10 Best Neapolitan Desserts (You Have to Try)

Neapolitan desserts are known for their rich, decadent flavors and unique regional ingredients. From the classic pastiera napoletana, a sweet and creamy ricotta and wheat pie, to the iconic sfogliatella, a crispy pastry filled with citrus-scented ricotta and candied fruit, our recipes will transport you straight to the streets of Naples.

So, grab your apron and get ready to whip up some of the most delicious and authentic Neapolitan desserts you’ve ever tasted. You won’t regret it!

1. Tiramisu

I’ve always been a fan of Italian desserts and this tiramisu recipe takes the cake, so to speak! With its creamy and fluffy texture, it’s a delicious combination of coffee, sweet and savory flavors. The best part about this recipe is that it’s simple to make yet yields a beautiful and delicious result. All you need is mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, coffee, sugar, eggs, ladyfingers, cocoa powder, and marsala wine.

This recipe is a surefire hit for any occasion! If you’re looking for something delicious and unique to serve to your family or friends, this recipe is the way to go. Plus, you can easily customize it to fit your own tastes. Whether you want to add more sugar or switch up the flavorings, it’s easy to make it your own. I love this recipe because it’s a great way to end a special meal with something unique and tasty. Give it a try today and you won’t be disappointed!


– 1 cup mascarpone cheese

– 1 cup heavy cream

– 1/4 cup strong espresso or coffee

– 1/4 cup granulated sugar

– 3 eggs, separated

– 1 package ladyfingers

– 1/4 cup cocoa powder

– 1/4 cup marsala wine


1. In a large bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese and heavy cream until it is light and fluffy.

2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks and coffee until they are light and fluffy.

3. In a third bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

4. Gradually add the sugar to the egg white mixture, stirring constantly.

5. Gently fold the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone mixture.

6. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the mascarpone mixture.

7. Arrange the ladyfingers in the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish.

8. Drizzle the marsala wine over the ladyfingers.

9. Spread the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.

10. Sprinkle the cocoa powder over the top.

11. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.


2. Limoncello Cheesecake

Limoncello cheesecake is a truly unique and delicious dessert. This no-bake recipe is simple to make yet yields a beautiful and flavorful result. With a combination of creamy cheesecake, tart lemons, and sweet liqueur, this dessert is sure to please everyone. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover limoncello you may have from other recipes.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s a no-bake wonder, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of baking. This recipe is ideal for a special occasion or just when you’re in the mood for something sweet and indulgent. Try it today and you won’t be disappointed


– 1 cup graham crackercrumbs

– 1/4 cup butter, melted

– 8 ounces cream cheese,softened

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup limoncello

– 2 tablespoons lemonjuice

– 2 tablespoons gratedlemon zest

– 1 teaspoonvanilla extract

– 1 cup heavy cream


1. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the limoncello, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

4. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

5. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

7. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.


3. Cannoli

Cannoli is a classic Italian dessert that is loved by many. It features a crunchy pastry shell filled with a creamy, sweet ricotta filling. The contrast of textures and flavors make this dessert irresistible. This easy cannoli recipe is perfect for special occasions or for just a sweet treat. The pastry dough is made from scratch and the ricotta filling is flavored with orange zest, chocolate chips, and cinnamon for added depth. It’s a simple yet delicious recipe that will be a hit with everyone. Enjoy!


– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 3 tablespoons olive oil

– 1/2 cup cold water

– 1 large egg

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 cup ricotta cheese

– 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

– 1 tablespoon orange zest

– 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.

2. Add the olive oil, cold water, egg, and vanilla extract, and mix until a dough forms.

3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, then cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F.

5. Roll the dough out to 1/8″ thick and cut into 4-inch circles.

6. Grease a baking sheet and place the circles on it.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

8. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, and mini chocolate chips.

9. Pipe the filling into each cooled pastry shell.

10. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


4. Pistachio Gelato

I love this pistachio gelato recipe because it is a creamy and delicious Italian-style ice cream that is full of flavor. The pistachio flavor is so intense that it is almost like eating a nutty dessert. The texture of the gelato is creamy and smooth, making it a perfect treat to cool off on a hot summer day. Plus, making it is simple and only requires a few ingredients. Enjoy this deliciously nutty gelato any time of the year!


