Neapolitan Cupcakes Recipe

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Dana Watson Modified: March 23, 2022
Neapolitan Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Neapolitan Cupcakes

These unique Neapolitan cupcakes comes with different flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry! Bake up a sweet batch of this in just under two hours.

Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



For Chocolate Cupcake:

  • cupunsweetend cocoa powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ½cupboiling water
  • ¼cupunsalted butter,melted
  • tbspvegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar,plus 2 tbsp
  • ¾tspvanilla extract
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 1large egg
  • 1large egg yolk,reserve the white
  • ¼cupheavy cream
  • 1cupall-purpose flour

For White Vanilla Cupcake:

  • cupscake flour
  • tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 7tbspunsalted butter,softened
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar
  • ½large vanilla bean,seeds
  • 3large egg whites
  • ½cupmilk,anything but skim
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • strawberry buttercream frosting


Chocolate Cupcake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In large heat proof mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and baking soda.

  3. Carefully pour in the boiling water, then whisk until the bubbling subsides and the mixture is well blended.

  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

  5. In a separate large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on low speed, blend together the melted butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt for 30 seconds until well combined.

  6. Stir in the egg and egg yolk.

  7. Blend in the cocoa mixture, then add in the heavy cream and blend.

  8. Slowly mix in the flour, then blend until combined, while scraping down sides and bottom of bowl.

  9. Spoon an even 2 tablespoon of the batter into the bottom of 22 paper lined muffin cups.

  10. Spread into an even layer, then set aside.

White Vanilla Cupcake:

  1. Sift the cake flour into a medium mixing bowl.

  2. Add the baking powder and salt, then whisk the mixture for 20 seconds. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together the butter and sugar with vanilla bean seeds on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.

  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg whites and vanilla extract until well blended.

  5. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture, then mix until combined.

  6. Add ½ of the milk and egg mixture, then mix on low speed until combined.

  7. Increase to medium speed, then mix for 1 minute until fluffy.

  8. Add another ⅓ of the flour mixture, then mix until combined.

  9. Add the remaining ½ of the milk and egg mixture, then mix on low until combined.

  10. Increase the speed to medium, then mix for 1 minute until it has the consistency similar to fluffy mousse.

  11. Add last ⅓ of the flour mixture and mix until well combined.

  12. Gently dollop a heaping ⅛ cup of the batter over the chocolate layer in the cupcake wells. Carefully spread the batter evenly to edges.

  13. Bake in the oven for 16 to 19 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  14. Cool in the baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  15. Pipe or spread the strawberry frosting over the cupcakes once cooled.

  16. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes


  • Calories: 197.24kcal
  • Fat: 9.27g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.75g
  • Trans Fat: 0.25g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.22g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.68g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.56g
  • Fiber: 0.79g
  • Sugar: 14.13g
  • Protein: 2.80g
  • Cholesterol: 36.36mg
  • Sodium: 122.43mg
  • Calcium: 39.61mg
  • Potassium: 58.97mg
  • Iron: 1.24mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.80µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.02mg
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