February 9, 2011


THIS CAKE IS SOOOOOOOOOO YUMMY!!!!!!! You have got to make this ASAP.  I used this strawberry cake recipe, then a chocolate and vanilla that I have made before.  Feel free to use your favorite recipes or even box mixes if you are pressed for time.  The original recipe fills each layer with strawberry jam, but as you know, I am a huge frosting lover, so I used frosting between the layers instead of jam.  It is definitely more impressive looking without the layer of frosting, but sometimes you have to do what you like, not what might look better.  

This really does taste like Neapolitan Ice Cream and it is one of the best cakes I have ever had.  It leaves a delicious aftertaste in your mouth and has you begging for more.  Enjoy!! 
Strawberry Cake
adapted from: here
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 oz. strawberry Jell-O
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 + 1/4 + 1/8 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
1/2 Tbl. vanilla
1/4 c. strawberry puree (I used frozen, sweetened strawberries and pureed them in my blender until smooth)

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add Jell-O.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Combine flour and baking powder and add alternately with milk and vanilla; beating until just combined.  Blend in strawberry puree.  Pour batter into one (9-inch) greased and floured cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (mine took 33 minutes) or until done.  Cool in pan 10 minutes, invert to rack and cool completely.  

Vanilla Cake
from: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour one (9-inch) round cake pan.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In another bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth.  Pour into dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 22-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert to rack and cool completely.

Chocolate Cake
adapted from: Martha Stewart
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. cocoa
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. warm water
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. buttermilk
1 1/2 Tbl. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour one (9-inch) cake pan; set aside.  In a large bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add egg, warm water, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Pour batter into prepared cake pan.  Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, about 24-25 minutes.  Cool in pan 10  minutes, invert to rack and cool completely.     

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
from: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 c. shortening, opt. (I add this to help my frosting 
     hold its shape better for piping)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. strawberry puree 
   (frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed)
2 tsp. strawberry extract
a few drops red food coloring, opt. 

Cream together butter, shortening and cream cheese until fluffy.  Add 2 cups powdered sugar.  Add 1/4 cup strawberry puree, strawberry extract and food coloring and beat until smooth.  Add remaining powdered sugar and strawberry puree alternately and beat until reaches desired consistency.

TO ASSEMBLE CAKE:  Slice the strawberry and the chocolate cake layers in half horizontally.  Trim the vanilla cake if you want it to be the same size as the strawberry and chocolate, if not, just leave it whole.  Place one chocolate layer down on your cake board and top with either strawberry jam or strawberry frosting.  Top with a strawberry layer and top with more jam or frosting.  Top with vanilla cake, then more jam or frosting.  Followed by the remaining chocolate layer, jam or frosting, then top with the remaining strawberry layer.  Frost entire cake with strawberry frosting and decorate as desired.  Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.  Bring to room temperature before serving.       


  1. I'm terribly afraid of making cakes, but I really want to learn how. Did you make and bake one layer at a time? Also, will the cake deflate if you bake it and take it out when it's "done" only to find it isn't? Thanks! Btw, your cake looks beautiful. I will make it one day.

  2. That looks super yummy, I don't even like cake that much. I may have to make this sometime.

  3. Esther, I baked the strawberry and vanilla layer at the same time, but the vanilla baked faster than the strawberry, so I had to get that out before it burned. I baked the chocolate layer separate. If my oven was big enough I would have baked them all at the same time, since they all bake at the same temperature. I have had cakes fall on me before from opening up the oven door too soon, but hopefully the recipes you use will be pretty accurate for timing. I always test mine with a toothpick and make sure no crumbs are attached. You can also lightly press the top of the cake and if it springs back then it is done. Thanks for the questions! Good Luck.

  4. omg!!! this looks soooo good:)
    My mouth is watering!! I will have to try out the recipes minus the eggs!!
    LOVE it...

  5. Oh my! Saw this on Whipperberry! I've got to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a beautiful cake! Thanks for linking up!

  8. love your layers in teh cake!! they look great!

  9. This looks so good. I don't even like neopolitan ice cream, but your cake looks like something I'd love to make. Yum!

  10. My daughter-in-law just made me one of these cakes for my 50th birthday. It was wonderful. Yours looks absolutely wonderful.

