Recipe by Shaina Olmanson

Neapolitan Cakes

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Medium Medium
24 Servings

For most of us, the word “Neapolitan” evokes memories of peeling back a thin layer of film from an ice-cream square and revealing the tri-colored frozen cream beneath. Here the strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate come together in cake form, all topped off with a pretty spiral swirl of frosting. This recipe makes a large batch of cupcake-sized desserts. Full of nostalgia and whimsy, it’s perfect for a child’s birthday party or any kind of backyard bash. Makes 24 individual cakes.


Strawberry Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups cake flour

  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons Haddar Baking Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 12 tablespoons (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and pureed, preferably, or 3/4 cup frozen strawberry puree

  • 4 large egg whites or 3/4 cup Haddar Egg Whites

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the White and Chocolate Cakes

  • 2 and 1/2 cups cake flour

  • 2 teaspoons Haddar Baking Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup hot coffee, or 1/4 cup boiling water

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder


  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more as needed

  • 3 strawberries, hulled and pureed




Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the insides of 24 four-ounce jars with canola oil.

Prepare the Strawberry Cake Batter


Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and strawberry puree, and beat, starting slowly and then more quickly, for two to three minutes, until you have a very thick batter.


In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until frothy, then whisk in the milk.


Add one-third cup of the egg white mixture to the batter, then beat until incorporated. Repeat until all the egg white mixture is incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go. When all the egg white mixture has been added, set the batter aside.

Prepare the White and Chocolate Cake Batters


Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.


In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.


In a separate bowl, combine the milk and cream.


Stir one-third cup of the milk mixture into the butter mixture, and then stir one-third cup of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Continue alternating additions of milk and flour until they are fully incorporated into the batter. Stir in the vanilla.


Divide the batter between two bowls. In a small bowl, mix together the hot coffee and the cocoa, and add this mixture to one of the bowls, creating the chocolate cake batter.

Assemble and Bake


Layering the flavors one at a time, scoop or spoon two tablespoons of each of the three cake batters into each of the prepared jars.


Place the jars two inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the centers of the cakes spring back when touched. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool completely.

Prepare the Frosting


While the cakes are baking, make the frosting. Cream the butter, add the confectioners’ sugar, and beat thoroughly. Beat in two tablespoons of the heavy cream.


Divide the frosting into thirds. Add the strawberry puree to one third and mix in. Beat the bittersweet chocolate into the second third and the vanilla extract into the final third. Add a teaspoon or two of additional heavy cream to the buttercream frostings, if needed, for a smooth consistency.


Transfer the three frostings to three piping bags. Cut the tips off to create a half-inch opening, and then place the three bags into one larger pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cakes in a swirl shape before serving.


Recipe excerpted from Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine.

Neapolitan Cakes

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Esti Vann
Esti Vann
4 years ago

Make in advance? How many days will this last without getting soggy? also, how much room should be left in the jar for the cake to rise and for the frosting?


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Reply to  Esti Vann
4 years ago

Not more than a day or two.