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Tranche Napolitaine

Tranche Napolitaine is a French dessert. It is a cake made of Neapolitan Ice Cream and mousse. The layered ice cream is placed on top the mousse. It is served in slices.

In France, most people expect the Neapolitan ice cream layers to be red (strawberry), white (vanilla), and green (pistachio.)

The dessert is 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.

Literature & Lore

The term "tranche napolitaine" is also applied now to train engines which are painted different colours in sections with an underlying colour at the base acting as the foundation colour, as in the base of the Neapolitan Slice. It is also applied to a layered sky.

Nowadays, in North America, the phrase "Neapolitan Slice" mostly refers to a slice of what is reputedly Neapolitan-style pizza.

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:

Neapolitan Slice; Neapolitaner Schnitt (German)


Oulton, Randal. "Tranche Napolitaine." CooksInfo.com. Published 23 August 2004; revised 06 May 2010. Web. Accessed 03/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/tranche-napolitaine>.

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