Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcake

I look forward to this contest every year! Cupcake Project and Scoopalicious are hosting their annual Ice Cream Cupcake Contest. The only requirement is that the cupcake have a cake portion and a ice cream (or frozen) portion.

Coming up with an ice cream cupcake recipe was harder than you’d think. I had so many ideas swimming around in my head… But I wanted it to be a cupcake I could enjoy even with my lactose intolerance. Lucky for me, I’m able to find all sorts of dairy free ice cream these days. When I saw that the lactose free flavors at JPLicks were vanilla and strawberry, I couldn’t get the idea of strawberry ice cream out of my head. I bought a pint and headed home.

That night, I decided to taste some of the strawberry ice cream. I topped the ice cream with some chocolate chips and whipped cream. It’s such a classic and perfect combination. And thus, the idea of a Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcake was born.

These cupcakes consist of a yellow cupcake base, layered with some strawberry ice cream, and frosted with chocolate cream cheese frosting. I love how the frosting looks like soft serve!

If you’ve never had an ice cream cupcake, I definitely recommend trying one. They’re great in the summer time and the flavor combinations are completely endless. Be sure to check out the Cupcake Project Facebook Page to see photos of all the other entries.

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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes
12 half-filled yellow cupcakes, recipe follows
1 pint strawberry ice cream
Chocolate cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

For the Half-Filled Yellow Cupcakes
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cake flour (not self-rising)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp sugar
1 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp milk

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Directions:

For the Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes
Bake the cupcakes and allow to cool in the pan.

Take ice cream out of freezer to allow it to melt a bit while cupcakes are cooling.

With the cupcakes still in the pan, spoon semi-melted ice cream onto the cupcakes until liners are full. Place cupcake pan in freezer for 30 minutes.

Make chocolate cream cheese frosting and pipe a swirl onto the ice cream cupcakes.

Store in the freezer.

For the Half-Filled Yellow Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 12 cupcake liners in two muffin pans. Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined after each addition.

Divide batter between the prepared pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool in pan.

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream the cream cheese and butter together thoroughly.

Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar.

Finally, mix in the melted chocolate and blend thoroughly until smooth.

If additional thickening is needed, add more sifted powdered sugar, a little at a time, until a spreadable consistency is reached.

Half-filled yellow cupcakes Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe adapted from Food Network

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12 Responses to “It’s good to be back in the kitchen!! Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cupcakes with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream”

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    Jigginjessica — July 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    These look and sounds great! Also thanks for the link to the cupcake carrier! I’ve been wanting to buy one for awhile now but didn’t like that Wilton’s only held 12.

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    Cate — July 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Those paper cupcake liners are so pretty! I keep seeing recipes from that book and I really want to get myself a copy!
    Do you think you could add a few extra ounces of chocolate to the frosting without messing up the texture?

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    Erin — July 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I just posted cupcakes from that book today too! And I also have the Wilton cupcake carrier. Not to thrilled with it either, but I got it because I needed something to carry a huge sheet cake in. I would love a double decker.

    Your cupcakes look great, as always! I need to work on my frosting skills. (Hence the reason I posted a recipe that could be frosted in a “rustic” style!)

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    Jen — July 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Jessica – Definitely check out that carrier. Not sure if you guys have a Container Store, but I think BB&B carries it now too.

    Cate – I’m not sure if more chocolate would ruin the texture… Possibly. I was underwhelmed when I tasted the frosting by itself, but when it was on the cupcake, it was really good. The subtle flavor paired really well with this cupcake. I just really prefer my chocolate frosting to be really chocolatey!

    Erin – Thanks! I’m always try to improve my skills. This was the first time I’ve tried the rosette. I usually pipe from the outside in.

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    Ingrid — July 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yay, for packages in the mail and new kitchens!

    I like how you frosted the cupcakes, very pretty. I haven’t made SMBC yet but I’m gonna soon. Sounds good!

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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    Jennifer — July 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I need that cupcake carrier!! Thanks for the link to it!! Ive been on the out look for a great one for a while!

    These are great cupcakes! Well done!!

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    craftybitch — July 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    These look awesome! What icing tip did you use, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    Jen — July 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I used my trusty old 1M tip for the frosting.

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    craftybitch — July 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome, thank you!

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    Scott W. — July 23, 2009 at 12:34 am

    The frosting is so delicate looking. Just the way Martha Stewart would like it.

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    Little Ewe — July 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    love the recioes and will definately try them but as i live in the uk please could you give me imperial measures rather than cupa and sticks thanks:)
    Fiona

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    articia — July 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    when I make chocolate SMBC I actually use cocoa powder. I think it gives it a stronger chocolate flavor without messing with the texture. Maybe you could try adding some cocoa powder if the melted chocolate doesn’t taste bold enough.

    also, I saw those snap n’ stack cupcake carriers at my local Meijer and bought 2. they weren’t cheap so as I was driving home I was deciding if I was going to regret spending nearly $50 on the 2 of them, but I couldn’t be happier with them. they’re come in *so* handy.

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