Spumoni Cupcake

Spumoni Cupcakes


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


Spumoni Cupcake
  • Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 18.5 box Devils Food Cake
  • 1 5.9 box chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • Pistachio Cake
  • 1 18.5 box white cake + ingredients to complete cake
  • 1 3.4 oz box pistachio pudding
  • Cherry Buttercream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ t vanilla
  • ¼ cup Marshino Cherry juice
  • ⅔ cup water, milk, or heavy cream.
  • Red gel coloring
  1. For the chocolate cake, in a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding. Add sour cream, oil, water and eggs. Mix well. For the pistachio cake, combine cake mix, pistachio pudding in another bowl and add in water, eggs, and oil according to cake mix directions. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Using a cookie scoop, scoop batter from each bowl into each cupcake cup. Bake at 350 for about 18-20 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.
  2. For the frosting
  3. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and shortening until very smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add salt and vanilla. Slowly add in cherry juice liquid one tablespoon at at a time until buttercream begins to develop a speadable consistency. Add in enough water (or milk) until desired piping or speading consitency is achieved. Add in food gel and mix until you have the right color.
  4. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Top with shaved chocolote, shelled pistachios and Marashino Cherries!
  5. Makes 36 cupcakes

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!

53 Responses

  1. New visitor from Mom Blogger Club. These look delicious! I made a quilt last summer that was the color of spumoni. Now I can make these cupcakes to go with it!

    • Wow, I’d love to see that quilt!!! Bet those colors are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thank you so much for the mention in today’s post. Your cupcakes look fantastic, so festive! For those alone, I had to subscribe. Can’t wait to see what else you’ll be preparing … John

    • Well I was blown away by the spumoni bombe, I had to share that! Thanks for following, I’m so thrilled to share my recipes with you!

  3. Wow, my grandma introduced me to this type of ice cream. It’s been years since I’ve thought about it. I loved the ice cream so I’ll bet these are absolutely delish!

    • It is an old fashioned flavor, but it should come back!

    • Thank you! I think this is my new favorite flavor!

  4. I have never actually tried Spumoni ice cream…I guess it’s time to:-) Sorry to hear about your other cupcakes, but these ones turned out so pretty looking!!!

    • I think I’d rather eat these than the ice cream, I favor baked goods over ice cream, thats just me!

  5. look delish! I made Spumoni cake pops that I’m putting on the blog tomorrow, glad to see more Spumoni love =)

    • I’m checkin out your blog tomorrow for sure!

  6. Yummo!!


    Stopping by to say “hi” and to be your newest follower from the melomomma hop…

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    • Thanks Nicole! I’m coming to check you out now! Thanks for the invite!

  7. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

    • Thank you so much for checking me out today!

  8. Yes Please … I’ll take a dozen of these! Your treats look sooo Delish :)

    • Aw, you are too sweet! Come on over, I’ll share!

  9. In search for my Mom’s pound cake recipe. Sour cream and room temp eggs were the secret. I have enjoyed blog hopping today. I have joined your site and hope you visit and join mine. Thank you so much, Katie msqueenfashionista.com

    • While not quite pound cake I think you would enjoy these!

  10. I’ve never had Spumoni anything! Sounds like I should investigate though!

    Thanks for dropping by the blog! I hope you try out the guacamole and LOVE IT!

    • The guacamole looks amazing! Yes, you should at least try spumoni cupcakes!

    • Thank you so much! I would lover to link these up! Thank for the invite!

  11. These cupcakes look fantastic!
    I’m very curious as for the taste as I have no idea what spumoni ice-cream is.

    • If you like pistachios, chocolate and cherries this is for you!

  12. Came over from Weekend Potluck to get the recipe for these. I can’t wait to try them! I am a new follower. Patsy

    • Thanks for visiting! I hope you do get to try the cupcakes!

  13. These look great. I’ve heard of Spumoni ice cream but didn’t know it was chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. Those are three of my favorite flavors.

    • You should try it!!! I do prefer my cupcake, mainly because I love frosting!

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Those cupcakes look DELICIOUS!!!

    I sure hope you’re planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :)

    • Thank you! I’d love to share this at DIY Dreamer!

    • Thank you! I was very pleased with them.

    • Yeah! I’m very excited that these little cupcakes were featured on Lady Behind the Curtain! Thank you!

    • That is so exciting! Yeah! Thank you so much!

  15. Yum! I made Spumoni cupcakes similar to these last year and LOVED them. Thanks for reminding me I need to bake them again; they’re too good! And Happy Birthday!

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes! I was so happy with these cupcakes! I think you should revisit yours, they looked awesomely delicious!

  16. These sound awesome! I have pinned them.

    New visitor from Mom’s mingle!

    • Thanks Ruth for coming over and for pinning the cupcakes!

  17. […] of pistachios is unparalleled, especially when combined with maraschino cherries like in these spumoni cupcakes.  There is something about how the salty pistachios and the sweet cherries taste when they are […]

  18. These are cute and look so yummy!
    My sister made spumoni cookies for my bday one year before either of us had kids. There was more time for such baking ventures back then. I’ve been craving them forever.
    Got to make your cupcakes!


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