Today we’re going to discuss how to make a multi-layer cake right in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to be an amazing baker and you definitely don’t need to pay someone hundreds of dollars to make you this cake. All you need is a little ingenuity, the right ingredients, and a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Keep in mind that what we’re about to show you below is a great recipe but it is also the simplest one out there. There are definitely plenty of other great examples out there, so be sure to keep an open mind!
Getting Set Up for your Multi-Layer Cake
The first and most important thing that you will need to do is choose a good recipe. You need the cake to bake flat while being moist and firm which should be your goal for any cake, not just a layer cake. This, however, is much more important in a layer cake as you will want the layers to sit evenly, lest they become a new incarnation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In other words, how quickly can you eat that cake before it falls over? Don’t worry, all you need to do is take a serrated knife or leveler to the top of the cake so that you can cut off the excess. If the cake has risen above the sides of the pan it will be even easier to pull off as you’ll just need to slide the knife along the edge of the pan. You won’t even need to hold your hand steady!
Now, it should go without saying that you’re going to need to bake multiple cakes in order for this to work with each layer being fairly thin if you want the thing to be a reasonable size when you’re done. It is strongly recommended that you use identical cake pans to make each later so that you don’t have uneven proportions when you pull the thing out of the oven – that would be tragic.
Keeping it All Together
When you’re putting a layer cake together you need it to do two things:
- The layers need to stick together
- You need it to NOT fall apart in your hands
For the first part of this you’re going to use a process known as ‘torting’ which will probably make you feel a bit like a brick mason. Torting is simply applying frosting between the layers, and you will probably want to use quite a bit of it. Yes, when you put the layers atop one another the frosting is going to squeeze through the sides, but you can easily cut it away with a knife and that’s what counts!
The second part of this is even easier. Because you are dealing with cake there is always a chance that it will crumble in your hands, especially if you’re moving it around a lot. That being said, the best thing you can do is put your layers in the refrigerator overnight to make sure that they are sufficiently hardened. Once they thaw out they’ll be perfectly edible!
As you can see, putting it together is pretty easy and once you’ve done that, all you need to do is add the frosting. A layer cake is an outstanding opportunity to create multiple flavors as well as making what could easily be considered eye candy at your next event. Give it a try!