Neapolitan Cheesecake Cake

Remember the cake from my first fondant adventure? I promised I’d provide details about the inside, so here we are. And, I have the winner of the giveaway. But first, let’s talk cake.

I came up with the idea for this cake a couple months ago. After the Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake got posted, I started thinking about other cakes that would go well with cheesecake. I brainstormed a bunch of ideas – the possibilities are endless!

Hubby and I really enjoyed this cake, although it probably wasn’t the best choice for my first fondant adventure. Since I was making the layers for my cake and Megan’s cake, I made these layers about a week early and wrapped them up and put them in the freezer. As my layers were defrosting, there was moisture on the outside of the fondant, which made things a bit sticky.

You can also see in the pictures that my cheesecake wasn’t firm enough to hold up the top layer. As the cheesecake layer came to room temperature, it kind of flattened out a bit. I think this happened because it was a bit undercooked. Lesson learned. Even with the imperfections in my execution of this cake, I highly recommend giving it a shot.

I almost forgot. I had Random.org choose a number for the fondant giveaway. Congratulations Angela Wilkinson!! Please email me to claim your prize!

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Neapolitan Cheesecake Cake

Ingredients:

1 layer chocolate cake
1 raspberry cheesecake, recipe below
1 layer yellow cake

For the Raspberry Cheesecake
1 1/4 pounds bar cream cheese (20 oz), room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest, plus 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp coarse salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup raspberries, mashed or pureed

Directions:

Bake the cake layers. Remember that one 9" round layer uses the same amount of batter as 12 cupcakes. One 6" round layer uses the same amount of batter as 6 cupcakes. Be sure to scale your recipes accordingly.

The layers can be made in advance and frozen if necessary.

Plate the chocolate layer on a cake round. Add the raspberry cheesecake layer. Top with the yellow cake. Frost with your favorite frosting. I would recommend a cream cheese frosting for this cake.

For the Raspberry Cheesecake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Set a kettle of water to boil. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium until fluffy, scraping down side of bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in lemon zest and juice, and salt. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each addition. Beat in sour cream. Stir in pureed raspberries.

Cut parchment paper in a circle and line the bottom of the cheesecake pan. Wrap bottom half of pan in foil. Pour in filling; place in a roasting pan. Pour in boiling water to come halfway up side of springform. Bake until just set in center, about 45 minutes. Remove pan from water; let cool 20 minutes. Run a paring knife around edge; let cool completely. Cover; chill overnight, then wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

Raspberry Cheesecake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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11 Responses to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This looks like such a perfect gift! Are those your homemade marshmallows I spy in the mug?

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    Jen — December 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Of course they are! I seriously can’t justify buying marshmallows anymore. They’re just so easy and SO good homemade. I even whipped up a batch to put on our twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really wanted to do this this year for gifts but time escaped me. Looks great!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Soooo here’s the deal- A Boston Food Diary is going to look A LOT like Beantown Baker next week as I steal your recipes 🙂 Looks great Jen!

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    Megan — December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Why have I never thought about doing this? It looks so easy and it definitely would give me an excuse to make some homemade marshmallows!

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    Danielle — December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That looks like an amazing gift! Making a homemade hot cocoa would definetly save money. Thanks for the recipe(:

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    EliFla — December 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Ghirardelli cocoa is very good and your homemade hot cocoa mix …too!!! May you have a special merry Christmas!!!Hugs, Flavia

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    Meghan@travelwinedine — December 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I have never thought of making my own cocoa mix OR marshmallows. I feel a winter project coming on. Looks delicious!

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    kitchenmisfit — December 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I have had this bookmarked to make to some gifts for a couple of my girlfriends. So awesome and easy to make!

    -Amanda

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    dana — December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Loads of thanks to you. I can make everyone happy this Christmas. This recipe is even easy to follow.

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    innochkaskitchen — December 24, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Yum! What a great holiday gift idea!

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