Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan bars are three layers of delicious desserts in one recipe! It’s made with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cake mixes, and they’re made without eggs or dairy.

A close up photo of Neapolitan Gooey Dessert Bars

These dessert bars include classic Neapolitan flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Coconut milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Vegan butter

How to Make Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan bars are easy to make. Follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the sweetened condensed coconut milk by heating coconut milk, cornstarch, and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl until the mixture thickens. Stir in the vanilla and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the chocolate layer by stirring together softened vegan butter with the cake mix and condensed milk. Spread the chocolate cake dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Make the vanilla layer by stirring together softened vegan butter with the vanilla cake mix and condensed milk. Spread the vanilla cake dough over the chocolate cake dough layer.
  4. Make the strawberry layer by stirring together softened vegan butter with the strawberry cake mix and condensed milk. Spread the strawberry cake dough over the vanilla layer.
  5. Drizzle the remaining condensed milk over the top, being sure to cover each area of the top layer equally.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
A stack of Neapolitan Gooey Cake Bars, made with three layers, chocolate, banana, and strawberry.

How many dessert bars do you get from a 9×13 pan?

Dessert bars are very rich so they should be cut into small slices. I recommend 30 servings for a 9×13 inch pan.

Neapolitan Gooey Dessert Bars lined up on a plate

If you’re looking for perfect dessert bars for parties, these neapolitan bars should be on your list! It’s an easy dessert bar because it uses cake mixes and the flavor and presentation are amazing!

A closer look at the Neapolitan gooey dessert bar

Besides, everyone will be so impressed. They’ll think you were in the kitchen for hours. That you’re quite the chef. Don’t worry, we don’t have to tell them that this was really easy to throw together.

Storage Tips

Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 10 days. They can be frozen in appropriate freezer-safe containers or bags for up to 2 months.

More Dessert Bars

If you’re into vegan dessert bars recipes, you might want to check these out:

Uber delicious Triple Layer Neapolitan gooey dessert bars

(I was inspired to veganize this recipe from Neopolitan Gooey Cake Bars by the Picky Palate)

That’s it for these Neapolitan bars. Enjoy!

Gooey Cake Bars lined up on a plate

Easy Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan bars are like dense, delicious brownies in three layers. You'll love the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry dessert bars that's relatively easy to throw together.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 ounce box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 15 ounce box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 15 ounce box Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan butter (3 sticks), softened

Instructions

  • Prepare the sweetened condensed coconut milk by combining two tablespoons of the coconut milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl and stirring until well combined. In a microwave-safe bowl (or a small saucepan), combine the remaining coconut milk, the cornstarch/coconut milk mixture, and 1 cup of sugar. Stir and then heat in the microwave for 44 seconds. Stir and repeat several times until the mixture has thickened to your liking. It should resemble sweetened condensed milk. Stir in the vanilla and set aside to cool.
  • Heat your oven to 350F. Prepare your 9 x 13 baking pan by lining it with foil, making sure the foil extends past each edge of the pan. This recipe expands as it bakes so the foil helps prevent a mess in the oven. Then spray the foil with cooking spray.
  • Make the chocolate layer by stirring together softened 1/2 cup vegan butter with the cake mix and 1/4 cup of the condensed milk. This is a sturdy dough. Spread the chocolate cake dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Rinse out the bowl. Make the vanilla layer by stirring together softened 1/2 cup vegan butter with the vanilla or yellow cake mix and 1/4 cup of the condensed milk. Spread the vanilla cake dough over the chocolate layer.
  • Make the strawberry layer by stirring together softened 1/2 cup vegan butter with the strawberry cake mix and 1/4 cup of the condensed milk. Spread the strawberry cake dough over the chocolate layer.
  • Pour the remaining condensed milk over the top, being sure to cover each area of the top layer equally. Be sure the foil is standing tall on each side of the pan before placing it in the oven.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Trim the edges, cut the center into bars and serve.

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Notes

* Some commercial cake mixes are what we call “accidentally vegan.” There’s a lot of ingredients listed (usually something we keep to a minimum), but just look for the ones that don’t list animal products such as milk, eggs, animal shortening, etc). I was inspired to veganize this recipe from Neopolitan Gooey Bars by Picky Palate: http://picky-palate.com/2011/08/04/neopolitan-gooey-cake-bars
Nutrition Facts
Easy Neapolitan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 410mg17%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

11 Responses to Neapolitan Bars

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJennifer Reply

    These look awesome! I want to eat them now!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRhona Reply

    I was looking for a recipe to bring to my book club meet. The theme is mexican but I don’t eat a lot of Mexican food so I was having problems. Then I came upon this recipe. Although not Mexican it is colorful and so pretty. It will fit in nicely with all that guacamole and salsa and corn chips (that is the extent of my Mexican food knowledge). This looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe!!!! I am so excited.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlison @ingredients, Inc. Reply

    omg love these!!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family Reply

    Those are awesome looking NEVER apologize for something as fanastic as this 🙂

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGrace Reply

    Marly these looking amazing and sinful but we need amazing and sinful every once in a while! These would be perfect for a take along treat.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDmarie Reply

    oh, how very cute!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmber Reply

    What if you can’t get cake mix?

    Would you make the cake mix as normal but leave out the wet ingredients!?!

    🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      That’s a great question. I’ve thought about this before when making a dump cake. I think you could use a cake recipe but leave out the wet ingredients. I might consider adding a 1/2 cup of powdered soy milk or powdered coconut milk (I found this at an Asian grocery store recently) just to give it some creaminess. Would love to hear your feedback after you try it!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAdriana Reply

    Made this recipe ,but instead the mix used ingredients for 3 chocolate brownie and 2 food colouring.Decandent!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySara Reply

    Can this be made with regular cake mixes and sweetened condensed milk and almond milk plus regular butter

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Sara. I’ve never tried using this recipe with condensed milk and butter made from cow’s milk, however, I think it should work.

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