Italian Cream Cupcakes might not actually be from Italy…but they’re still one heck of a delicious dessert!
Recipe names are a funny, funny thing. I mean some recipes make sense. Take a Lowcountry Shrimp Boil (or this Lowcountry Shrimp Perloo), for example. The lowcountry (southern coastal area of South Carolina) has plenty of shrimp. In fact, I remember seeing the shrimp boats coming back in the evenings when I was growing up down in Charleston. And since shrimp is plentiful in the area, lowcountry shrimp dishes make sense. Same logic works for Louisiana and the Cajun Crawfish Boil. (mmm…crawfish!)
But then you run up against some really strange recipes. Take the Italian Cream Cake, for instance. The name suggests that it comes from Italy, right? Nope. Not at all. In fact, there is very little Italian about an Italian Cream Cake. The cake is topped with a tasty cream cheese frosting…but cream cheese isn’t really common in Italian cooking. Mascarpone is. But not cream cheese.
It seems that the first recipe for an Italian Cream Cake actually appears in a Dallas, TX newspaper in the mid 1930’s. Some folks say that an Italian baker living the southern part of the U.S. invented the cake…thus the name. No-one really knows. But then again, I’m not sure I really care. Italian Cream Cakes are one heck of a delicious dessert!
Speaking of recipes in various parts of the world, Laura and I just booked a summer vacation. We’re doing a Rhine river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. Most of the stops along the cruise are in German cities, though, and I can’t wait to visit Germany!
Have any of you guys ever visited any of the German towns along the Rhine? Anyone ever done a Rhine river cruise? I’d welcome any and all advice that you might be willing to pass my way! I’m sure I’ll have all sorts of fun stories to share after that trip, but we’re currently in the planning/anticipating phase. (And for me, half the fun of a vacation is the anticipation!)
But back to the Italian Cream Cake…or, in this case, Italian Cream Cupcakes. If you’ve never come across this cake, then you’re in for a treat! Italian Cream Cupcakes feature pecans and coconut both as garnishes as well as ingredients in the actual cupcake. So these cupcakes actually have a bit of a tropical flavor going on. Oh, and buttermilk is used as the liquid to provide a rich flavor to the cake. Top these bad boys with a maraschino cherry, and you’ve got one delicious dessert! Enjoy!