Neapolitan Millionaire Cake

This Neapolitan Millionaire Cake is a fun mix of flavors and textures! It’s got chocolate cake on the bottom, strawberry cheesecake in the middle and vanilla bean mousse on top. A beautiful party in your mouth!

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!
Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!

Well I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the holiday. The hubs was out of town until late Saturday night, so I actually spent some time baking and catching up on some shows. It’s always nice to get a little time to catch up on my girly shows that the hubs doesn’t watch. :)

I did still get together with some friends for dinner and fireworks. I love watching fireworks and the past couple years we’ve had rain, so it was nice to finally see some fireworks this year!

Saturday I spent the third Saturday morning in a row taking Jessie (our black lab) to the vet. She has terrible summer allergies that cause her to scratch a bunch, which she has some medicine for, and it causes her to get ear infections if we don’t stay on top of cleaning them.

I do my best, but sometimes they get infected. She has a lot of skin folds in her ears where the doc says she’s more likely to get infection.

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!

The first week they told us it was an infection on the outer part of the ear, then they checked again and it was the inner ear. Finally she got a clean bill of ear health this weekend. And I could tell even before we went that she was better.

She’d started not really being herself – kind of being a loner and not as playful. Finally she was back to being herself and constantly under my feet as I was baking. Of course, now I’m glad to have her there because it means she’s better. Want to sit right under where the mixer is and have powdered sugar rain down on you? Go for it. :)

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!
Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!

So getting back to the cake, I made a funfetti version a while back and it was seriously AMAZING! Like, really. So I knew I needed to do another version at some point.

Neapolitan always reminds me of the neapolitan ice cream sandwiches we’d eat as kids. I always loved them because of the strawberry. I think I’ve said it before, but I’ve always been a strawberry fan. I’d eat the other flavors first and save the strawberry part for last. Plus, it’s pink. :)

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!

I used my favorite chocolate cake for the bottom layer. I always use Hershey’d Special Dark Cocoa, so it’s a pretty dark chocolate layer, but you could sub that out for regular cocoa, if you’d prefer.

I went with a strawberry cheesecake center and it is delicious! It took a couple tries to get the flavor just right. Strawberry surprising gets pretty hidden in a baked cheesecake in ways it didn’t when making a no bake version. This one uses strawberry extract and then some food color, and the strawberry flavor is terrific. I could eat that all by itself – being a strawberry kid and all.

And then the vanilla bean mousse – I just love those little speckles! And the whipped vanilla icing on the outside is one of my favorite icings. So light and vanilla-y. Mmmm mmm.

There’s a bit of work required, but it’s really not a hard cake to make. The fun mix of textures make it super unique and totally worth it.

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake - vanilla bean mousse, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake! So good!

Neapolitan Millionaire Cake

Yield: 9 inch cake

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powderpowder
1 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water

Strawberry Cheesecake
24 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
3 tbsp strawberry extract
about 20 drops red food color

Vanilla Bean Mousse
1 1/2 tsp powdered gelatin
1 1/2 tablespoons water
2 1/3 cups heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

Whipped Vanilla Icing
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the Chocolate Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Put all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture.
5. Mix until smooth.
6. Pour into prepared 9 inch pan and bake 35-38 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes in pan, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. Once cooled, cut off cake dome with a long serrated knife.

To make the Strawberry Cheesecake:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
2. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar and flour. Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter.
3. Add the sour cream and 2 eggs. Beat until just combined.
4. Add other 2 eggs, strawberry extract and red color. Beat until combined.
5. Pour the filling into the pan. Drop onto the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
6. Wrap bottom of pan in aluminum foil and prepare it for a water bath.
7. Place foil wrapped pan in a another pan large enough for a water bath. Fill water pan with warm water about half way up the sides of the springform pan.
8. Bake for 1 hour and 35 minutes.
9. Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for 20 minutes or until set. Center of cheesecake will not look fully cooked, but will continue to cook in the oven.
10. Open oven door halfway and let cool for about 10 minutes.
11. Refrigerate until firm 5-6 hours.
12. Remove cheesecake from springform pan.

To make the Vanilla Bean Mousse:
1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water, let stand for about 5 minutes. Place mixer bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
2. Take bowl out and whisk out of freezer and whisk 2 cups heavy cream at high speed until it begins to thicken.
3. Add sugar and vanilla bean paste and continue whisking on high until stiff peaks form.
4. Heat remaining heavy cream in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until warm.
5. Add gelatin to heavy cream and stir to combine. Allow to cool.
6. Add gelatin mixture to whipped cream. Stir to incorporate and whip back to stiff peaks, if needed.

To begin putting it all together:
1. Prepare the same springform pan you used to make the cheesecake and cake. Put parchment paper on the bottom and around the edges, sticking up above the top edge of the pan.
2. Place the cheesecake into the cake pan.
3. Pour the vanilla bean mousse on top of the cheesecake and spread evenly.
4. Refrigerate until set, about 2 1/2 hours.

Once the mousse has set, make the Whipped Vanilla Icing:
1. Put mixing bowl and whisk attachment in freezer for about 10 minutes.
2. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and whip cream on high until it begins to thicken.
3. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and whip on high until thick and creamy.

