30+ Layer Cake Recipes for Cake Decorating
Often we have a wonderful cake recipe but not the right size pan, which can be frustrating. That is why I had the calculated recipes for you. Since then, I have discontinued those PDFs. Because now you can have all my recipes calculated for you no matter what pan you have and how many servings you need. Here are 30 plus layer cake recipes that you can use for cake decorating with buttercream, and ganache as well as fondant.
What is the one thing you hate when you finish mixing your cake batter? The realization that this is not going to give you the height you need. Even more frustrating is baking a full batch again for that little extra cake layer. This used to be my nightmare when I just started off my cake decorating career.
I’d bake using online calculators to calculate my recipes which never got the results I was looking for. Why? Because most people bake 1 1/2 inch cakes for their celebrations. And yet, if you are a cake decorator like me then you want a tall cake! You want a minimum 2-inch cake, more not less.
As a general rule, I love tall cakes. And while my cake orders are often regular 4-inch cakes, I tend to deliver more but never less. Tall cakes are so much prettier!!
Look at my recent Blossom White Wedding Cake (the photo below). These are all 4-inch tall tiers. Close your eyes for just a minute and imagine this same cake with 6-inch tall tiers. Can you imagine how much more of a wow factor those 6 inches would add to this cake? I KNOW!!!
About my cakes
By now, you know that I bake from scratch and all my cakes are rich, full-fat and decadent. There are no cheap recipes and no cost cutting when it comes to my cakes. My customers expect the highest standards, so I must deliver a high-value product. So yes, if you use my recipes they are going to be butter/oil, eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, and all that extra.
Some other cake decorators tell me that my cake recipes are great, but they are not cost effective. As a business, they want to make money. That’s not how I work. I’m in the business of providing my customers great value and memorable moments. Therefore, I give my customers what I give my family. Rich, decadent and indulgent desserts. Like they are supposed to be. There is a time for low-fat and there is a place for a diet. And yet, when it comes to my customers they get the best. Unless a customer specifically orders something else, I will make them my standard cakes.
First of all, I make great cakes. Then I calculate the cost and set. the price. Yes, it makes the cakes expensive, and yet, it also brings the right customers to me. And brings back for more cakes. I am proud of my cakes and I want to make them for customers who appreciate good quality, not low cost.
My online shop for calculated recipes – has been discontinued
I recently discontinued my online shop with calculated recipes. And yet, that’s not because I don’t want to share the recipes. Those recipes were always free on my blog. The PDF versions had the same recipes calculated for different tiers. So those who want different sizes could have more options. The recipes were already free on the blog.
Until a few years ago, calculating cake recipes was a big job. So I had the calculated recipe in a pdf format sold on my online shop for a small fee. And yet, recently, I installed a new recipe card that can calculate the recipe for you. Hence, you do not need to buy the pdf from me.
Now, all you need to do is change the number of servings in the recipe card below. See that little box that says “adjust servings here”? Just change that to the number of people you need to serve or the cake pan serving you need. For example, if you need a 10-inch cake that serves 36 people, simply change the number from 8 to 36.
How do you know what is the servings size of a cake pan?
I already shared this with you previously in my post with all the charts. Cake Serving Chart Guide and Popular Cake Tiers. Here are a few examples to help you. These are wedding cake portion sizes, not party cake sizes. I use these when I make fondant or buttercream cakes for wedding and celebrations.
- 6″x 2 round – 12 servings
- 7 x 2 round – 18 servings
- 8″x 2 round – 24 servings
- 9 x 2 round – 32 servings
- 10 x 2 round – 26 servings
Grams vs. Cups
Additionally, you can also change the measure from metrics to US customary. So for those of you in the US, you have your cups and ounces and those of you in Europe, Asia, UK, and India can have the gram measurement. Can you see those two black boxes that say – Metric and US Customary? Just play with those to get the measure that suits you best.
