Neapolitan Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

All the Neapolitan ice cream flavors come together in the form of an indulgent candy that is just perfect for this Valentines day!

Are you one of those who can’t decide on one favorite ice cream flavor? Or are you one of those who love some sundaes that is piled high with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream? Or are you one of those who just happens to love the Neapolitan combination? Then, this candy is going to make your taste buds dance. But, wait…. I added cake batter to the mix! What??? The regular store bought cake mix is stirred into the melted chocolate to make it taste just like a Neapolitan ice cream cake…YUM!

I’m an advocate for baking from scratch and you might be hard pressed to find a recipe with boxed cake/brownie mix here. But, sometimes those innocent looking cake mixes on the super market shelves can be much more versatile. You’ll know how I love, love “The chew”. There are many perks to working from home. I can be all day in my pjs without having to worry about the rush hour. At the same time, lunch feels a bit lonely with only me and my plate/bowl. That sounds boring, right? Yeah, it is and that is why I resort to the company of Mario, Carla, Michel, Clinton and Daphny. Got to love those five! In fact, I’m reading Clinton’s brand new book ” I hate everyone except you”, on to page 71 and am thoroughly enjoying it. Do you have a favorite lunch time routine? I would love to hear. Getting back to the recipe, on one of the episodes, may be during the holidays, Clinton made a cake batter chcolate bark that was genius. You can find it here cake batter bark. He stirred some cake mix into melted chcolate and then let it set. How brilliant!!!

Neapolitan cake batter chocolate bark is inspired from Clinton’s. Neapolitan ice cream comprises of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream that are served together. So, I melted three types of chocolate (technically two) and stirred in three different cake mixes into them and let it set. A great project for kids of all ages. This bark tastes just  like Neapolitan ice cream cake, YUM! My kids have been hogging on these so much that all that daddy is left with crumbs:). These are incredibly delicious and its a great gift idea as well. Pack few pieces of bark in a cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon and you have yourself a delicious homemade gift for family, friends, teachers, goody bags,……

Though the list is long, all you need for the recipe is chocolate and cake mix. So, use the best quality chocolate that you have on hand. As always,  I used Ghirardelli.

To make these, get yourself three microwavable bowls and place 8 ounces of chocolate chips in each.

Melt each chocolate in a microwave (you can certainly use a double boiler, but a microwave works just fine). Stir vanilla cake mix into the white chocolate , strawberry cake mix and food color (it just makes it look prettier) into the other white chocolate and then chocolate cake mix into the melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Spoon dollops of chocolate randomly on the prepared baking sheet and swirl it around with a butter knife or tooth pick. Let it set in the refrigerator. Cut or break and enjoy or share with friends.

Notes:-

-I used Wilton’s red gel. Just a smear with a toothpick is all that I needed to make a light pink. If you have a pink shade then please go ahead with that. It is very important to use gel and not liquid, because the liquid food color might cease the chocolate.

-An 8-inch square proved to be the right measurement to make a 1/4 inch thick bar.

-Draw an 8-inch square on a parchment paper and then turn  the paper over, so the pen / pencil ink is in the bottom yet you can see the outline.

Neapolitan Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

16-ounces white chocolate chips (2 1/2 cups), divided

8-ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 1/4 cups)

2 tablespoons vanilla cake mix

2 tablespoons strawberry cake mix

2 tablepoons chocolate cake mix

a small smear of red food color, optional

Preparation:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 8×8 inch square on the parchment, turn it over and set aside (you will be able to see the outline).

Place 8-ounces white chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes (stir every 20-30 seconds), until completely melted. Stir in vanilla cake mix until smooth and set aside.

Place remaining 8-ounces white chocolate in another microwavable bowl and microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes (stir every 20-30 seconds), until completely melted. Stir in strawberry cake mix and a smear of red food color gel to make pink until smooth and set aside. The food color is obviously just to make it look pretty in pink. So, if you don’t have one, please don’t bother running to the store. It still is going to taste the same.

Place semi-sweet chocolate chips in another microwavable bowl and microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes (stir every 30 seconds), until completely melted. Stir in chocolate cake mix until smooth.

Dollop all the three melted chocolates on the prepared parchment (use the outline as a guide make an approximate square). Run a toothpick or a butterknife in small circles to make pretty swirls. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for few hours until chocolate has hardened.

Cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife or break into pieces with hand.

Makes about 16 servings

 

 

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