Neapolitan Cake Recipe
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Neapolitan Cake Recipe

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I received this easy recipe from a friend. It's a pretty cake for birthday parties. I like to add some strawberry extract to the pink portion of the batter. —Marianne Waldman, Brimfield, Illinois
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 193 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Divide batter into three equal portions.
  2. Pour one portion into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Stir red food coloring into another portion; carefully spoon into pan. Stir chocolate syrup and cocoa into remaining batter; carefully spoon into pan. Do not swirl.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Neapolitan Cake in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p48

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clanne04 User ID: 4104311 135799
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Great cake, everyone loved it!"

Ursa2282 User ID: 1125584 67469
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Quick & easy, very tasty. Because we love the chocolate/orange combination, I did do a little alteration that turned out great - I brought the red food coloring down to 4, added 5 drops yellow food coloring, and added about 1/4 tsp of orange extract to the orange batter portion."

Clerkmary User ID: 3409789 107639
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I made this cake for our family reunion and everyone loved it! it's easy for little hands to hold onto and eat. I used some strawberry jello for the strawberry flavor, it was great!"

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 131152
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"This is a fun cake to serve as it looks so nice. I make it often, varying the colors. For PTuttle who has problems with the cake sticking, don't forget to grease AND flour the pan. Works for me."

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 205892
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This recipe tastes great. I added 2 tbs. of strawberry Nestle's Quick to the pink batter and that worked well. I did have a big problem with the cake releasing from the Bundt pan (allegedly non-stick and greased on top of that with vegetable shortening). It broke apart badly, but my family didn't mind because it still tasted great. I would like to make this cake for company sometime. Does anyone have any advice on the sticking problem? I'm thinking it might be because I used one of those "pudding in the mix" yellow cake mixes. Do you think it might have been too moist?"

tgbvmb User ID: 1390093 145539
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Great party cake with minimal effort! Vary the colors for the season: green instead of red for St Pat's, green instead of chocolate for Christmas, purple instead of chocolate for Easter, etc. Each color can be flavored with extract or not. Or color with drink mix (Kool Ade is one brand) to flavor & color all at once."

barssbill User ID: 4397091 57730
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"I have made this and used strawberry quick for the pink portion. I also drizzle chocolate frosting over the cooled cake. Every one loved it!! Jan in MI"

eunicepatin User ID: 3424148 53562
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

"What kind the sauce we can serve this cake?"

panda.123abc User ID: 4061261 132038
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"I've made this several times. Easy to make and tastes great!"

mighead User ID: 3822464 132037
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"What a great idea!!! Looks wonderful! Sooohhh easy!"

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