– 1 cup shelledpistachios

– 2 cups wholemilk

– 1 cup heavy cream

– 1 cup granulatedsugar

– 6 largeegg yolks

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon vanillaextract


1. Toast the pistachios in a dry skillet over medium-heat for 5 minutes.

2. Let cool, then grind the pistachios in a food processor until a coarse powder forms.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, andsugar.

4. Heat over medium-heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks untillight and fluffy.

6. Gradually add the hot milk mixture to the egg yolks, whisking constantly.

7. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

8. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the ground pistachios, salt, and vanilla extract.

9. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.

10. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

11. Once chilled, churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

12. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month.


5. Chantilly Cream Cake

When I first came across the delicious recipe for Chantilly Cake, I knew I had to try it! This recipe is truly a showstopper. The moist sponge cake layers are filled with a delicious and creamy Chantilly Cream, which is a combination of cream cheese and whipped cream.

The cake is then topped with a layer of fluffy meringue and toasted almonds, creating a delicious contrast of sweet and crunchy. Plus, the look of the cake is absolutely stunning, making it perfect for special occasions. On top of that, the recipe is easy to follow and can be made ahead of time, making it great for entertaining. I truly love this recipe for its deliciousness and convenience – it’s definitely one of my go-to recipes!


– 2 cups sugar

– 2 cup cake flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon baking powder

– 1 cup whole milk

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

– 3 large eggs, separated

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Chantilly Cream:

– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

– 1/2 cup powdered sugar

– 2 cups heavy cream

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


– 2 cupssweetenedflakedcoconut

– 2 tablespoonsalmonds, toasted and chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cake flour, salt, and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon juice until combined.

4. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until a smooth batter forms.

5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

6. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until combined.

7. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

9. To make the Chantilly Cream, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.

10. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

11. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined.

12. Spread half of the Chantilly Cream onto one of the cooled cake layers.

13. Place the second cake layer on top and spread with the remaining Chantilly Cream.

14. Sprinkle with the coconut and chopped almonds.

15. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

6. Bacio di Daimione (Devil’s Kiss) Cake

When I’m looking for a delicious dessert to share with family and friends, I always turn to my favorite recipe for Devil’s Food Sheet Cake. This recipe is incredibly simple to make, yet the results are absolutely mouthwatering. The cake itself is incredibly moist and rich, thanks to the generous amount of cocoa powder and oil used in the batter.

The fluffy layers of chocolate frosting are the perfect complement to the cake, and the presentation is just stunning! Not to mention, this recipe only calls for ingredients that I almost always have on hand. Plus, it only takes about an hour from start to finish, making it a great choice when I’m short on time. All in all, this Devil’s Food Sheet Cake is my favorite dessert to make and share – I absolutely love it!


– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 2 cups granulated sugar

– 1/4 cup cocoa powder

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup vegetable oil

– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

– 2 large eggs

– 1 cup hot or boiling water

Chocolate Frosting:

– 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

– 3/4 cup cocoa powder

– 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/4 cup heavy cream

– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour a 9×13” baking pan; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla extract, and eggs until combined.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

5. Slowly pour in the hot water and whisk until a smooth batter forms.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

9. To make the frosting, beat the butter and cocoa powder together until combined.

10. Add the confectioners’ sugar and salt, and beat until smooth.

11. Slowly add the heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy.

12. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.

13. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

7. Crema di Nocciole (Nutella Cream) Cake

I absolutely love this Hazelnut Sponge Cake with Nutella Swirls recipe from https://fatfridaysforever.com/f/hazelnut-sponge-cake-with-nutella-swirls, and I’m sure you will too! The flavors of the hazelnuts and Nutella swirls combine to create a decadent and delicious cake that everyone will love. The hazelnut sponge cake itself is moist and fluffy, making it the perfect base for the Nutella swirls.

The addition of the Nutella adds a richness that really makes this cake stand out. To make the cake even more special, I like to add chopped hazelnuts as a topping to give it a crunchy texture. The end result is a beautiful and delicious cake that’s sure to impress any crowd. This recipe is easy enough for anyone to make, so you can be sure that you’ll get amazing results every time. With its combination of flavors and textures, this Hazelnut Sponge Cake with Nutella Swirls is sure to become a favorite in no time!


– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 3/4 cup hazelnut meal

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

– 1 cup granulated sugar

– 3 large eggs

– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

– 1 cup buttermilk

– 1/2 cup Nutella, plus more for swirling

Nutella Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

– 4 large egg whites

– 1 cup granulated sugar

– 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

– 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

– 1/2 cup Nutella


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans; setaside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnut meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light andfluffy.