  11. What a fantastically epic cake! I love it. X

  12. This cake is perfection. I'd put strawberry cheesecake in the middle to make it more ME, lol.

  13. I think I'm in love!!! I feel compelled to bake this cake RIGHT NOW. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love it with the frosting. I'm glad you did it that way. And any site called 'Eat Cake for Dinner' is right up my alley:).

  16. That cake is almost too pretty to eat! Glad I found your blog from a blog hop! I am a new follower :)

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  17. WOW!!! You've got me hungry. Your cake is perfection.

    I've added it to my bake soon list. Thanks.

  18. Looks so good wow I must make this.

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  19. This cake looks awesome, I love the colors! I'm hosting a link party and would love you to pop in and link up a recipe or two sometime!

    I'm also your newest follower!


  20. Your cake looks GORGEOUS and delicious! Beautiful job!

  21. Love this I have to make it for my next get together its so pretty. Great job

  22. I've died and gone to heaven!! This looks unbelievable! I am so trying this soon. Maybe for my daughters birthday. She turns 4 in August : )

  23. What a beautiful cake! I love the layers - just like the ice cream! YUM!

  24. Oh my sweet yumminess!! Beautiful cake & it looks so good!

  25. What a beautiful cake! I'm storing this one away for a special occasion :D

  26. This cake is SO BEAUTIFUL! I have made a neopolitan cake before where you basically drop scoops of each different batter into a bundt pan, then glaze with chocolate glaze. It was really good! I remember thinking it would be the perfect birthday cake, but YOUR CAKE is the super star!

    Gotta try that! Do you do anything special for frosting the cake - do a crumb coat or anything like that?

    I really want to try a "beautiful cake" (I tend to just use 9 x 13 - boring presentation but good taste, but really want to go for the whole shebang!)

    Can't wait to try this!

  27. That looks super yummy, I don't even like cake that much. I may have to make this soon, looks very much delicious, I hope it will be best cake for today 's dinner.

  28. Not going to lie, this cake looks FANTASTIC! I was searching for a good birthday cake recipe for my sister in-law, and saw your top recipes from 2011. SO glad you posted those! Needless to say, you'll probably see your site mentioned a few times next month over on www.sweettreatsandgoodeats.com


  29. Found you on Tip Junkie! This cake looks AMAZING! I've pinned it and tweeted it, thanks for sharing!

  30. I found your blog today and Im sure glad I did heeh You have such cute recipies!!! They all look soooo goooooood!!!

  31. This make up my day! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe! I really really want to make a layered cake and this post makes all my dilemma go away... Thanks!

  32. Hey Jenn I have a few quesions I am going to make this for fathers day and want to get it right. I could only find frozen strawberries could I just puree those with a little sugar or do I have to have the strawberries in the liquid? Also might sound dumb but its just the powder of the strawberry jello that you put into the cake right? Last one is for the middle layers if I want to do jelly do I just use any strawberry jelly that I have or is there a recipe for that.. Thanks so much let me know and I will get to work lol

    1. Hi! For the strawberry cake - you could use frozen strawberries and puree them with a little sugar. For the frosting - I made a frosting once with fresh pureed strawberries and it caused it to separate and it was watery and a mess. I don't know if the regular frozen strawberries would be different? The frozen strawberries that come in syrup work great for the frosting, because it is super thick and not watery at all. So, be careful with the frosting. The frozen strawberries in syrup come in a yogurt/sour cream type container by the bags of frozen berries, but all stores might not carry it. Yes - just use the powder of the strawberry jello. I do not have a recipe for the strawberry jelly, so just use your favorite one. I really hope it works out for you! - Jenn

  33. Jenn:
    I have a couple of questions about the strawberry cream cheese frosting.
    1) how many Tbsp = 2 cubes butter?
    2) how many oz = 1 stick cream cheese?
    I LOVE cake above all else and am anxious to make this recipe. Thanks - Diane

    1. Hi Diane,
      1) 2 cubes of butter = 2 sticks of butter (16 Tbsp)
      2) 1 stick of cream cheese = 8 ounces

      Great questions, I will update my recipe. P.S. I just made this again for my Mom on her birthday and my family loved it!

  34. Hi, Jenn:
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the rapid reply and for answering my questions. Gotta get baking now; can hardly wait to make this scrumptious creation! Also, looking forward to all your future entries.