Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

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This Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake is a tasty combination of chocolate cake and strawberry & vanilla ice cream. It’s reminiscent of the neapolitan ice cream sandwiches I ate as a kid, and I didn’t want to stop eating it!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream! Delicious!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an ice cream cake. I figured it was time to fix that. After making my Neapolitan Millionaire Cake and being reminded of how tasty the flavor combination is, it seemed like the perfect new version to make.

So on Friday night, a totally awful thing happened. My phone died. I dropped it and it cracked and it wouldn’t turn on again. It was lost forever and along with all my info and ability to connect with the world.

Ok, so that might be extreme, but I felt naked and disconnected.

I’m so used to having everything right at my fingertips, it was kind of awful to not have it. And the hubs wasn’t home, so I wanted to call him and freak out but I couldn’t. We don’t have a landline. So I brilliantly Facebook messaged him from my laptop since I knew it’d notify him on his phone. He assured me it’d be fine and I relaxed. Good thing I have him. 🙂

Despite the issues celebs have been having with their iCloud account photos being hacked, I have to say I was thankful for those auto backups at that moment. I have some great photos from recent outings like our trip to the beach that I would have been super sad to lose forever.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream

Fortunately I have a super handy hubs. I know I’ve bragged about him before, but he never fails to impress me. That night he managed to get my phone number switched over to his old phone, so I was somewhat back in business. I was able to set most things back up the next day.

I still feel a little naked since my contacts haven’t been updated. I have no phone numbers except the ones from those who have called or texted me over the weekend. Hopefully Verizon can get my phone numbers off my old one, I just haven’t gone by to try yet.

Fortunately I still had one more piece of this ice cream cake tucked away in the freezer to help me feel better. It’s super tasty and makes all the problems in the world fall away. The strawberry layer is my fave and always has been in any neapolitan dessert.

The ice cream layers are made without an ice cream machine, making it a simple ice cream cake to make. The ice cream is also nice and thick before being frozen. Once the chocolate cake is made and cooled, the ice creams can be layered without having to freeze one and then layer the other and freeze again, which is a great time saver.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake, strawberry and vanilla ice cream
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake - moist chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream. So easy to make!

You really can’t beat a combination of ice cream and cake. And rather than make a cake and serve it with a scoop of ice cream, why not combine them into one fabulous cake? Don’t mind if I do.

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Recipe

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake is a tasty combination of chocolate cake and strawberry & vanilla ice cream. It’s reminiscent of the neapolitan ice cream sandwiches I ate as a kid, and I didn’t want to stop eating it!


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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 1 cup (130g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp (43g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) boiling water

STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 4 tsp strawberry extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed (or homemade whipped cream)
  • about 20 drops red food coloring

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed (or homemade whipped cream)

WHIPPED CREAM ICING 

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

NOTE: 8-inch springform pans are best for this recipe so that you can easily remove the cake once it’s been assembled. If you do not have a springform pan, line your pan with clear wrap before adding your parchment paper and cake board. You can use the clear warp to lift your cake out of the pan once it’s assembled and frozen. You want to make your cake layers in the same pan you’ll use for layering the ice cream and cake together so that they cake layers fit in the final pan you use for layering.

CHOCOLATE CAKE:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C).
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 at medium speed until smooth.
6. Pour into one 8-inch pan and bake 40-42 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes in pans, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. Once cooled, cut off cake dome with a long serrated knife.

STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA ICE CREAM:

1. Once the cake has cooled, make the strawberry ice cream. Combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add the milk and strawberry extract and mix until completely combined.
2. Fold in the cool whip and food color, then set aside.
3. To make the vanilla ice cream, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract and mix until completely combined.
4. Fold in the cool whip.

ASSEMBLING IT ALL:

1. Line the sides of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper should stick up above the top edge of the pan, since the cake will probably be a little taller than your pan. If you want, put a cardboard cake circle in the bottom of the pan.
NOTE: You should be using the same 8-inch pan you used for the cake. Not all 8-inch pans are exactly the same size. Your cake needs to fit in this pan.
2. Put the chocolate cake in the bottom of your pan.
3. Top cake with the strawberry ice cream and spread into an even layer.
4. Carefully add vanilla ice cream and spread into an even layer.
5. Allow ice cream cake to freeze completely, 6-8 hours.
6. When frozen, remove cake from springform pan and remove parchment paper from sides.
7. To make icing, put mixing bowl and whisk attachment in freezer for about 10 minutes.
8. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and whip cream on high until it begins to thicken.
9. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and whip on high until thick and creamy.
10. Ice cake and freeze until serving.

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61 Comments
  1. Lindsey+@+American+Heritage+Cooking

    GORGEOUS photos! Do you have boxes of artsy straws and sprinkles in every color just waiting for the right cake?! Jealous. This cake looks delicious! Love that it is so easy to make even though it looks super complicated! Hope you get a new phone soon!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Lindsey! And I wish I had every color! I think I have the main straw colors covered, but not the sprinkles. I literally picked those pink ones out of a mixed sprinkle jar. So tedious. I need to finally order them separately online.

      1. Lindsey+@+American+Heritage+Cooking

        Haha! I’ve been known to pick out specific colors of M&M’s…Ordering separate colors is definitely a good call!

  2. Jocelyn+(Grandbaby+cakes)

    Girl this cake is amaze balls. I can’t stop staring at it. I’m officially addicted. Thank you so much for including my recipe too my dear. Much love!

  3. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    This is such a beautiful cake!
    That really stinks about your phone BUT I bet this cake more than made up for it!

  4. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    Yum! As the weather gets colder I swear I crave ice cream more than I did in the summer! This looks so great!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Ice cream is great year round, I think. I’ve been known to have ice cream birthday cakes for my birthday in December. Why not? 🙂

  5. Jaren+(Diary+of+a+Recipe+Collector)

    Neapolitan is one of my favorites! This looks fantastic! I get all jittery and nervous if I just leave my phone at home. I’d freak if I broke it!

  6. Mir

    It’s amazing how your phone has so much power. I dropped mine in the toilet at Starbucks a few months back (lesson: do not keep phone in back pocket) and I felt lost.
    This cake is beyond amazing, Lindsay! It looks just like the ice cream, but better. And gorgeous, like all your cakes!

      1. Wilma

        Hi Lindsay, if you remove the cake from the freezer just before serving, isn’t the cake part still frozen and how would you let it thaw without the rest of the cake melting?

      2. Lindsay

        The ice cream in this cake is a no churn ice cream, so it doesn’t really melt the same way a traditional ice cream does. You could let it sit for 20 minutes and it would be fine.

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