This delightful recipe is a beautiful way to combine our Bakeshop Birthday Party's colors into a sweet treat the kids will love. Cake design inspired by Sweetapolita.
Not only is this chocolate cake delicious, but the exposed layers create a visually stunning centerpiece for the party!”
Chocolate Layer Cake:
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup strong coffee
Heat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.
In a medium-size bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients except the sugar; set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until pale and fluffy.
Mix the eggs, milk and vanilla together, then add to the butter mixture.
Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the coffee to the butter mixture (start and end with the .dry ingredients).
Divide the batter among the three pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
Neapolitan Cake Frosting:
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 egg whites
- 1 pound unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup melted bittersweet chocolate
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Red food coloring (optional)
Combine sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl. Whisk together over simmering water until hot to the touch, and until all the sugar has melted and is no longer grainy.
Transfer bowl to mixer stand and whip on high until fluffy and cool (about 10 minutes).
With the mixer on low, add the softened butter one tablespoon at a time until incorporated. Add vanilla. Beat until smooth. (The mixture may appear curdled, but continue to mix and it will become smooth.)
Divide the frosting into three bowls. In one of the bowls, stir in the melted bittersweet chocolate to make the chocolate frosting. In another bowl, add the strawberries and 1 tablespoon sugar to a blender; puree. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Stir 1/2 cup of puree into the frosting. If you prefer a deeper red, add a few drops of red food coloring.
Trim the cake layers with a sharp, serrated knife so they're as flat as possible. Freeze the layers for 15 minutes.
Top the first layer with chocolate frosting and smooth with an offset spatula. Leave a 1-inch border around the outside.
Add another layer and repeat with the vanilla frosting. Add the final layer upside down and top with strawberry frosting.
Using a large star tip, pipe the borders of the cake with the corresponding frosting. Top with chocolate sprinkles.