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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
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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 serving (1 piece) equals 193 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g 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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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Great cake, everyone loved it!"

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."

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!"

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."

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?"

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