Verbatim. Me: Mom, what we should serve for your birthday, cake, pie, something else? Mom: Cake. Specifically cupcakes. Me: What flavor do you want for these cupcakes? Mom: Oh I don’t know…
And I said (in my head) WE WILL HAVE ALL THE FLAVORS! And, Neapolitan cake was to be made. I know I am not the first person to attempt colored or layered cakes, so this is not new. But, I have to say it turned out cute enough that I wanted to show it off. And, yes, yes you can do it too.
Starting off with 3 cake batters, Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla, I made an 8″ round of each. I had SO much leftover batter that I thought I’d attempt the cupcakes as well, since they were specifically requested. During their cooling, I made a Vanilla Bean Buttercream, as well as a Strawberry Buttercream, and a Milk Chocolate frosting. I’m such an overachiever.
From the photos of the cake you can see that I layered the chocolate on the bottom, put down some of the Vanilla Bean Buttercream, then layered the Vanilla, put down some of the Strawberry Buttercream, and placed the Strawberry layer on top, and covered the entire thing in the Milk Chocolate frosting. The assembled cake then went into the fridge while I started on the cooled cupcakes.
In my humble opinion, the candies you see on the tops of the cupcakes were proportionally too big. I searched high and low for the old school Brach’s Neapolitan candies, they are the perfect square shape and I would have used those to decorate the cake and cupcakes. Couldn’t find them to save my life – gone are the days of the Brach’s candy dispenser displays at grocery and drug stores. Le sigh. So, in a crazy what-are-the-odds kind of day, while with my daughter at Michael’s we spied the old school Neapolitan candy bars!! Snapped up 4, and took home to cut up. I knew I needed a piece to top the cupcakes, but couldn’t decide how to decorate the cake. I had a ton of Strawberry Buttercream, but not as much Vanilla Bean or Milk Chocolate frosting left to use. So, we came up with what you see in the pics below – I think it turned out super cute. I failed to get a pic of the inside of the cupcakes, but it was exactly how it should be, as I had layered each type of batter on top of another. They all tasted sublime too – a fresh Strawberry Buttercream is divine, by the way. You should definitely try it out. Even for a chocoholic like myself it warranted multiple tastings right out of the mixer bowl!!!