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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12 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Cupcakes”

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    Jecka — April 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Oh my god… these look amazing! They combine two of my favorite things: cookie dough, and mint-chocolate!

    I’ve been trying to find something unique to make for my coworkers (I bake something every weekend for them on Monday) and was sick of making cookies. I’ve been trying to find a yummy mint-chocolate non-cookie to make, and I think this will do the trick!

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    Jen — April 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Jecka – These don’t actually have mint in them. But you could definitely add mint to the brownie layer and use mint chips in the cookie dough. It would be quite tasty!

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    yumventures — April 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Those look AMAZING!!! All of my favorite things, rolled into one. So creative 🙂

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    Sarah — April 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I did the same thing Jecka did – I totally read “mini” as “mint”! That’s what you call a yummy mistake! 🙂

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    Cara — April 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    These sound awesome! I was thinking of making cookie dough cupcakes for Bake for Hope, but I might make these instead.

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    HealthJunkie — April 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    mmmm… My boyfriend would go crazy over those! He and I love cookie dough. I just got a new KitchenAid mixer that I’m looking for recipes to make in. I think your’s will be the first. Thanks for all the great ideas

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    Kerstin — April 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Wow, these sound amazing and are right up my alley with that edible cookie dough – yum!!

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    Memória — April 17, 2010 at 4:31 am

    What a great idea!! Wow. I would drizzle some hot chocolate sauce on top to make it even more intense haha. Overkill!

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    Carrie — April 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Wow, now those look killer, I love cookie dough and am a sucker for any recipe with those words.

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    Lucy — April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh my gosh these look amazing. LOVE cookie dough, must definitely save this recipe for an empty rainy day 🙂

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    Maria — April 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I love mini cupcakes. These are super cute!

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    Amanda — May 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Don’t those look yummy! I think if I open my mouth wide enough I can get it all in one bite, haha. I’ll have to give these a try soon.

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