Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

You guys are going to love me for this — a paleo, gluten-free, and raw vegan neapolitan cake! So perfect for a hot summer day. So fun, wholesome, and of course, so yummy! Tastes just like the real deal too. A win-win all around.

P.S. Pardon the lack of a picture of the whole cake. It accidentally got eaten by some eager guests before I had a chance to snap a photo! Luckily, I managed to rescue a slice to take this shot for you so that you at least know what to expect — phew! :) . Does that ever happen to you?

Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake Recipe:

Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}
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Makes: 6″ mini cheesecake (double for a larger cake)
Base Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups cashews, pre-soaked for at least an hour or overnight
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • ½ cup coconut oil, liquified
  • ¼ tsp raw ground vanilla bean (or 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract, but the ground vanilla tastes amazing)
  • a pinch of salt
Additional Ingredients for Chocolate Layer:
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa butter, liquified (white chocolate butter; not coconut)
Additional Ingredients for Strawberry Layer:
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
Chocolate Topping:
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • cacao nibs for garnish
  1. Place all base ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix for this; a strong blender is best for smooth consistency), and blend until the mixture is smooth. Remove one third of the mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Remove an additional one third of the mixture into another bowl and set aside as well.
  2. Add in additional chocolate layer ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth. Using a spatula, scrape out contents into a small springform pan. Smooth out into an even layer. Place the pan in the freezer and allow it to chill for at least 10-15 minutes before adding the next layers (it helps with keeping the layers from mixing up).
  3. In the meantime, rinse out the blender. Add the base mixture from one of the bowls that were set aside in step one into the blender. Add the strawberries and blend until smooth. Once the chocolate layer has chilled a bit, remove the pan from the freezer. Carefully pour the strawberry mixture on top of the chocolate layer, trying not to press down too hard to avoid the layers from mixing up. Smooth out the strawberry layer carefully and place the pan back in the freezer for an additional 10-15 minutes to chill.
  4. In the meantime prepare the chocolate topping by following the directions in this DIY Vegan Magic Shell Recipe (except, as per the ingredients above, you’re only making half of that recipe for this cake).
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the remaining third of the original base mixture (from the bowl that was set aside in step one) over the strawberry layer. Once again do this carefully to avoid the layers from mixing up. Smooth out the layer gently with a spatula.
  6. Pour the chocolate topping over the vanilla layer. Top with some cacao nibs. Place in the freezer to firm up for at least 2-3 hours.
{Note: I actually added a bit more of the strawberry mixture on top of the final chocolate topping (before topping with cacao nibs) — it felt wasteful to leave whatever I couldn’t scrape out of the strawberry layer in the blender (since it was so yummy), so I added 2 tbsp almond milk to it and blended it quickly, which made it more runny. I then transferred the mixture into a small drizzling bottle and drizzled it on top. This part is totally optional, but it does add a whimsical effect to the cake}

Store the cake in the freezer, but leave it out for 15 minutes to thaw out prior to serving. Or serve straight from the freezer for a neapolitan ice-cream cake. Enjoy!


Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}


xo Audrey


This Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake recipe has been shared with Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Let’s Get Real Friday Party, #glutenfreefridays, Natural Family Friday, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

** A big thanks to Adrienne @ Whole New Mom for featuring this recipe!

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13 Responses to Raw Vegan Neapolitan Cake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

  1. Julia August 6, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    This Neopolitan cake is so pretty! I cannot believe how healthy it is!

    • Audrey August 6, 2014 at 1:09 am #

      Thanks so much, Julia! :)

  2. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts August 6, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Audrey, your creations NEVER cease to amaze me! This cake looks phenomenal! I hope there’s a book of these raw, vegan, and paleo creations in your future. Really, I do. For all of us!


    • Audrey August 6, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks so much, Shirley! I’m thinking about it ;)

  3. Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z August 7, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    What a wonderful healthy version of a Neopolitan cake. This could be perfect even for a birthday celebration. Thanks for the recipe

    • Audrey August 7, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks so much, Judee! :) Enjoy it!

  4. Vanessa - Natural Family Today August 12, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Wow, that looks amazing! I love neopolatin ice cream, so I’m sure I would love this. Thanks for linking up to Natural Family Friday!

    • Audrey August 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks so much, Vanessa! Enjoy it :)

  5. adrienne @ whole new mom August 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    I so need to pick your brain on how you make your desserts look so lovely – wow!!!

    • Audrey August 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks so much, Adrienne! :) I so need to pick your brain on how you keep up with all the social media stuff, in addition to running your lovely blog and being a mom ;)

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche August 15, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    this cake looks amazing.. love how its paleo, gluten free and vegan! it’s so hard to find recipes that cater for all three.. thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Audrey August 15, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks so much, Thalia! :) It’s always exciting for me when a recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and paleo come out well because then I know more people can enjoy it (myself included ;) ).


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