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Spectacular Layer Cake Recipes

Layer Cake Recipes

A gorgeous, towering layer cake means one thing: This is special. Here, you’ll find our best multi-layered cakes from classics like vanilla, carrot, coconut, and red velvet to modern cakes inspired by Irish coffee and rich hot chocolate. Plus, a handy tip for making your cake stand up straight, even if you cut the layers a little crooked.


German Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and coconut lovers rejoice! This ultimate recipe for German Chocolate Cake uses a moderate amount of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate—up to 70%—for deeper flavor.

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Pear Ginger Cake with Whipped Cream and Rum-Caramel Glaze

This triple-decker features a tender cake with fresh pears and homemade ginger folded into the batter and a billowy whipped cream filling and frosting topped with luscious rum-caramel glaze.

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Classic Carrot Layer Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

This classic is chock-full of shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and raisins, plus all the spices you’d expect: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

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Vanilla Chiffon Cake

A true chiffon cake is made with only oil, but the flavor of butter just can’t be beat, so this version combines the two. Get ideas for decorating this cake from Erin Gardner’s book Great Cake Decorating or watch her video series to learn some of her tricks.

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Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Homemade Marshmallows

All the rich flavor of hot chocolate—in cake form. Homemade marshmallows piled on top seal the deal on tall and tasty stunner.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cake with Raspberry Jam Filling

White chocolate leaves and a sleek coat of white chocolate buttercream give this three-layer beauty a sophisticated look.

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Baked Alaska with Chocolate-Rum Sauce

This layered ice cream cake with its regal crown of meringue always elicits oohs and aahs. And there’s no need to be intimidated. Even reviewers who don’t consider themselves bakers pulled it off. Watch the video to see a step-by-step of the assembly.

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Triple-Lemon Layer Cake

This light and tender cake is flavored with lemon, layered with tangy lemon curd, and coated with a voluptuous lemony butter frosting.

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Southern Devil's Food Cake

This four-layer Southern classic is made with cocoa powder, not chocolate, with a generous spoonful of mayonnaise in the batter to keep the cake moist and rich.

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Fresh 3-Berry Shortcake

This tall cake is a summer sensation. Serve it at your Memorial Day or 4th of July picnic (or both!). We guarantee your guests won’t mind a bit.

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Vanilla Layer Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Frosting

Fresh raspberries are placed between layers and on top this ethereal vanilla-bean speckled cake.

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Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is a dessert that everyone oohs and aahs over—it’s tall, dark, and handsome, with deep crimson cake layers and a thick coating of cream cheese frosting above, around, and between.

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

A gingery glazed nut topping and brown-butter-spiked cream cheese frosting are the finishing touches for this spectacular spiced pumpkin cake.

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Outrageous Coconut-Cream Meringue Cake

This cake owes its stunning looks to a billowy meringue frosting that’s spiked and browned all over with a kitchen torch.

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Devil’s Food Cake

Pair this go-to cake with vanilla buttercream for a classic combo, or layer in a salted caramel filling or blackberry cabernet buttercream for a more sophisticated flavor profile. Video: Learn Erin Gardner’s secrets to great cake decorating.

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Orange Layer Cake

A bright curd-like filling separates the layers of this sweet family favorite garnished with citrus twists and mint.

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Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake

This recipe reimagines the classic whiskey-spiked Irish coffee as a decadent mocha layer cake filled with coffee-whiskey whipped cream and topped with white and dark chocolate shavings.

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Lemon Icebox Cake

Layering creamy lemon mousse and angel food cake creates this dessert’s light-as-air texture.

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Orange Marmalade Layer Cake with Grand Marnier Buttercream

A simple vanilla cake and a basic buttercream take a citrusy turn once orange marmalade is and Grand Marnier are added to the frosting. The chocolate curls aren’t just for looks; the orange-chocolate combination is divine.

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