Saturday, December 15, 2012

Neapolitan Christmas Cake~ Baking Partners Challenge# 5

Neapolitan Christmas Cake

 Baking Partners fifth challenge post- Neapolitian Christmas Cake. Baking partners is the brain child of  Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen. It is a wonderful group of enthusiastic blogger who try something new in baking every month. Keeping the holiday spirit in mind Swathi suggested Christmas cake.So for this months challenge theme we had three cake recipes. Among the three I selected and tried the Neapolitian Christmas cake. It is a beautiful tricolor cake which soft,spongy cake layers made with egg whites. The filling is  layers of whipped cream frosting. There is a whole lot of flavors in each layer~coconut,ground almond and strawberry jam together makes this a very tempting and delicious cake . This cake is a sure winner and you will surely love it.

Recipe source: Susan Kelliher Ungaro (ed.)Family Circle-Best Ever Cakes and Cookies, p. 214.

3/4 cup cake flour(not self rising)
1/3 cup ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp almond extract
Green and red food coloring

Filling and topping
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 cup heavy cream
3 tbs confectionary sugar
1/4 cup strawberry jam
3/4-1 cup coconut flakes, sweetened

Pre heat oven to 350 degree F. Coat three 8 inch loaf pan with non stick cooking spray and line with wax paper
Whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl beat egg whites and when it becomes glossy add cream of tartar and whip until it is foamy. Gradually add granulated sugar( one tsp at a time) in medium high until stiff peaks are formed. Shift in the flour mixture little by little over the beaten egg whites and fold in gently. Repeat till all the flour is incorporated and fold in almond extract.
Measure and divide your batter into three separate bowls and mix one with green food color and another with pink and keep the remaining as white. Pour this batter into three separate pans  and bake for about 12 minutes. The center of the cake layers springs back when lightly pressed with finger tips. Invert cake into wire racks and allow to cool completely

To prepare the filling
Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup of cream and let it stand for one minute to soften. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat.
With a mixer on medium speed whip the remaining 1 1/2 cup cream and confectionary sugar till it thickens and is frothy. Add gelatin mixture. Beat until stiff peaks form.
Place green cake on a platter and spread two tablespoons of jam over the cake and then spread 1/3 cup of whipped cream on top. Sprinkle two tbs of coconut flakes. Repeat layering with white cake and finally place the pink cake on top. Spread the rest of the frosting on top and sprinkle the remaining coconut on top of the cake.
Refrigerate the cake for 45 minutes or till the whipped cream is firm.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. wow ! I was looking for a recipe for Christmas.. this one would surely be a hit at my place :)

  2. Beautiful cake chechi i simply adore it will try and make it for a special occasion :) reminds me of cassata ice cream :) yum I am sure you all enjoyed having it

  3. Beautiful cake, Suja.. Great job dear

  4. Perfectly done cake!!! love the pictures - they are so picture perfect!!!
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  5. Beautiful cake Suja you did very well. Thanks for choosing wonderful theme for this event.

  6. wow... fabulous looking cake... the snowy white decoration looks awesome..

  7. loved each slice of this cake,beautiful frosting too..Great job,Suja:)
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  8. Awesome cake and very beautifully presented...Looks super cute and yummy..

  9. yummy n perfect bake....Awesome Job dear

  10. Heavenly & fabulous looking cake!!!
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  11. Extremely tempting divine cake..And what an Icing you have done there Suja..Hope I was your neighbor ! My God,the slice looks so delicious..

  12. Extremely tempting divine cake..And what an Icing you have done there Suja..Hope I was your neighbor ! My God,the slice looks so delicious..

  13. Perfect and delicious cake dear..

  14. That's a beautiful & impressive looking cake! Perfectly made, Suja!

  15. hi suja, you are one very creative lady.. the white cake looks so pretty, the pearls give it a soft glow. the multi color cakes makes it look very appetizing and the cake as a whole delicious and authentic

  16. Wonderfully presented cake Suja. Amazing clicks.

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  17. You have done a beautiful job with the decoration..

  18. beautiful cake .. frosting looks so pretty
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  19. Very beautiful cake..nice presentation..yumm

  20. Cant take my eyes from ur clicks, gorgeous cake.

  21. this looks like such a pretty cake..

  22. Such an elegant presentation! Simply beautiful :)


  23. so pretty cake looks like a snow finish love it.

  24. Wow beautifully [resented..I love these cakes and you have really made it well Suja :) Awesome!!
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  25. Such a beautifully decorated cake. Loved it.

  26. Beautiful cake Suja.. well presented!!


  27. I so loved your white icing on the lovely cake with tiny white beads!!

  28. Nicely done, Suja! I love how you decorated it!

  29. Wow looks like a coverpage of a cookbook.

  30. Beautiful it.cute presentations.

  31. your cake looks like it was professionally done. Picture perfect! :)

  32. WOW! Simply Superb! very well done!


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