4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated.

5. Add the vanilla extract and mix untilcombined.

6. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

7. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and spread into an even layer.

8. Drop spoonfuls of Nutella on top of the batter, then use a butter knife or spoon to swirl the Nutella into thebatter.

9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes outclean.

10. Allow the cakes to cool completely beforefrosting.

11. To make the frosting, place the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.

12. Place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and whisk until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3-5minutes.

13. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5-10 minutes.

14. Reduce the speed to medium and add the butter, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing until smooth and creamy.

15. Add the Nutella and mix until combined.

16. Frost the cooled cakes with the frosting, spreading it evenly overthetop. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts if desired.

8. Caffe Napoletano (Neapolitan Coffee Flan)

I absolutely love this recipe for coffee flan! Not only is it delicious, but it is also incredibly easy to make. The flavor of the coffee nicely complements the sweetness of the flan, creating a perfectly balanced and delightful dessert. The texture of the custard is perfectly creamy and smooth and the caramel sauce adds just the right amount of richness.

Plus, it looks beautiful when served and is sure to impress any guests you have over. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and is simple enough for novice cooks like myself to make. So whether you’re looking for an impressive dessert to serve your friends or just an indulgent treat for yourself, this coffee flan recipe is the way to go!


– 2 cups whole milk

– ½ cup granulated sugar

– 4 large eggs

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 2 tablespoons espresso powder

– 1 cup granulated sugar, for the caramel sauce


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the cooled milk mixture, whisking constantly until combined.

4. Dissolve the espresso powder in 2 tablespoons of water and add to the custard mixture.

5. Pour the custard into the prepared cake pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until the custard is set.

6. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.

7. To make the caramel sauce, heat the remaining 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has melted and is a deep golden brown color.

8. Immediately pour the caramel over the flan, tilting the pan to cover the top evenly. Let cool for 30 minutes.

9. To serve, run a knife around the edges of the flan to loosen it from the pan, then invert the flan onto a plate. Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!

9. Profiteroles (Puff Pastry Donuts)

I love this recipe for Puff Pastry Glazed Donuts from Six Sisters Stuff! This recipe is easy to make yet yields delicious results that are sure to impress. The light and fluffy donuts are made with just a few basic ingredients and puff pastry dough. The glaze is made with simple ingredients like butter, sugar, and milk and adds a nice sweetness to the donuts.

The best part is that you can make a big batch of these donuts in no time, meaning you can enjoy them with friends or family whenever you want. The donuts have a nice crunch on the outside and a soft, fluffy center. You can also customize the flavor of the glaze with different extracts or spices for endless possibilities. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite and it’s easy enough for anyone to make. I’m sure you’ll love it!


– 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

– 1/4 cup butter, melted

– 1/2 cup granulated sugar

– 2 tablespoons milk

– 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

– Powdered sugar, for dusting


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.

2. Cut the puff pastry into 3-inch circles and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

5. Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze and place on a wire rack to let the glaze set and harden.

6. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Enjoy!

10. Zuppa Inglese (English Tea Flan)

I love this recipe for Zuppa Inglese because it is truly a unique and delicious Italian dessert. It is a layered cake made with ladyfingers, custard and chocolate, and it is so simple to make. The layers of ladyfingers provide a nice crunch and the custard and chocolate give it a smooth and creamy texture. I also love that it uses simple ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store. The end result is a beautiful, decadent dessert that everyone loves.

Plus, it is a great way to showcase Italian culture and heritage. Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also has a special history behind it. Zuppa Inglese was created in the 1800s in Bologna, Italy, which makes it even more special. I am always excited to share this classic Italian dessert with my friends and family and I am sure they will love it as much as I do!


– 2 packages of ladyfingers

– 2 cups of whole milk

– 4 egg yolks

– 1/2 cup of sugar

– 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

– 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

– 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

– 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier (optional)

– 2 tablespoons of Amaretto (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.

2. Line the bottom of the pan with a single layer of ladyfingers.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy.

4. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder, Grand Marnier (if using), and Amaretto (if using).

5. Pour the custard mixture over the ladyfingers and spread evenly.

6. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!


We hope you have enjoyed this list of the Best Neapolitan Desserts. We have strived to provide you with all the information you need to narrow down your choices and make the best decision for your sweet tooth. We hope that our comprehensive guide has made your search for the perfect Neapolitan dessert easier. Thank you for taking the time to check out this list and happy dessert-eating!

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