How to Make a Layered Cake

Making a layered cake is
fun, but it can also be extremely frustrating. Believe me, I have had my fair
share of cracked and crumbled cake disasters. However, with lots of practice,
and helpful tips from other bakers and bloggers, I am slowly perfecting my
layer cakes. 

For my tutorial I used Sweetened with Honey’s Carrot Cake Recipe {pinned here}
and added a vanilla pudding cake filling. 

Step 1: Prepare your cake pans to make sure the cake slides out nicely
after baking by using wax paper. Using the bottom of your cake pan as a
stencil, trace and cut out wax paper to place in the bottom of your pan.
Grease the bottom of the pan, add the wax paper, then grease the entire thing. Sprinkle the pan
with four until the pan is completely covered. 

Step 2: Make the cake
batter
and pour an equal amount of batter in each pan so that each
layer is the same height. 

Step 3: Bake your cake
with perfectly level layers!
There is no way to prevent your cake from slightly raising
in the middle, however I learned {from Annalise}
that you
can reduce the heat from 350 degrees F to 300 degrees F and increase
the baking time
for a more even
layer. The lower temperatures bake the cake slower, which prevents it
from doming. A good rule of thumb when you reduce the temperature is to bake it
for one and a half times as long as the recipe originally suggests. So if the
recipe says 60 minutes at 350 degrees, it will take approximately 90 minutes at
300 degrees. But keep an eye on it! Check it periodically after the original
suggested time to be sure you don’t over bake it.

Step 4: Let your cakes sit in
their pans for at least 10 minutes. To remove your cake, first run a knife
around the edge and turn them out onto a wire rack {wax paper side down
on the wire}. Cool on the racks completely.

Step 5: Chill the layers
in the fridge overnight
in plastic wrap if you have the time. If not, chill for at
least a few hours. 


Note: if your layers are
still uneven, you can use a cake leveler to cut the tops.


Step 6: Unwrap the layers and prepare your icing and pudding
{optional}. Your icing should be at a consistency where if you drop your
spatula straight into the bowl, it should slightly bend one direction, not
stick straight up. 



Note: you can use any
flavor pudding mix, but make sure you do not purchase the instant mix.
Make the pudding
according to the packaged directions, using only half the milk that it calls
for
.


Step 7: Place your bottom cake
layer on a cardboard round {so it is easy to transport to a cake stand later} and
pipe along the rim of the cake to
keep the pudding in place. 

Step 8: Spread on the
pudding filling.
Although icing is the most common {and easiest} filling,
pudding is a great secret for making your cake a little less sweet. 

Step 9: Add your top
layer,
or repeat steps 7-8 until for each additional layer.


Step 10: Once all of your layers
are stacked, it is time to frost the
cake
! Your first layer should be a crumb
coat
, a thin layer of icing that seals in any loose crumbs. Using an angled
spatula, spread the icing over the top first, then the sides. Place cake in
fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes
to harden the icing, allowing for a smoother second coat. 

Note: To keep your icing
crumb-free, always wipe crumbs off your spatula before dipping it back into the
bowl.



Another Note: Using a cake turn table will make the icing process much easier! You can get a cake turn table at Walmart or Michaels for about $10 {I promise it’s worth it!}


Step 11: Spread on the second coat of icing, and move cake to plate
or stand. 

Step 12: Add the finishing touches using the back of a spoon while spinning the cake.

Step 13: Sprinkle cinnamon on top!

Enjoy your cake with family and friends!

The carrot cake I made for Easter 2012



I used a bunting printable {pinned here} as my cake topper



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26 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 10, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Cute and very helpful!! My icing is always "crummy".xoxo Amelia Beck

  2. Anonymous
    April 10, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Cute and very helpful!! My icing is always "crummy".xoxo Amelia Beck

  3. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    April 10, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    The perfect cake! Love your tutorial – I have never tried the spoon idea – love the look of the detailing!

