Monday, January 7, 2013

Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes


These were intended to be a Valentine's day treat, but after tasting them I decided they're a good idea for any occasion! And it's not like these are any great deviation from the norm here - pink, ruffles and chocolate are a common affair at SprinkleBakes - at any time of the year.  So I decided to go ahead and post them today.


The chocolate cake recipe comes from my favorite quick "one bowl" batter, but I've pared down the quantity considerably.  This recipe makes exactly 9 standard cupcakes. You might squeeze in an extra cupcake (to make an even 10) if you effectively scrape every last bit of batter from the bowl with a rubber spatula. That means no sampling the batter or licking the bowl - which is why I will always end up with 9 cupcakes instead of 10.


One thing is for certain, these cupcakes are all about variety. You get a little of everything - rich chocolate cake, vanilla and strawberry buttercream, and a surprise flavor-filled bonbon on top! 



I chose a small box of Belgian chocolates with an assortment of fillings: strawberry, hazelnut, almond, coconut, pistachio and Cointreau.  I also bought some gold-foil cordials because they are my absolute favorite!


The frosting technique uses two decorator piping tips, both of which come in this Ateco set (you may remember that I recommended it in my gifts for bakers post). You can buy the tips individually too, so I listed them separately in the "supplies" section under the recipe.


I certainly think these are perfect for Valentine's day, but I can also see them being made for a girly birthday party or bridal shower.  They are super simple to make and the decoration could not be easier - just pop a chocolate on top!  I had a lot of fun with these.  Hope you do too!

xo

Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes
[click for printable version]
Yield: 9 or 10 cupcakes.  Usually 9 for me.

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers; set aside.
  3. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.  Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla.  Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth.  
  4. Divide batter among cupcake papers, filling each ¾ full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Let cool before frosting.

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 (McCormick makes Strawberry extract, but I like to use a couple of drops of LorAnn Strawberry flavoring oil to taste.)
* Milk or heavy cream, optional
9 or 10 assorted filled bon-bon type chocolates
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar.  Begin mixing on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute until light and fluffy. Transfer 1/3 of the vanilla frosting to a piping bag fitted with Ateco 40S decorator tip or Wilton drop flower tip 2D.
  2. Beat the remaining frosting on medium speed, adding the red food coloring in a little at a time until the desired pink color intensity is achieved. Add strawberry extract or strawberry flavoring oil.  Transfer pink icing to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip, Ateco brand #828 or Wilton tip 8B. Pipe small stars of icing around the outside edge of the cupcakes with the white vanilla frosting. Pipe a large swirl of pink frosting in the middle of the cupcake, making two passes with the piping bag.  Top each cupcake with a chocolate bonbon.
 *Note: If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency. 


Supplies:
McCormick Imitation Strawberry Extract, 1-Ounce Unit (Pack of 6)
LorAnn Strawberry Flavoring, 1 dram
Wilton White Blossom Baking Cups, 12 Count
Ateco Pastry Tube - Star - Size 8
WILTON LG DROP FLOWER TIP#2D 402-2004
Wilton Decorating Tip 8B


51 comments:

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I absolutely cannot wait to try these!! They're beautiful!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Oh my lord, lady, you are truly an artist! With sugar! Just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very pretty! I love the idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

DessertForTwo said...

Well aren't these just gorgeous? Like you ;)

Stephanie said...

Oh, these are too adorable!

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough said...

Ahh, so much SQUEE! Love this idea!

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen said...

I love Neapolitan ice cream so these are a delightful cake version! I certainly need to practice my piping skills though...

Kelly said...

I usually use one icing tip for a cupcake and call it a day, but I really like how you edged it with stars and then did a swirl in the middle. I'll have to try that!

thyme Sarah said...

What a pretty sight to see on this Monday morning of back to school schedules! Thank you.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

These look beautiful!

Sue said...

