strawberry.  Vanilla.  Well, let’s see if that’s true.

Chocolate-Cupcake    Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense, but fragile.  And extremely moist.  They have a really nice sweet chocolate flavor.  This would be a great base chocolate cupcake for any number of combinations.

Neapolitan-Frosting

The frostings are both thick buttercreams.  The white frosting has a typical vanilla buttercream flavor – sweet and sugary.  The pink has the same sweet buttercream flavor, but with a hint of strawberry. (Note: I ordered my strawberry extract online, cause it isn’t found in most stores.)

Neapolitan-Bonbon-Cupcake     Mini-Neapolitan-Bonbon

The 3 flavors go really well together.  It’s sweet and sugary, but not overwhelming.  The chocolate and strawberry complement each other nicely.  Neither is too strong or overpowering. If you like Neapolitan-flavored things, you’ll like these!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes (recipe from Sprinkle Bakes)

Chocolate cupcakes:
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp.  hot water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp.  heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. canola or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Vanilla and strawberry frostings; topping:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar – the finest you can find (usually 10 x)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Few drops of liquid red food coloring
  • Strawberry flavoring
  • Milk or heavy cream, optional
  • 9 or 10 assorted filled bon-bon type chocolates

For directions visit Sprinkle Bakes.

*Tomorrow: Double Chocolate Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 192 – Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes”

  1. lauriepieper February 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Those are beautiful!!!

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