a spring themed neapolitan birthday cake

Today is my Mom’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Last night my brother and his wife cooked dinner for her and i brought the cake. That was find with me, I’ll take baking over dinner cooking any day.

I wanted to try something different so i thought I would do a cake inspired by neapolitan ice cream. While baking and decorating I kept my camera close at hand so I could share my little adventure with you.

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Let’s get baking!

I used boxed cake mixed. Duncan Hines. First up, french vanilla.


Then strawberry.


Then chocolate.


I prepared and baked according the directions the box. I lined my baking pans with parchment paper for extremely easy cake removal.

This gave me six cakes. I was originally planning on using all six, but later realized that was going to be way too tall. I decided to just use one of each and froze the other three to use another time.


As the cakes cooled, I made the icing. 


My go-to icing recipe: (this recipe was doubled for this cake)

1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter unsalted)
4 oz cream cheese (use phildelphia, generic cream cheese is a no-no)1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream

With an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment; beat butter, salt and cream cheese (on medium speed) until completely smooth
One cup at time, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating after each addition.
Add vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of cream, and continue beating. 

Add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, one at a time.
Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream until desired consistency is reached.  

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Icing done, cakes still cooling, time to whip up some quick decorations for my cake.


To make the pennants I just cut a diamond shape out of some pretty scraps of fabric. I applied some tacky glue to one side of the diamond, placed a wooden skewer in the middle and folded the other side over. Yep, it’s seriously that easy.

I tied on some scraps of ribbon and rick rack to make it a little more interesting and fun!

For more fun decorations, I found these malted eggs and edible, yep EDIBLE, grass at Joann’s.


The edible grass is oddly good. It takes like those little flying saucers wafers with a hit of green apple flavor. It’s also available in green and pink.

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After my cakes were cool, it was time to put the cake together.


I lined my cake plate with some wax paper stripes to prevent it from being complete covered in icing by the time I was finish. Thanks Ina Garten.


I also cut off the tops of my cake so the layers stacked a little bit nicer.

I am not a cake decorator and don’t want to be. I actually love imperfections in cakes.


So all you fancy cake deocrators out there can just look the other way.


Once it was iced it was time for some edible grass and eggs.


And don’t forget the flags!


Tada! My spring themed neapolitan birthday cake!





Pretty stinkin’ cute, right!? Time for a slice.

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And let me tell you, for boxed cake, it was incredibly moist, light and delicious! Neapolitan cake may just be my new favorite.


I hope you enjoyed my little baking adventure!


Have a great Monday everyone!  I’m sure my mom will be reading the comments if you want to send her some birthday love.

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  • Dana at

    That looks so pretty– an delicious! I have to make this very soon!

  • Anonymous at

    Happy Birthday Michael’ Mom. Michael enjoy your Mother as much as possible. I miss my Mama!

  • Anonymous at

    Happy Birthday, Michael’s Mom! The cake is so wonderful….like your talented son. His blog is my #1 favorite.

  • Anonymous at

    Happy Birthday Michael’s Mom……..thanks for sharing Michael…absolutely wonderful!

  • JackieInMI67 at

    Happy Birthday Michael’s mom!! This is just the cutest cake! And I LOVE all of the photos of the different steps. I am definately going to try this. You did a GREAT job!

  • Lili at

    This cake is absolutely darlin’! And I’m sure you made your Mom’s birthday…happy belated to her. ~Lili

  • Anonymous at

    Found your blog accidentally a few weeks ago and am hooked. It is now in my favorites!! The cake looks scrumptious and your mother is very lucky that you can create something like this for her. Sorry I am late but hope you had a wonderful b-day Michael’s mother. Kathy

  • Jen at

    How cute! Such a great idea and it sounds delicious! I am sure your Mom thought it was the best.

  • Lori at

    Thanks for where to find the edible grass, I better run by before they sell out. I pinned the full cake picure! Wonderfully yummy and fun looking.

  • Stephanie at

    Making cakes used to freak me out but you’ve encouraged me to try again. Thanks Michael!

  • [email protected] From the Heartland at

    This cake is seriously stinkin’ cute. You’re a genius. Period. Thank you for reminding us to use parchment in the bottom of the cake pans…I always forget…and always have to do reconstructive cake surgery. Beautiful work, as always.

  • Deb Hornick Gotham at

    Happy Birthday Michael’s Mom!!! Gorgeous cake!!!I would be so thrilled if one of my kids made me a cake like that..love it..beautiful job !!

  • Gabriela at

    …and a VERY happy birthday to the birthday gal! Michael, your cake is stunning. It’s so beautifully decorated too! I adore the fact that you created something so very special for your Mom. Love it!

  • Karalee at

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful mom!
    Beautiful cake Michael~

  • Anonymous at

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday, Michael’s Mom. Your cake is beautiful!


  • { L } at

    So perfectly adorable! It looks delicious too. Happy SWEET birthday to you MOM!

  • slip4 at

    Happy birthday, Michael’s Mom! Your cake is adorable and looks delicious. I especially love the flags.

  • Heather at

    What a very cute spring themed cake! I bet your mom loved it! I know that I would…cream cheese frosting is my favorite!!

  • Jane at

    Happy Birthday to your mom! Dinner and cake made by her family…..sounds like a perfect birthday!!

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