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

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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

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
8 years ago

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

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
8 years ago

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

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
8 years ago

Very pretty! I love the idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

DessertForTwo
DessertForTwo
8 years ago

Well aren't these just gorgeous? Like you πŸ˜‰

smunchimunch
smunchimunch
8 years ago

Oh, these are too adorable!

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
8 years ago

Ahh, so much SQUEE! Love this idea!

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen
Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen
8 years ago

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

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago

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!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love
Lisa @ Flour Me With Love
8 years ago

These look beautiful!

Sue
Sue
8 years ago

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

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
8 years ago

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 πŸ™‚

Btrix
Btrix
8 years ago

Precious!!, your blog is magnificent!! I am of espaΓ±a, follow you always for your recipes, your photos and have to do already!! Someone of your recipes
kisses
http://dulcesbtrix.blogspot.com.es/

Averie @ Averie Cooks
Averie @ Averie Cooks
8 years ago

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!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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!

http://leadwiththehips.co.uk

Aikko
Aikko
8 years ago

It's never to early for a Valentine's day post πŸ™‚ These look amazing, Heather!

Ashley @ Strawberry Sprinkles
Ashley @ Strawberry Sprinkles
8 years ago

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

Heather
Heather
8 years ago

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
Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles
8 years ago

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

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
8 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

These are absolutely beautiful!

Nicole
Nicole
8 years ago

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

Deirdre
Deirdre
8 years ago

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

Always imaginative and beautiful.

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

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.

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

Beautiful! Can't wait to bake them!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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.

Elanne
Elanne
8 years ago

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

Leslie
Leslie
8 years ago

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

VBB
VBB
8 years ago

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VBB
VBB
8 years ago

Your recipes are A M A Z I N G! And your blog is my inspiration. I've opened a blog too and I'm working on it. I would invite anyone to visit it.

http://www.ilmiodolcelampone.blogspot.com

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Kim –
very nice – I love your cake plate!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
8 years ago

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

Buttercream Bakehouse
Buttercream Bakehouse
8 years ago

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

Joy
Joy
8 years ago

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

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
8 years ago

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

Cowen Park Kitchen
Cowen Park Kitchen
8 years ago

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)
Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)
8 years ago

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

Loretta E.
Loretta E.
8 years ago

Wow. I love all that gorgeous girly color!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

These look so pretty x

Stacy
Stacy
8 years ago

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

marla
marla
8 years ago

Heather, these are so delicate and beautiful!

Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
8 years ago

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

Monica
Monica
8 years ago

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
Paula
8 years ago

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

Lora
Lora
8 years ago

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

little random happiness
little random happiness
8 years ago

swoon…..

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
7 years ago

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 πŸ™‚

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

Hello.
By heavy cream you mean heavy whipping cream?