Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Neapolitan Cake

Strawberry Cake
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
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
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
2 cubes butter, softened
1/3 c. shortening, opt. (I add this to help my frosting 
     hold its shape better for piping)
1 stick 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:  Place the strawberry cake on a plate and top with either strawberry jam or strawberry frosting.(I mixed a little jam with the frosting for the filling) Top with the vanilla cake and more jam or frosting.  Top with the chocolate cake, then more jam or frosting. Frost entire cake with strawberry frosting and decorate as desired.  Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.  Bring to room temperature before serving.
* I made this for Fathers Day to being to my in laws and it was pretty good I had some issues with my cakes My chocolate cake sunk and my strawberry cake overflowed in the oven lol but I made them work and it turned out pretty good considering lol I got this recipe again from and hers turned out much prettier then mine lol but I am sure that the flavors were all there. It really did taste like the ice cream. I give it a 4

Here are my cakes the top is ready to baked and the bottom are my baked cakes lol they were a mess.

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