To finish off the cake:
1. Get cheesecake/mousse out of refrigerator.
2. Place chocolate cake on a cake board, or the plate you will serve it on.
3. Remove cheesecake and mousse layers from springform pan.
4. Spread a thin layer of icing on top of the chocolate cake. You can add a little cocoa to the icing for that layer if you don't want to see the white icing between the cake and cheesecake layer.
5. Place the cheesecake and mousse layers on top of the cake, using the cheesecake to lift it. The cheesecake should end up as the middle layer, with the cake on bottom and the mousse on top.
6. Ice the cake with the whipped icing.
7. Separate remaining icing into three bowls and color one brown with cocoa and one pink with food color. Pipe the three different colors onto the top of the cake in a pattern.
7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Note: I used the Ateco 849 icing tip for the top of the cake.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. This looks gorgeous and so good! Neapolitan is one of my favorites!
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  2. This cake is absolute cake perfection! Everything I ever wanted in one slice!

  3. Sorry about your dog’s allergies! I hope she does better this later part of summer! I love this cake. It is just gorgeous!! It would be perfect for a little baby girl shower!! :)
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  4. Marjorie Leatherwood says:

    This cake looks delicious, I don’t know if I will get it baked, but I can dream about it. Keep up the taste tempting recipes. I always enjoy your post.

  5. That is friggin’ gorgeous. Like, the prettiest cake I’ve seen in a while. And there’s cheesecake in it! And vanilla bean flecks! I’m not able to speak.
    Glad your doggie is better!
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  6. This looks absolutely delicious. Love the combination of chocolate cake, cheesecake and mousse. Stunning
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  7. This cake looks almost too delicious to eat! I think I’ll definitely have to make this for someone’s birthday thought. It sounds divine! How can you pass up cake, cheesecake, and mousse all in the same dessert?
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  8. This cake is absolutely amazing looking Lindsay!!!! I love neapolitan in every way, shape, or form!!! Right now I am craving it as a giant awesome cake!!!
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  9. this is so stunning! WOW!

  10. STUNNING!!!! Pinned!
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  11. This cake totally deserves millionaire in its name!
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  12. I just, I just want a slice of this cake RIGHT NOW! That mousse, that pink cheesecake layer, that chocolate cake! AAAGHHHH why aren’t we neighbors?! ;)
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  13. This cake is just SO stinking cute! The layers are just amazing!! I wouldn’t tell anyone except my blogging friends how much easier it is when no one is home. You can make a mess in the kitchen and not have to clean up, take out all my food props and watch whatever shows I want. Plus I don’t feel bad if I am baking late at night.
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  14. Your poor sweet Jessie! I’m glad to hear she’s feeling better but sorry to hear about the bad summer allergies! As for this cake – WOWZA it’s gorgeous! And talk about a labour of love. This is a total stunner. I can’t stop staring at your photos (and wishing I could grab a few slices through my screen, of course).
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  15. Girl, you make a cake like nobody else! Seriously! Gorgeous! I could each each of the layers by themselves here but together they sound like magic!
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  16. At first, I though it was ice cream cake, which is not my favorite dessert. But cake, cheesecake, and mousse? That makes it soooooo much better!
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  17. This looks amazingly delicious!! I am in love with your blog after that PB Cookie Dough Layer Cake. I’m about to make this cake today for my cousin’s birthday. I hope it comes out as well as yours did! I was curious though, and just wanted to make sure, Is there no baking powder in the Chocolate Cake recipe? I would have asked early but I just noticed it’s absence. Hope to hear from you quickly! Thanks for the beautiful recipe!!

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      It’s so great to hear that you enjoy the blog! :) The chocolate cake actually doesn’t have any baking powder, just baking soda. I know that’s unusual, but it is an amazing chocolate cake. I hope you enjoy the cake! Just let me know if you have any other questions.

  18. Loved that cake ur the best xxoo

  19. I made your Neapolitan Millionaire Cake today. Hats off to you. Your instructions were easy to follow and it turned out great. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      That’s so great to hear! I’m so glad it turned out well and it was easy to follow! :)

  20. Love it! My favourite part is the top..such cute piping!
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  21. My daughter would love this cake. So pretty.

  22. Lindsey Boyle says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    I just discovered your blog (a co-worker emailed it to me) and I LOVE it!

    Do you have any helpful hints for how you transfer your layers when you’re taking them in/out of pans, putting them back in pans or layering them on top of each other? That’s always where I have trouble!

    Thank you!

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Thank you so much Lindsey!

      I tried to be pretty specific in the instructions to help with all the layering. Using springform pans certainly helps. Just make sure when you add the mousse to the top of the cheesecake that you have parchment paper sticking up above the pan edges all the way around, since it will probably be taller than the pan. When you move the cheesecake/mousse layers to put on top of the cake, the cheesecake should be pretty sturdy to lift it. If you have a cake lifter, you could use that too. They’re easy to find at walmart or Michaels, but I don’t really think it’s necessary. Just let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! :)

  23. Hello this looks great I am making right now but I just noticed you said 8 inch for cake then in another comment you said use the same pan as cheesecake and cake and that pan is 9 inch just want to make sure I make in right size! Thanks so much

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Thank you for pointing that out. I’m sorry for the mistake. Everything should be in 9 inch pans. I’ve updated the recipe.

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