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Napolitain Cakes

Napolitain Historié

Napolitain Historié

A French style of cake, not called Napolitain on account of any association with Napoleon, but rather because it was made in the "style" of desserts from Naples, which were often layers of different colours, textures and tastes.

This style of cake used to be made very huge, as a dazzling piece of showmanship to be set on tables.

Some versions, such as the one pictured, displayed the layers on the outside. This particular version of a Napolitain was called "historié", meaning "storied", as in having several stories or levels.

Others would hide the layers inside to delight the guests once it was cut open. These would be a layered cake, square, round or hexagonal. The layers would be baked separately, cooled, and then spread each with different kind and colour of a fruit jelly, preserve or purée. The layers would then be assembled, coated with apricot jam, covered with Royal Icing and decorated.

Today, a far smaller version survives in the "Tranche Napolitaine."

See also:


Aboukir; Alaska Florida; Angel Food Cake Day; Apple Potato Cake; Baked Alaska; Banbury Cakes; Boston Cream Pie; Boston Favorite Cake; Bundt Cakes; Cake Boards; Cake Flour; Cakes and Ale Day; Cakes; Carrot Cake; Cassatelle di Ricotta; Cheesecake Day; Cheesecake; Chocolate Cake Day; Chocolate Cake; Christmas Cakes; Clafoutis; Coconut Squares; Coffee Cake Day; Coffee Cake; Devil's Food Cake Day; Eccles Cakes; English Madelines; Flan; Galettes; Gâteau St-Honoré; Gâteaux; Genoa Bread; Genoa Cake; Icing & Frosting; Kugelhopf Cakes; Lamingtons; Marzipan Potatoes; Melton Hunt Cake; Muffins; Mustacae; Napolitain Cakes; Parkin Cake; Pasta Margherita; Pasta Paradiso; PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake; Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day; Pineapple Upside-Down Cake; Pithiviers; Pound Cake Day; Pound Cake; Queen Elizabeth Cake; Royal Icing; Sheath Cakes; Sheet Cakes; Simnel Cake; Slab Cake; Sly Cakes; Sponge Cakes; Stir-up Sunday; Swiss Roll; Tipsy Parson; Tranche Napolitaine; Twelfth Night Cake; Twinkies; Unrefined Icing Sugar; Upside-Down Cakes; Whirlin Cakes; Wycoller Cake; Yule Log; Zuccotto

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Also called:

Gateaux Napolitains (French)


Oulton, Randal. "Napolitain Cakes." CooksInfo.com. Published 23 August 2004; revised 25 July 2005. Web. Accessed 03/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/napolitain-cakes>.

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