Neapolitan Mauritian Cake Recipe

When it comes to the world of Cakes, each culture offers its own delectable version that’s too tempting to resist. In the beautiful island of Mauritius, it’s the Napolitaine Mauritian Cake that steals the show—a Cake so delicate, it practically melts in your mouth, leaving you craving for more.

The best part? You can now expand your Napolitaine palate with tantalizing twists like Nutella and Matcha! This isn’t just a recipe; it’s a journey through Mauritian culture and innovation.

Neapolitan Mauritian Cake – Why Napolitaines Are More Than Just Cakes

Napolitaines, the beloved Mauritian sweet pastry, is the epitome of sensory indulgence. A bite reveals layers of textures and flavors—from the crumbly shortbread biscuits to the luscious strawberry jam and the glossy pink icing on top. A Napolitaine isn’t just a Cake; it’s a moment of sweet bliss, a Mauritian hug wrapped in pink icing.

Ingredients:

For the Biscuits:

  • Plain Flour: 250g
  • Butter or Margarine: 175g, in small cubes

For the Icing:

  • Pure Icing Sugar: 200g
  • Rose Water: ½ tsp
  • Water: 4-5 tbsp
  • Pink Food Colouring: a few drops

For the Filling:

  • Strawberry Jam: to taste, or any other jam of your choice

Method:

The Biscuits:

  1. Don’t Rush the Butter: Sift the flour into a large bowl and add in the cubed butter. Combine them gently with your hands, taking care not to overmix as that would melt the butter and alter the texture.
  2. Chillax Time: Wrap the dough in cling film and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This is like marinating a steak—the flavors intensify, and the texture improves.
  3. Heat Things Up: Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  4. Roll with It: After the dough has chilled, roll it out to about 5mm thickness. Use a 3.5cm round Cake cutter to carve out your Cakes.
  5. Into the Oven: Bake the Cakes for 18–20 minutes or until they’re lightly golden. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.

The Icing:

  1. Sweet Symphony: Sift the pure icing sugar into a medium bowl. Add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, while stirring.
  2. The Color of Love: Stir in the rose water and a few drops of pink food coloring to get that signature Mauritian hue.

Assembly:

  1. Jam Session: Smear some jam on one side of a biscuit and top it with another biscuit to form your Napolitaine.
  2. The Grand Finale: Pour the icing over the Napolitaine, ensuring all sides are beautifully coated.
  3. Patience Pays: Let them set at room temperature before indulging in this slice of Mauritian heaven.

The Evolution of Napolitaine: Nutella and Matcha Versions

Who says tradition can’t have a trendy twist? Expand your Napolitaine repertoire with Nutella and Matcha variants. Just replace the traditional strawberry jam with a spoonful of Nutella or Matcha-infused cream for a fusion flavor that adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

Napolitaine: A Symbol of Culinary Fusion

Napolitaine is a brilliant example of how Mauritian cuisine incorporates French pastry techniques, a nod to the island’s colonial history, and blends them with local ingredients and flair. If you ever find yourself reaching for that second (or third) Napolitaine, don’t resist. It’s not just a Cake; it’s a bite-sized experience of Mauritius, and sometimes, one experience just isn’t enough.

Author’s Note: When you try your hand at this delectable Mauritian treasure, you’re not just baking Cakes—you’re partaking in a culinary tradition that’s as rich and layered as the Napolitaine itself.