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Topsy-Turvy Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan ice cream . . . the custard of sweet strawberry, creamy chocolate, classic vanilla, and people who are bad at making decisions.

Oh, you poor people who love Neapolitan ice cream. Sure, your gelato game is on point, but what about other desserts? You can't have a Neapolitan cupcake? Or can you?

This recipe is what I like to call "topsy-turvy." Classic vanilla on the bottom, chocolate party on top, and sherbet-like strawberry buttercream in the middle. I suppose if we're being fair, this recipe could also be called The Recipe of Delicious Mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes making these. (I personally blame it on For King & Country, which I was listening to at the time. Darn you knock-off Percy and Monty.)

First, as I was baking the cupcakes, I decided to prematurely bake the vanilla part of only half of the cupcakes. I wasn't sure how the two batters would mix together and I wanted to compare two methods. However, as the vanilla part was baking, I forgot I didn't fill all the cupcake liners and went ahead and mixed in the cocoa powder. So, half of my cupcakes were chocolate cake all the way through. I did taste them and they were delicious too, so if you are prejudiced against vanilla (how dare you) you can keep them completely chocolate and they'll be good.