How do you adapt a recipe for different cake pan sizes? (save/pin)
A general guide for cake batters and size
- 4 cups cake batter – (1 x 8-inch round), (8 x 4 loaf pan), (1 x 7-inch square cake)
- 8 cups cake batter – ( 2 x 8-inch round cakes) (1 x 9-inch tube pan) (10-inch bundt pan), (2 x 7-inch square cakes)
- 6 cups cake batter – (1 x 9 inch round cakes) (1 x 8-inch square cakes)
- 11 cups cake batter makes – (1 x 10-inch round cake) (2 x 8-inch square cake) (3 x 8-inch round cakes)
- 4 cups batter makes 12 cupcakes
- 6 cups batter makes 15 cupcakes
- 8 cups batter makes 24 cupcakes
- 12 cups batter makes 35 cupcakes
My Layer Cakes
If you see my layer recipes I usually have two recipes, sometimes three. One is an oil-based cake, while one is a butter-based cake. There are times when one is better than the other, right?
For example, for my wedding cakes, that need to travel or in the summer humidity, I go with my butter-based recipes. And yet, my small cakes, single-tier cakes, two-tier cakes, and in winter I use my oil-based cakes.
I love the moisture component that oil-based cakes bring, but I also love the rich flavor component that butter-based cakes have. While I want to be a successful cake decorator, serving delicious cakes to my customers, I also want a stress free profession. These little things can make a huge difference.
So here is a list of over 4o of my layer cakes recipes that I use as a cake decorator when I have orders for my business. I also have a huge selection of coffee cakes, which I often use when I need to make cakes for family and friends. I will discuss those below after this list so you don’t get confused.
One Bowl Vanilla Cake Recipe from Scratch
This one bowl vanilla cake recipe is a simple, easy and effortless recipe and ideal when you need a quick and easy cake. It’s baked from scratch and taste delicious on its own. Works as a great tea time treat, frost it for a quick dessert or decorate to create a celebration cake. Add flavor or fillings to create more variations of this classic.Continue Reading
Light and Fluffy Vanilla Cake
This is the best moist, light fluffy vanilla cake recipe. Made using butter and whipped egg whites that gives it a moist delicate crumb. A simple and easy recipe that works perfectly every single time. Perfect for any occasion such an evening dessert or birthday celebration.Continue Reading
Vanilla Cream Cake Recipe made with Fresh Cream
This vanilla cream cake is a delicate cake with a melt in the mouthfeel just on its own even without any frosting. It’s rich flavor and soft texture comes from the fresh cream in the batter. A simple, easy and effortless recipe that’s luxurious as it is humble. Perfect on its own with a cuppa or frosted and decorated as a celebration cake.Continue Reading
Eggless Vanilla Cake Recipe - Eggless Cake Recipes
This eggless vanilla cake recipe is moist with a soft crumb. It tastes absolutely delicious on its own with tea or dressed with frosting for an elegant celebration cake. It can also be used to carve into a novelty cake with ease. A simple, easy and effortless recipe that’s versatile and can be tweaked to make many different flavors and combinations.Continue Reading
Classic Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe
A vanilla sponge cake is a must-have recipe for any cake decorator. This simple and easy sponge cake can be used for celebration cakes, novelty cakes as well as wedding cakes. A great place to start if you are new to baking a cake from scratch.Continue Reading
Classic White Wedding Cake with IMBC (Bakery Style Wedding Cake)
A white wedding cake is a classic and most popular wedding cake flavor also know as bakery style wedding cake. A Light and airy cake using only egg whites and vegetable shortening for that white color and often accompanied with white frosting to maintain that white cake appearance. This moist, light and airy cake uses white butter for its superior flavor and frosted with white Italian meringue buttercream for more luxury and richness.Continue Reading
One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe from Scratch
A one bowl chocolate cake recipe is a must-have recipe on hand if you love cake. This simple, easy and effortless recipe is quick and versatile. Taste delicious on its own fresh out of the oven, dress it with a little frosting for a quick dessert or decorate it for a celebration cake. Use fruit fillings or flavored frostings to create more exotic variations.Continue Reading