  4. Shannon Marie
    April 10, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    New follower here! 🙂 Your cake is so picturesque! I bet it tastes just as wonderful as it looks. My goal is to be more domestic… I'm thinking this should be added to my to-bake list! Thanks for the great directions. xo

  5. A Simple Southern Life
    April 10, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Your cake looks great!

  6. Lindsey @ be pretty
    April 10, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    Look at you go! For someone who is danger in the kitchen this is beyond helpful… love the spoon trick! 🙂 Very cute and you know I'm a fan of the flags!

  7. natasha {schue love}
    April 10, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    My mouth is literally watering! I'm SUPER craving this cake now!! Gorgeous job!

  8. Dana Gastelum
    April 10, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    Gorgeous cake!! Love the bunting! Nice trick with the back of the spoon – will definitely try that! 🙂 Have a lovely day!~Dana

  9. May
    April 11, 2012 / 1:22 am

    Cannot wait to try this! Thank you for the helpful tips 🙂

  10. Katrina Hutchins {come+together}
    April 11, 2012 / 1:37 am

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Megan@TwoDelighted
    April 12, 2012 / 1:50 am

    Love that spoon trick dude! I will definitely be doing that. I love making layer cakes if I have plenty of time but it can be exhausting!! Yours is beautiful.

  12. Tara
    April 12, 2012 / 2:36 am

    This looks so delicious and you made it sound so simple that I might just have to try :)Thanks for sharing!

  13. Megan {Tales of an HBS Wife}
    April 12, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    that looks amazing, I'm going to try that!

  14. [darci @ the good life]
    April 12, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Oh my gosh – it looks fantastic!!! Way to go, girl! You might have just inspired me to make Jackson's 1st birthday smash cake!! I'm wanting that exact same look, but with mexican themed banner flags across the top to match his party (first fiesta).This is awesome!! YAYYY!But now I'm afraid you're just really gifted and this is going to be super challenging for me?! Yikes.

  15. Nicole-Lynn
    April 13, 2012 / 2:45 am

    Such a great tutorial and the cake looks delicious!!

  16. taylorlsteele
    April 17, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    This cake is adorable! I love bunting!

  17. Christina
    April 19, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    Carrot Cake was the first layered cake I ever made. It was so much fun! I need it to be my wedding cake! 🙂

  18. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft
    April 22, 2012 / 5:24 am

    Just found your blog through Pinterest and I am in love! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post. I remember my Grandmother making layered cakes all.the.time. when i was a little girl. I have been too intimidated (silly, right?) to try one myself.. Maybe this post is what I need to conquer that fear! 🙂

  19. Rylie-Beth
    June 29, 2012 / 1:22 am

    Thanks soo much!! This will totally help me with staking my brother's birthday cake. Thanks!!!

  20. Natasha
    March 9, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    i was planning on making jeff a carrot cake for his birthday this week and this is absolutely perfect!! you were reading my mind friend…cannot wait to try this!!

  21. Health Master
    September 11, 2013 / 5:06 am

    very easy explanation done in this tutorial good way of briefing and thanks for sharing this online…Food Manufacturer

  22. Sunita Chaudhar
    February 20, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    WOW! This looks absolutely nice..Very Nice post. cake look so yummy… I use to do buy online wedding cakes as its time saving.very informative post about cakes.thanks for sharing this.

  23. Xiao Swarb
    February 7, 2015 / 9:56 am

    These cakes are truly lovely. Some of them remind me of the beautiful English wallpaper that you see in magazines. I can only imagine how much time goes into each one! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  24. Selene Kendra
    July 13, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Like you…. I can make a cupcake in 100000000 different ways… but have just fell in love with making cakes over the last year or so. GREAT tips for these tool! I have yet to try the baking spray (they don’t sell it here in Germany at the American commissary)…. but the rest of the tools…. YES! Spot on! 🙂 Happy Baking!selenekendra

  25. jhon miller
    July 14, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Wow that is truly beautiful. I've never made a layer cake before so I didn't know how much work goes into it! Now i feel like I want to make one. Thank you so much for these tips.Thank you!!john miller

  26. Britt Nordenson
    July 14, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Congrats on four years! That’s a great accomplishment! Definitely worthy of this amazing looking brown sugar cake! Thank you!!BrittNordenson

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