Introduction: Neapolitan Cake

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When I went to make my Neapolitan cupcakes, I realized I would have way too much batter leftover and I am not one for waste and making those cupcakes takes quite a long time, so I decided to make a cake.  After thinking for a while, I decided I wanted it to look like the ice cream you get at the store that is in a rectangular box.  So that was my inspiration for this cake!

This is also shown on the paper doily!  Yes, I am trying to get you to click on more of my Instructables; I won't lie :)

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

You are going to make a lot of cake, and like I mentioned in the intro step, it is a cute idea to make this along with the cupcakes.

Ingredients and Supplies:
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Strawberry Cake
  • Vanilla Cake
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Strawberry Frosting
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Bread Baking Pan
  • Wax Paper
  • Scoops of some sort

Step 2: Making Your Cake

Now it is time to make your cake take shape. (Don't you love rhyming!)
  • Take three pieces of wax paper.  You want them to be a bit taller than the pan and long enough so you can make it into a cylinder and have it over lap a couple inches.
  • Put the three circles you have made in the bread pan as in picture 2.  I used tape on the top of the cylinders, but that was it because I didn't trust the cleanliness of the tape and didn't want it touching the batter.  Also, the bigger the cylinders, the better.  The smaller they are, the more they will pull apart and leak.
  • Unlike the cupcakes, if your batter is thicker it is better.  No matter what the batter will most likely leak out under the cylinders, but that's fine.
  • Carefully scoop batter into each cylinder.  I alternated, putting a scoop in one, then the other, then the last, then I repeated.  This ensures that even though it leaks, it should leak evenly and be fine.
  • Get some help for this step.  I wish I had.  When you have as much batter in as you want, carefully, using both hands, grab all of the pieces of wax paper and carefully pull up.  Have your helper stick a plate under the wax paper and then take it away.  I was not prepared and some of the batter dripped onto other colors of batter.  It isn't that big of a deal, but if you want it to look nice, get help.
  • Bake it!  It will probably take longer than the box says for normal cake so just make sure to check it every once in a while with a toothpick.

Step 3: Cut and Decorate

It is time to decorate!

I chose to cut off the top and all the sides so you could see the color change better, but you don't have to do this unless you want to try to show off your sectioning skills!  Once you are ready, frost your cake.  I went from lightest frosting to darkest.  Carefully frost just the corresponding section of the cake with it's matching frosting.  Then show it off and eat it!

This is good for people who don't want to eat all of the flavors together.  Now they can pick and choose!  (Just like everyone does with the ice cream.  I know I sure do!)

Also, since I have that extra cake from cutting off the top and whatnot, and you will have extra frosting, think about making cake pops!  They are so good and that's what I plan on doing with my extras.  Always good not to waste!
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