Last Monday was fun! Not only was it a holiday, but it was also Miss F’s 10th birthday! Double meaning to Labor Day this year!
We did some of this:
And then I did this:
Yes. I. Did! That is a six-layer Neapolitan Cake with from-scratch chocolate, strawberry and vanilla layers. This picture is the only one that I have as we were in the middle of birthday dinner and there wasn’t much left to photograph after this. Wish I had a better one to share with you. (The pics on the source websites below are beautiful…)
When I tell you that this is one of the best cakes I have ever made, I am not exaggerating. Each layer is delicious and they all work so perfectly together. The recipe on Annie’s Eats is easy to follow and, because I had organized all the ingredients beforehand by cake flavor, really didn’t take all that long. (Washing my mixing bowls and beaters 5 times took the longest!) The layers cut beautifully with a serrated bread knife and held together perfectly.
Miss F asked for her favorite buttercream frosting, not the Swiss meringue specified in the recipe and she also didn’t want it pink. I think the pink gives a nice contrast to the layers. I did use all six layers, not just five as the recipe suggests, and Miss F wanted strawberry preserves (use the best brand you can find) in between the layers, which adds so much flavor. She also wanted sprinkles. What can I say? What the Birthday Girl wants, the Birthday Girl gets!
Still can’t believe she’s 10…