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  • Neapolitan Rose Cake

    filed under: Cakes on August 12, 2011

    This is the original Neapolitan Rose Cake… everything else is just a copy! 🙂 This cake is always a showstopper. Not only are people in love with how it looks, but who can resist vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate?

    Neapolitan Rose Cake

    Neapolitan Cake (Box Mix Version)

    There is a lot going on with this cake so I recommend starting out with cake mix. Meaning, bake 1 box of white cake in two 8-inch round cake pans, 1 box of strawberry cake in two 8-inch round cake pans, then 1 box of chocolate cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. You will only need one layer of each (1 white, 1 strawberry, 1 chocolate) so be sure to wrap up the other layers tight and  freeze until the next time you want to make this amazing cake!


    Neapolitan Cake

    Neapolitan Cake (From-Scratch Version)

    If you happen to want to make this cake from scratch I recommend baking one day then assembling and decorating the next.

    I made my perfect chocolate cake, a strawberry cake, and a white cake in 8-in round cake pans.  I added pink food color to my from-scratch strawberry cake to ensure it was a gorgeous shade that matched the buttercream.

    From Scratch Neapolitan Cake

    Neapolitan Buttercream

    I used the basic buttercream recipe below for the white and strawberry layers. Prepare your buttercream as directed and then divide into 2 bowls. One will stay white (vanilla) and the other will be tinted pink. I also added strawberry extract to the pink buttercream so it would taste like it looks!

    For the chocolate, I made a 1/2 batch of my favorite Chocolate Buttercream. You can make a full batch and freeze it with your other chocolate cake layer to save steps for the next time you prepare this cake! When freezing buttercream I place it in an airtight pastry bag, seal it, then drop that into a plastic bag. Allow it to come to room temperature before piping.

    Easy Neapolitan Rosette CakeRosette Cake

    To pipe this cake I started by placing my remaining buttercream (after you have added frosting between the layers and done a light crumb coat) into pastry bags fitted with 1M or 2D tips. Start and the bottom of the cake with chocolate and begin by piping a rosette. I like to end the rosette on top, leaving the “tail” where it will be hidden by the next row. Try to begin and end each flower in the same way to have a consistent overall look. You can find detailed information on a Rose Cake Tutorial here.

    Neapolitan Rosette Cake

    Next time I make this cake I will start by placing my chocolate cake on the cake stand and covering it with chocolate buttercream, not the strawberry as I did for the pictures.

    Neapolitan Cake


    5 from 4 votes
    Basic Vanilla Buttercream
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Author: Amanda
    • 1 c (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter softened
    • 2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 32 oz confectioners sugar sifted
    • 2 tbsp. whole milk you can use up to 1/2 cup
    • pinch salt
    1. Beat butter in bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. (about 3 minutes)
    2. Add vanilla extract.
    3. With the mixer on low, slowly add in confectioners sugar, milk, and salt; frequently scraping sides and bottom of the bowl.
    4. Once incorporated, whip frosting for at least 3 minutes on medium-high to high. (My mixer went for 7 minutes)
    5. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.

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    What is the recipe for the cakes? Or is it just a box and this is the frosting recipes? Thank you! This is beautiful!

    What ingredients did you for your cake mix for this cakes. I just love your videos.

    I made this cake for my daughters 23rd birthday it was amazing. I bought my first decorating tip to make it and thought it was not so perfect as your it was beautiful and looked like a master piece needless to say my daughter was so happy and excited and not to mention surprised by her mothers end product!
    I am now attemptiing to recreate by request of my SON! The same cake!! It is for his 18th birthday and is sharing it with a friend doing a joint birthday get together with their friends
    I have a question or asking for advice on how should I decorate it without the roses. Any suggestions?
    I have my first cake in the oven as I type this.

    How many people does the cake serve?

    Beautiful cake decorations. I will try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

    How much chocolate buttercream would I need to make for this cake? Recipe?

    Bonjour, esque je pourrait avoir en Français la recette? Merci pour votre compreantion 😉

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