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Neapolitan Cake

Yield Serves 8
Prep: 45 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes

A three layer Neapolitan Cake covered in vanilla buttercream.


Vanilla cake

  • 230 grams (1 cup or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 315 grams (2 and 1/4 cups) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 240 ml (1 cup) full fat or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons full fat sour cream

Strawberry cake

  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • Pink food gel or food colouring

Chocolate cake

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Vanilla buttercream

  • 230 grams (1 cup or 2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 625 grams (5 cups) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 34 tablespoons full fat or whole milk, room temperature

To decorate

  • Assorted candy and chocolate*


  1. Grease and line three 6-inch round baking pans. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. In a large mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and sour cream and beat on a low speed until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  3. Divide batter evenly into three. To one batter, add strawberry extract and a few drops of pink food gel and stir. To another, add the cocoa powder and extra milk and stir until smooth. Leave the final batter as is (that’s the vanilla layer).
  4. Pour each batter into your three prepared cake tins. Bake cakes in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Carefully remove the cakes and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, then add the vanilla. Add icing sugar, one cup at a time. Add a tablespoon of milk as needed. Continue until you have used all the icing sugar and milk and the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  6. Use a serrated knife or a cake trimmer to even the top of both cakes. Place one cake on a small cake board, then cover the top with buttercream. Place the second cake on top. Cover top with buttercream.
  7.  Add third cake on top. Cover the entire cake, top and sides, with remaining buttercream. Use a cake scraper to remove excess buttercream on the sides.
  8. Cover the top of the cake with your favourite candy and chocolates.


*I used pieces of milk chocolate, white chocolate, Smarties, mini M&M’s and Freckles

Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: DessertCuisine: American
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