Vegan Valentine’s Neopolitan Cake


For Valentines Day I always bake my fiancé something. I leave it up to him to choose and I make some baking magic happen. This year he wanted a chocolate cake with orange buttercream frosting. However, I only had enough cocoa powder in the house for a one layer chocolate cake . . . it was -30 celsius with the windshield yesterday, I was not leaving my house. So I came up with an idea, a neapolitan style cake. A chocolate layer, a vanilla layer and blood orange buttercream frosting to get that amazing pink colour. I also added a layer of orange cream cheese frosting in between the chocolate and vanilla layers because hey why not?


I made the cake last night so that it would be ready to be eaten today, actual Valentines Day. Of course it didn’t last the night in tact. We had to try it, make sure that it was up to snuff. I can’t be blogging about baked goods that don’t taste good! Taste testing is a must.


For the blood orange buttercream I used freshly squeezed juice from a blood orange and zest from a regular orange and a lemon. I find that blood oranges, while they give things that amazing pink colour don’t give baked goods the taste of a traditional orange. So I improvised.


I added the sprinkle heart as a last minute touch. Something to make it an official Valentines Day cake and not just an everyday cake.


I spread the cream cheese frosting layer nice and thick. I made it using Daiya cream cheese for the first time and I was really happy with the results. I’ve always used Tofutti cream cheese, but I love the Daiya line of cheeses so I thought I’d give their cream cheese a chance. There isn’t the same weird aftertaste that I find with Tofutti brand cream cheese. I might have to look into making a vegan cheese cake with it. I have only attempted a vegan cheesecake once before, my sister and I many years ago spent an entire afternoon crafting one. It was . . . ok. We were mostly just disappointed when we realized that after all our hard work we still had to wait until the next day to eat it! We had completely forgotten that it would need time to set in the fridge.


I hope you have a lovely Valentines Day with delicious eats and somebody to cuddle, whether it’s a partner, a friend, family or a pet!

Vegan Neapolitan Cake

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tbl margarine
  • 1 cup water

Vanilla Layer (From Chloe’s Vegan Desserts)

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbl pure vanilla extract

Vegan Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbl orange zest

Vegan Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbl juice from a blood orange
  • 1/2 tbl orange zest
  • 1/2 tbl lemon zest


Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease two 9 inch round cake pans

In separate bowls combine the ingredients for the chocolate and vanilla cake

Bake for 30min

Allow to cool

For cream cheese frosting, beat together the margarine and cream cheese add the powdered sugar, vanilla and zest

Place chocolate cake upside down on cake tray, liberally spread the cream cheese frosting across the flat side of the cake.

Place the vanilla cake on top, so that the flat sides lay against one another.

In a bowl cream together the margarine and shortening, add the powdered sugar, blood orange juice, zest and vanilla. Beat with electric beaters or stand mixer until fluffy.

Ice the cake!



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