This Neapolitan cake combines the delicious flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry! Vanilla and chocolate cake are layered with vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberry slices! This cake is vegan friendly and includes a gluten-free option as well!
In our family, birthdays are a big deal. We each take the day off from work and school and celebrate the birthday person all. day. long. Whatever they want…within reason, of course. Sometimes it’s a certain restaurant or movie, but most of the time, both kids, my husband, and I really just want to spend the day together, whatever the plan.
My son’s birthday was this past week and he just wanted to have a movie day with us, along and his favorite food. His menu “musts” consisted of crepes for breakfast and Korean for dinner. Oh, and he definitely wanted to go to his favorite Boba Tea place for an afternoon treat!
For his cake he asked for this Neapolitan cake, same as last year. Great choice, Caleb!
It all started on his birthday last year, when he said he wanted a vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cake. I thought, what a genius idea! I looked up “Neapolitan cake” and apparently others think so too, since it’s definitely a thing! Most of the cakes out there had a vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cake layer. Although it seemed like a good thing to do, it also seemed like a lot of work to make three separate flavored cakes, especially the strawberry layer, when I could just use fresh strawberries in the cake.
Not only did it work out great, I even used the same mixing bowl for both cakes. Since I made the vanilla layer first, I just made the chocolate cake after without worrying with washing in between. Both cakes use most of the same ingredients, so just leave them out for the second go round.
Trust me when I say this Neapolitan Cake is a delicious option since you get the best of all three flavors! It’s also a great choice for the indecisive person…ahem, like me!
This cake is naturally egg-free, but you can’t taste a difference. It actually makes the cakes incredibly tender, which is good, but it also makes them a little more delicate. I find the easiest way to put a layered cake together is to bake them a day or two beforehand, wrap them well and freeze them. The day you want to put the cake together, the cakes hold up well when frosting, plus it locks in the cakes moisture under the frosting.
You can also make this dairy-free, by using dairy-free butter and plant-based milk. For the butter, I like Miyoko’s European Vegan Butter because it acts like real butter and tastes the best, but you can use your favorite vegan butter or even vegetable shortening.
I included gluten-free options for both cakes. The yellow cake has a blend of gluten-free flours to give it the best texture and flavor, but the chocolate does fine with a simple gluten-free measure for measure flour. I like and use King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour.
This cake is the perfect dessert to make for just about any occasion! And since it has a combo of flavors, it caters to just about any palate too! Hope you enjoy it, and don’t forget to leave a review if you do!
If you like this, be sure to check out these similar recipes:
This Vegan Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Buttercream has tender white cake layered with a delicious strawberry buttercream and fresh strawberry slices!
If you don’t have a lot of time, try this Simple Strawberry Snack Cake! It’s made in one pan and has strawberries baked on top so it doesn’t need frosting!
For my fellow chocolate lovers, this Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake combines the classic combo of chocolate and berries! It’s also filled with a yummy homemade raspberry jam!Print