Yes, yesterday was the 4th of July, but instead of making anything red, white and blue (ok, ok I made cherry pie, I couldn’t be unpatriotic!) I made spumoni cupcakes. See yesterday was my birthday. Because we are friends, I’ll be totally honest with you, I turned the big 40 35. These spumoni cupcakes were pretty birthday worthy, let me tell you!
My original plan was to make a cupcake version of an opera cream cake that a local bakery makes. Each year I insist on getting this opera cream cake for my birthday. It is true chocolate heaven. It’s a Genoise cake layered and filled with the most luscious opera cream filling. It’s like the candy but so much creamier. The cake is topped with a thick, rich, chocolate glaze, big chocolate shavings cling to the sides and white chocolate roses crown the top. I mean really, is there anything more divine? Well my Genoise cupcakes did not have the right texture, they were basically chocolate rubber and the filling I attempted looked vaguely like lumpy Elmer’s glue. Uh, can you guess what happened next? Yep, I gave them all the ole heave-ho and never looked back.
Enter spumoni cupcakes. I was inspired by the spumoni ice cream my husband had on vacation. Now that I’m an adult, I’m not crazy about maraschino cherries, but there is something so visually appealing about those bright, red cherries combined with chocolate and pistachios! So pretty. And tasty too! For these spumoni cupcakes I combined chocolate cake batter and pistachio cake batter in each cupcake wrapper. The bonus was, the recipe yielded more cupcakes! To my buttercream I added maraschino cherry juice. The juice alone did not give me the shade of pink I wanted, so I added gel food coloring. I was supremely happy with the end result! Tasted just like spumoni ice cream! Garnish with cherries, pistachios, chocolate shavings or all three! You will be loving the cupcakes!!! Spumoni will be your new favorite flavor, I promise!
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I found these yummy spumoni treats on Pinterest, check them out!
Spumoni Cookies from With Sprinkles on Top
Spumoni Ice Cream Bombe from The Bartolini Kitchens
Spumoni Cake from Terri’s Table
You’ll find this recipe at Sweet as Sugar Cookies Sweets for Saturday and the Unique Sweets Link Party at Lacreativitedelafille.blogspot.com (you have to see the ingenious creations from other bloggers!) Check out my Link Party page to find where else you can see this recipe as well as many others!