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Neapolitan Cupcakes

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"Brownie bottom, strawberry cake middle, and vanilla frosting top!"
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1 h 20 m servings 294
Original recipe yields 48 servings (4 dozen cupcakes)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Line 48 muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. Stir both packages of brownie mix with 1 cup vegetable oil, 4 eggs, and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl until evenly combined and smooth.
  4. Mix strawberry cake mix with 1 cup water, 3 eggs, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil in a separate bowl until moistened. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons brownie batter into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup.
  6. Top the brownie batter with strawberry cake batter, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  8. Cool in pans for about 10 minutes before removing to finish cooling on racks.
  9. Beat unsalted butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a bowl until butter is pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  10. Beat confectioners' sugar into the butter, about 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. After each addition of confectioners' sugar, raise mixer speed to high to beat as much air as possible into the frosting; reduce speed to low and continue beating until frosting is smooth. Repeat until all confectioners' sugar is incorporated, about 5 minutes of beating time; beat in vanilla extract.
  11. Spread cooled cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 294 calories; 16.7 35.7 2.1 42 148 Full nutrition

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I am not one to usually write reviews but this recipe deserves the time. This is an OUTSTANDING recipe. These cupcakes appeal to all tastes. I made 130 of them for a cupcake tower for my daug...

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I'm not sure why it wasn't very goo, but the icing definitely helped a little.

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I am not one to usually write reviews but this recipe deserves the time. This is an OUTSTANDING recipe. These cupcakes appeal to all tastes. I made 130 of them for a cupcake tower for my daug...

I wasn't too sure about the combination of brownies and cake, but these are incredible! The trio of chocolate, strawberry, & vanilla are just perfect! They are also quite visually appealing. S...

Absolutely wonderful! I wasn't sure how these would turn out, but my anti-sweets husband LOVED them. They do need to stay in the oven another 4-5 minutes so they cook all the way, but they are ...

I tried this yesterday and they were the best cupcakes I've ever made. Very moist, and extrememly delicious! Like other posts, I agree that there is too much brownie mix to cupcake mix. For 24 c...

I made these cupcakes for work and they came out very soft and everyone loved them!

Love this recipe. Chocolate and strawberry taste so good together and the frosting is perfect. I ran out of the strawberry cake mix after filling 30 cupcakes so I put the extra brownie mix into ...

Thanks for the great recipe! These really do taste like neapolitan ice cream and they are so pretty!

I added sprinkles after piping the icing with a stemmed cherry on top and half a pirouette poked in like a straw. Ridiculously cute! The niece, who never eats more than the icing on cupcakes, de...

This turned out good. I was really pleased with the aesthics. However,next time instead of making a double batter of brownie mix and one batter of strawberry cake mix, I will make a double bat...