So when I asked my soon to be three year old what he wanted for a cake for his birthday, he told me "Strawberry. Strawberry and chocolate." Yes, this is the same kid who when I put down a plate of homemade biscuits and eggs for breakfast, asked me for gravy. Chocolate gravy, of course. But that's a post for another day....To his future wife: I'm sorry. Get in the kitchen. (for the record, I completed what I fondly refer to as 27th grade...)
Secretly I was delighted. I'd had my eye on just such a cake.... Annie's Eats and Sweetapolita, where you should always turn when you have a seemingly insurmountable baking problem, had the answer!! As always, that girl came through, fulfilling not only strawberry and chocolate but also vanilla. I have changed a few things, mainly by just making it 6 layers. Why stop at 5? For a variation you could put the strawberry meringue buttercream in between, but I wouldn't do that if you make it as a rose cake (Amanda gives a great tutorial!!). The roses use a lot of frosting. A LOT. I know they look complicated, but all you need is a 1M tip (<$2 plus shipping) and a functional wrist. You can see I underbaked these a touch and that's why they are a little sunken. But even still, it's a durn purty cake. The chocolate and vanilla are really good, the strawberry is yummy too, although it's a little reminiscent of frankenberry. Next time I make it I will use this recipe from Shawnda. Although, I'll have to add some food coloring...that cake is just not pink enough for those under 4.
Somehow I just couldn't get everyone to say the name right...Neopolean, Napolean, any perversion- but they kept asking for it, so that's a good thing!