Neapolitan Nesquik Layer Cake

A stunning three-layer cake flavored with delicious chocolate and strawberry Nesquik powders. Decorated with cream cheese frosting--this big cake has wowed many of my friends and family.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature, separated

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 pinches salt, divided

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, at room temperature

  • ½ cup chocolate-flavored milk powder (such as Nesquik®)

  • ½ cup strawberry-flavored milk powder (such as Nesquik®)

  • 9 drops red food coloring, or as desired

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Combine sugar and butter in a bowl and cream using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and blending for a total of 5 minutes. Add egg yolks slowly, 1 at a time, beating into creamed butter mixture. Beat in vanilla extract.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and 1 pinch salt together in a separate bowl. Add to creamed sugar mixture in 3 batches, alternating with milk and blending after each addition. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and blend for 1 minute more; batter should be smooth and consistent. Separate batter evenly into 3 mixing bowls, about 2 1/2 cups in each.

  4. Beat egg whites and remaining salt together in a bowl using a whip attachment until stiff peaks form.

  5. Fold 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into 1 bowl of batter and pour into a prepared cake pan for the vanilla layer.

  6. Fold 1/3 of the whipped egg whites and chocolate-flavored milk powder into another bowl of batter. Pour into another prepared cake pan for the chocolate layer.

  7. Fold remaining 1/3 of the whipped egg whites, strawberry-flavored milk powder, and red food coloring into remaining bowl of batter. Pour into the remaining prepared cake pan for the strawberry layer.

  8. Bake cake layers in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for about 15 minutes before flipping layers onto a wire rack to cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  9. Combine cream cheese, butter, and shortening in a bowl and cream together until smooth. Scrape down the bowl and add confectioners' sugar. Blend until frosting is smooth.

  10. Assemble and frost the cooled cake layers and decorate as you please.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

706 Calories
37g Fat
89g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 706
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 89g 32%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 125mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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