Decadent three layer, three flavor Neapolitan Cake recipe! This incredible, iconic cake is made with vanilla cake, strawberry cake and chocolate cake, all frosted with a strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache. I also add strawberry jam on the inside and fresh strawberries on top! If you love Neapolitan ice cream, you’re going to love the delicious combination of flavors in this cake! It’s the perfect cake recipe for any special occasion!
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How to Make Neapolitan Cake
Making this three layer, three flavor cake is actually easier than it looks! I start this cake with a simple vanilla cake batter, then split the batter into equal thirds. One third I leave plain for the vanilla cake layer. For the strawberry layer, I add this strawberry emulsion, strawberry jam and a bit of red and pink food coloring (affiliate links). Next for the chocolate, I add a bit of cocoa powder and melted chocolate chips. I always use a combination of both of my chocolate cakes for maximum flavor!
To bring all three cake layers together, I went with one of my all-time favorite frosting flavors – strawberry! This strawberry buttercream is super easy to make and the flavor is perfect! When making the buttercream, make sure to whip the butter by itself before adding anything else. I usually whip my butter for 7 to 9 minutes, until it’s almost white in color and really creamy. Next, add in the confectioner’s sugar. I recommend adding at least 3 cups for this recipe. Adding more sugar will make the frosting thicker and fluffier but sweeter. Once you add in the flavors, do not mix for too long!! Overmixing with the strawberry jam already added can cause the buttercream to separate.
I garnish this stunning Neapolitan cake with my simple chocolate ganache recipe. I made approximately 1/2 cup of chocolate ganache and let it cool at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. When the ganache is too hot, it will be too runny and it will also melt the buttercream a little bit. Allow it to cool then transfer into a disposable plastic bag or pastry bag, cut off a small tip, then pour over the edges. Check out my video recipe for the ganache for an in-depth tutorial.
Need a few supplies to make this cake? Here are the links to the products I used for this recipe (affiliate links):
- Strawberry Emulsion – I love the flavor of this extract!
- Ateco Turntable – a must for every cake decorator!
- Cake Spatulas and Cake Scraper – use these tools for a perfectly level and pretty cake.
- Cake Decorating Tips – this set has all my favorite piping tips!
Enjoyed this Neapolitan cake recipe? Check out some of my other decadent cake recipes!
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- Strawberry Zefir Torte – strawberry cake made with Russian marshmallow layers!
- Blackberry Lime Cake – fruity berry cake filled with homemade lime curd!
- Strawberry Tuxedo Cake – vanilla and chocolate cake with no-bake cheesecake filling!
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