I haven’t had spumoni ice cream in years (hey St. Louis, are there restaurants here that give spumoni ice cream away as a free dessert like they do on Long Island?). I decided to rectify that by making homemade spumoni – in spumoni cupcake form, of course!
For the uninitiated, spumoni ice cream as served in America’s Italian restaurants is a mix of three flavors: chocolate, pistachio (typically in some very fake green color), and cherry. It often contains candied cherries and other fruit bits between the layers. When I was handed one from an older waiter with a gold chain and a smile or an adorable, shy busboy who was probably the owner’s son, I would always head directly for the chocolate and avoid the candied fruit bits at all costs.
My spumoni cupcakes begin with pistachio cake made with pistachio oil and loaded with finely chopped nuts, filled with cherry jam, frosted with chocolate cream cheese frosting, and topped with chopped pistachios and a maraschino cherry. Unlike the ice cream itself, I enjoy every part of the spumoni cupcakes and the best bite is the one with every part together.
Spumoni Cupcake Recipe
I used pistachio oil in these spumoni cupcakes to give them an extra pistachio kick. I realize that it is an expensive and difficult to find oil. You can substitute any vegetable oil – ideally one from another nut like peanut or walnut – but I encourage you to splurge for the full pistachio experience.