Perfect Neapolitan Cupcakes

By Connie
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These perfect Neapolitan cupcakes are as delicious as they are pretty. Moist chocolate cake topped with a generous swirl of fresh strawberry and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla all in one so that you never have to choose.

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Two weeks ago, on the same day that I re-launched the blog, I had a 2-dozen cupcake order due. A friend of mine, whom I haven’t seen in YEARS, asked me to make chocolate cupcakes and strawberry cupcakes to congratulate one of her coworkers.

In the end, I still had a ton of cake and buttercream leftover. Hence the birth of these Neapolitan cupcakes!

perfect neapolitan cupcakes

I used chocolate cake as the base, then topped it with a dual combo of vanilla and strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream, the only kind of buttercream that I ever use. Regular American buttercream is taboo in my kitchen!

neapolitan cupcakes

neapolitan cupcakes

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste these cupcakes because I gave the extras away to friends. So everything I know about them is from testimonials. I gave two of these to my tenants who just happened to stroll by my window at the exact time I put down my camera after the photos. Then I delivered a couple of these to the friend who lives closest to me. My brother’s friends also got to try a few. They always happen to be at our place when I bake (coincidence, I think not!). All in all, the feedback that I received  was positive.

perfect neapolitan cupcakes

perfect neapolitan cupcakes

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Recipe For These Perfect Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan Cupcakes

Strawberry, chocolate and vanilla all in one so you'll never have to settle on just one flavour.
Servings 14 cupcakes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup aocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temp, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large strawberries blended


  • 12 large strawberries rinsed and halved



  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes to fully incorporate
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared cupcake pans
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • Combine sugar, egg whites, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer
  • Place over simmering water (but not IN simmer water)
  • Whisk by hand until sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes
  • Transfer bowl to mixer and beat until you reach medium peak consistency
  • Slowly add butter one piece at a time
  • At some point, the buttercream will look curdled and gross, THIS IS NORMAL DON'T PANIC
  • Keep adding butter and beating the buttercream until you reach a silky smooth texture
  • Separate buttercream in half
  • In one half, add the blended strawberries and beat until incorporated

Putting it together

  • In a piping bag fitted with an open star tip, put vanilla swiss meringue buttercream in one side and strawberry swiss meringue in the other.
  • Twist bag to close and pipe a large swirl on each cupcake.
Author: Connie
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chocolate, cupcakes, neapolitan, strawberry, vanilla

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Adapted from Hershey’s cake and Martha Stewarts Swiss Meringue

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  1. huntfortheverybest says:

    i love chocolate cupcakes and the strawberry/vanilla frosting is perfect!

    1. thank you! 🙂

  2. so beautiful! would be better if its whipped cream =p

    1. thanks for the suggestion! however, in this kinda weather, the whip cream would just melt 😛

  3. These cupcakes are gorgeous! And I love your blog! It’s so adorable.

    1. aww thanks abbie!!

  4. Cute concept and gorgeous pictures! Bookmarking this for later! 🙂

  5. Well, these cupcakes just look divine, and I’m digging the combo icing of the strawberry and vanilla. Not only is it gorgeous, but I bet it tastes pretty amazing, too!

    1. Thanks Erin! Unfortunately, i didn’t get to taste it but my friends sure were happy with em! must be something bout the allure of dual toned buttercream 😛

      1. That’s a shame you didn’t try ’em for yourself, though I get it — whenever I bake, I attempt to give most, if not all away, so I don’t eat everything. 😉 I think there IS an allure of dual-toned buttercream… and it LOOKS delicious!

        1. also food tastes WAY better when it is made by someone else 😛

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