Meet the most beautiful dessert you’ll make this year! This Neapolitan Cheesecake might look super fancy, but it takes minimal extra effort and tastes like a creamy dream! Features an Oreo crust and three decadent layers of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla cheesecake.
There comes a moment in every person’s life when something unexpected blows their world into a billion, teeny-tiny smithereens and hurls their life into a supermassive existential black hole. For some people, this happens when they realize that Santa isn’t real. Or that Hollywood starlets like Zendaya and Brie Larson are actually younger than you are.
For me, though, this pivotal moment happened in college when I learned that my favorite three-toned dessert, the Napoleon ice cream of Waterloo fame that had cast a rosy glow over all my childhood years…was actually called Neapolitan ice cream.
I swear to Bonaparte, it was like a galaxy died in my soul that day.
I confronted my parents about this very upsetting discovery shortly after it happened, but they maintained (guns a-blazin’, I might add) that where they grew up abroad, it was actually called Napoleon ice cream. To this day, we still call any combination of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream “Napoleon,” and I imagine a fiery five-foot French general flying across the battlefield waving his brown, pink, and white-striped flag.
Call it what you want, though, there’s no doubt that this creamy Neapolitan cheesecake–an ode to our beloved ice cream variation–is among the best cheesecakes you’ll ever try. (It’s right up there next to its lighter, fluffier cousin, our favorite 3-Ingredient Japanese Cheesecake!)
With an Oreo crust and three distinct, complementary layers (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla), this recipe is one that you’ll want to keep in your box for those fancy dessert situations. You only need to make one base batter, which cuts down significantly on prep time, and as long as you use a proper water bath you won’t need to worry about cracking tops. We delivered slices to several of our friends ahead of a virtual Zoom birthday party, and this Neapolitan cheesecake was a smashing success.
In fact, it was so good even Napoleon would have (Bona)part-aken in it! (Okay, I’ll stop. But trust me, this recipe is a must-try!)
For the crust:
For the cheesecake layers: