My brain has been thinking up a creative dessert for Valentine’s Day. This particular Valentine’s Dessert will be for my bible study. So I wanted something that was portable, could be made in advance and easily served. And some pink or red in it wouldn’t be a bad touch either.

I have been craving strawberry cake lately. I don’t even know if I have ever even had strawberry cake, but lately it has sounded amazing! So for V-Day I knew I wanted to make some sort of strawberry cake. But then I thought, well shoot, I need to also have some sort of chocolate in the dessert. And then somehow a light bulb went off and I decided to do Neapolitan cake, inspired by Neapolitan ice cream. It is the trifecta: strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. It doesn’t get much better then that. Well, I guess if it somehow had peanut butter in it that would make it the ultimate cake.

There are 3 mixes to the cake, so that makes it a little time consuming. But mainly it is dish consuming. They aren’t hard recipes though and each one can be made in 1 bowl. No stand mixer or double boiler required. Just a bowl and whisk.

Makes 1 bundt cake
Strawberry Cake
1 cup ap flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen or fresh strawberries pureed in a blender)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp strawberry extract
1 tsp red food coloring (I forgot to do this which is why you can’t see the strawberry cake in the pictures. It blends in)

Vanilla Cake

1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate Cake
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 cups granulated sugar
1 large eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Strawberry Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup strawberry puree
1 tsp strawberry extract
milk

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

Spray nonstick spray into a large bundt pan.
*The directions on combining the 3 cake batters is at the end.

Strawberry Batter
Combine Flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl combine the eggs, oil, buttermilk, strawberry puree, strawberry extract and food coloring. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and mix with a whisk just until incorporated.

Vanilla Batter
In a medium size bowl and shift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Combine oil and sugar, add the eggs one at a time and than the vanilla. Beat for 1 minute with a whisk and than add the milk.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time. Whisk just until incorporated.

Chocolate Batter
In an large bowl combine buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt with a whisk. Add flour and cocoa powder; whisk vigorously until smooth.

Pour the batters into the cake pan starting with strawberry, then vanilla, then chocolate. You don’t need to swirl them or mix them. The baking process with give it the marbled effect. Just pour the batters into the pan and bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Strawberry Glaze
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Spoon onto the cake when the cake in completely cooled.
*The mixture should be thick. You don’t want it to easily drizzle down the sides. You want it to be thick enough to where it slowly, very slowly runs down the sides of the cake.