Neapolitan Zebra Cheesecake Recipe

Dive into the delightful world of Neapolitan flavors with this visually stunning Zebra Cheesecake! This dessert combines the classic tastes of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla in an eye-catching zebra pattern that’s sure to impress. Perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself to something uniquely delicious.


For the crust:

  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the Strawberry Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup strawberry purée
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract (optional)
  • A few drops of red food coloring (optional)

For the Chocolate Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup flour

For the Vanilla Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons flour


  1. Prepare the crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan and freeze.
  2. Prepare the batter: For each layer (strawberry, chocolate, vanilla), combine ingredients in separate bowls and whisk until smooth.
  3. Assemble the cheesecake: Start with a scoop of vanilla batter in the center of the crust, followed by chocolate, then strawberry. Continue alternating scoops, layering into a zebra pattern.
  4. Bake: At 350°F for 65 minutes. Turn off the oven and let it cool slowly inside for at least an hour to prevent cracks.


  • Use a small scoop for batter to enhance the zebra pattern.
  • Consider using squeeze bottles or piping bags for more precise layers.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven to minimize surface cracking.


Q: How do I prevent the cheesecake from cracking?
A: Let the cheesecake cool in the turned-off oven gradually. This slow cooling helps prevent the surface from cracking.

Q: Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can prepare this cheesecake a day in advance and keep it refrigerated. This will also enhance its flavors and texture.

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 65 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 35 mins + cooling

Yield: 12 servings

Category: Dessert

Method: Baking

Cuisine: Fusion

Diet: Vegetarian


The Neapolitan Zebra Cheesecake is more than just a dessert; it’s a centerpiece that celebrates the joy of eating. With its creamy layers of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla set in a striking zebra pattern, this cheesecake is as delightful to look at as it is to eat. Whether for a festive celebration or a cozy family dinner, it promises a memorable end to any meal. Indulge in the craft of baking with this artistic and scrumptious dessert.

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