Neapolitan cake

Alexander is a bit obsessed with the idea of cake. Instead of reading him bedtime stories, we spend the last few minutes of his day looking at cake recipes everyday. He'd point at the pictures and I'd tell him the name of each cake. That said, he doesn't actually like eating cakes; he just loves looking at them and helping me bake cakes and he'll lick the spoon and be all excited while it's in the oven but when it's actually ready, he'd just have one mouthful and that will be enough.

So anyway, I thought it'd be fun to bake a Neapolitan cake with him with the three different layers and colours to really make his day. As always, he only had one bite (of each layer) and guess what? That really did make his day. Weirdo.
Neapolitan cake (makes one 20-cm round cake or two 10-cm round cakes)

Ingredients

4 cups self raising flour
2 cups caster sugar
250g butter, melted
11/4 cups milk
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
115g baking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries, pureed
2 drops pink food colour (optional)
300ml cream, whipped

Method

1. Preheat oven to  180 degrees celsius, Grease three 20 cm-round cake tins of the same size.

2. Combine flour, sugar, butter , milk, eggs and vanilla essence in large bowl and stir until smooth.

3. Pour one-third of the batter into one cake tin. In a separate bowl, mix one-third of batter, the strawberries and pink food color. Pour into second cake pan. Stir melted chocolate into remaining batter and pour into remaining cake tin.

4. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool, then trim off top of cakes to make level.  


6.  Place chocolate cake on serving plate or cake stand. Add 3-4 tablespoons of whipped cream on cake and spread with spatula. Repeat with strawberry and vanilla cake layers.

7. Garnish with fresh strawberries, chocolates and vanilla sticks (optional).

14 Responses to Neapolitan cake

kidgranny said...

That is so funny that he just loves the process of baking a cake but isn't all that interested in eating them {I am the opposite}!! Haha. And with your help, he's probably a way better baker than I am already! :)

Anouk said...

I love the way the cake turned out! It looks so tempting!!!

Luxessed

Ananka said...

This looks amazing! Wow :-D

Pamela RG said...

Looks so delicious! You are a talented baker.

Rose said...

Good that your boy loves cake and you can bake and feed him. ^^

Lovely cake. Love the layered colour of the cake.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

Sounds like you could have a budding chef on your hands!
I use to love it when my Mum baked a neapolitan cake, she'd use a heart shaped cake tin, it was the best :)

Sartorial Diner said...

Omg that cake looks so delicious! I love baking and hopefully when I have kids one day they'll want to bake with me or at least eat what I make haha. Will definitely be keeping this recipe!

burntfeather said...

That looks like it came straight out of a doll's house - way too precious!

Enara Girl said...

It looks yummy! I want to try it! xoxo

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

So pretty! I was just looking at the Neapolitan cake in the Brit&Co. book, love it!
I made an ice cream version once, which was also fun :-)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Too funny! It definitely looks like a cake that is worth more than one bite :)

Sharon D said...

He's so adorable, Trishie!
The cake looks beautiful. I'm going to try decorating my cakes this way from now onwards. It's elegant!

rooth said...

Now that's cute - wonder what it is about them

Sharlynn Ng said...

Gorgeous cake you've got there and your son sure sounds like he's got somewhat of a personality going on! That's so lovely that he's into cakes! I was more into fried wantons when I was really young and didn't get interested into baked goods until I was older :p