I love the neapolitan color combination and flavors too:) Your cupcakes are sweet little beauties, and two treats in one!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

The one with the heart sent me over the edge and I don't even really like valentine's day lol. Beautiful... and I imagine ridiculously tasty too :)

Btrix said...

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Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Heather they are drop dead stunning! I love the flavors, colors, and just how delicate and pretty they are! I would love to dig in!

Kate said...

Oh my gosh they are BEAUTIFUL. They look so fancy, but when you break it down the decorating looks simple enough for even me to do!

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Aikko said...

It's never to early for a Valentine's day post :) These look amazing, Heather!

Ashley @ Strawberry Sprinkles said...

What a fantastic idea! Love the double technique frosting too.

Heather said...

In a world swimming with cupcakes, you manage to make them look better than anyone else's! Love the details, friend!

Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles said...

These are just exquisite! The two piping techniques really make the cupcakes pop, you are so clever!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts said...

Love the bonbon on top, great idea! And the 2 colors for frosting with the different tips, love that technique!

liztiptopshape said...

These are absolutely beautiful!

Nicole said...

Very cute and beautiful photos and display! You are an inspiration for me and my blog :) I will be trying some of your recipes soon!

Deirdre said...

So cute! Look the ruffles- looks a period costume!

Always imaginative and beautiful.

Deirdre @ http://thekitschcook.blogspot.ie/

Mrs. Schwartz @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen said...

Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

wallflourgirl said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous set of cupcakes--makes me nostalgic for the long 15+ years of my early life when I called "neapolitan" ice cream "Napoleon"....dark days, those.

Marcellina said...

OMG! There are no words! I LOVE these cupcakes!

Tina Birkett said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to bake them!

Becca said...

Oh my goodness. These are absolutely gorgeous! Seriously. I can't even really come up with a good enough comment to show how amazing and delighted I am about these pictures and the cupcakes themselves.

Shelan said...

Those are beautifully decorated and topped! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Leslie said...

These are drop dead gorgeous !!! Almost too pretty to eat...almost

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Anonymous said...

Kim -
very nice - I love your cake plate!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These cupcakes are *almost* too pretty to eat. They really would be perfect any time of year, including Valentine's Day.

Buttercream Bakehouse said...

these are so cute. Love the way you iced them.

Joy said...

Another beautiful creation. I linked to your chocolate-caramel tart on my blog yesterday. It was super-yummy. Thanks!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

These are absolutely beautiful! And you are right...perfect for Valentine's Day...or any day! (like today!)

Cowen Park Kitchen said...

Here's the truth: I don't like cupcakes (way too long as a decorator), and I really don't like the Neopolitan flavor combination. But your photos and decorating really, really make me want to make and consume one of these. Well done.

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) said...

These are absolutely stunning, Heather! What a delicious lineup of flavors!

Loretta E. said...

Wow. I love all that gorgeous girly color!

ohsosweetbaker said...

These look so pretty x

Stacy said...

Just beautiful, Heather! Somehow you managed to pack quite a bit into such a tiny sweet treat. Bravo, girl! xoxo

marla said...

Heather, these are so delicate and beautiful!

Cookbook Queen said...

GORGEOUS!! Heather, I just love coming to your site...everything is so beautiful. They look like they taste amazing too!!

Monica said...

Love this...just so pretty on the eyes! I recently saw some cupcakes with the chocolate bonbons on top and I thought it was a lovely and delicious idea. Yours looks so pretty...love the pink and white frosting. : )

Paula said...

So lovely. Can't wait to try them! Thank you..

Lora said...

These just make me happy. Such a pretty and fun twist on a classic flavor combo.

little random happiness said...

swoon.....

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

I just saw these on Pinterest and thought, wow, those are some of the most gorgeous cupcakes EVER.

And then I saw they were your's. No shock :)

Hala Makssoud said...

Hello.
By heavy cream you mean heavy whipping cream?

Heather Baird said...

Yes, heavy whipping cream.

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