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Neapolitan Cake Recipe

Neapolitan Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Divide batter into three equal portions. Pour one portion into a greased 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 no swirl.
  • 2. 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: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2017

"This cake doesn’t need anything extra like powdered sugar, frosting, etc. It is very easy to bake, and everyone loves the flavor. Once it is cut, the colors (or layers) make it look as though it is a fancy cake. Everyone loves it."

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?"

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."

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"

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

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

Reviewed May. 1, 2009

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

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