Simple Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe
A versatile chocolate cake recipe is a must have on hand recipe. This simple, easy and effortless recipe makes an irresistible simple moist chocolate cake. All you need are two bowls and a whisk. The light and airy texture of this cake mean you it can be served with whipped cream for a light dessert or with chocolate frosting for a more indulgent affair.Continue Reading
BEST Chocolate Chiffon Cake Recipe with Kahlua Chocolate Buttercream
Rich, decadent, light and airy chocolate chiffon cake layered with a melt in your mouth Kahlua buttercream frosting. Perfect to use as a celebration cake or when you need a chocolate treat that’s not too dense and heavy. This oil-based batter with must less fat than traditional cakes is perfect when you need a light pick me up chocolate dessert.Continue Reading
The Best Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe with Caramel Buttercream
If you looking for the most chocolaty, rich, dense and easy chocolate mud cake? This is it! Perfect for any birthday, celebration or just went you are in a chocolate mood. A treat on its own and needs no frosting but try it with dark chocolate ganache frosting or try what I have for you today, a chocolate mud cake with caramel buttercream.Continue Reading
Devils Food Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
This rich, dark and delicious devils food chocolate cake is simple and easy yet light and decadent. Filled with my five minutes vanilla buttercream and frosted with a decadent chocolate ganache this is the ultimate chocolate cake for anyone chocolate lover. A simple, easy and effortless recipe that takes five minutes to mix and 40 minutes to bake.Continue Reading
Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream
A light and refreshing cake with whipped cream. Perfect when you want something rich and yet light. Made with my popular chocolate chiffon cake as a base and filled with chocolate whipped cream then covered with more whipped cream. These layers are moist and indulgent yet light and refreshingContinue Reading
Chocolate Ganache Chocolate Cake - Perfect for Any Celebration
This chocolate ganache chocolate cake for a true chocolate lover. Delicious layers of rich chocolate cake frosted with chocolate ganache and glazed with chocolate glaze for that ultimate finish. Whether you make this for a birthday celebration or for a simple weekend dinner. This chocolate cake is truly a dessert to be enjoyed guiltfree.Continue Reading
Moist Eggless Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe
This moist eggless chocolate fudge cake has a firm texture with a soft crumb that melts in the mouth. Simple and easy to make and so versatile with so many flavor variations. Try it with rich buttercream frosting, light whipped cream or fill it with an indulgent chocolate mousse filling like I have.Continue Reading
Classic Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe
A chocolate sponge cake is a must-have recipe on hand for any cake decorator. This simple and easy recipe works a treat as a tea time snack and can be used for celebration cakes. Perfect for a sculpted cake, and even works a treat to be served as a wedding cake.Continue Reading
Zesty Lemon Cake with Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream
This light and refreshing butter-based zesty lemon cake is surprisingly easy and simple to make. Takes no more than 10 minutes to mix and 25 minutes to bake. Frosted with lemon flavored Swiss meringue buttercream and some pretty yellow ruffles. Ideal for a weeknight dessert with a lighter cream cheese frosting or can be made into a celebration cake for a birthday, anniversary or wedding with fondant and more.Continue Reading
Moist Lemon Cake Recipe
A refreshingly moist lemon cake recipe that’s perfect any time of the day. A simple and easy recipe that takes 5 minutes to mix. Serve on its own as a tea time snack or dress with frosting for a celebration or wedding cake. Cover it with fondant for that ultimate custom cake your guest will remember forever.Continue Reading
Best Orange Cake with Orange Swiss Meringue Buttercream
This light and airy butter-based orange cake made with fresh orange juice is surprisingly simple and easy to make with just 10 minutes to mix and 25 minutes to bake. Filled and frosted with an orange flavored Swiss meringue buttercream this cake makes for a perfect dessert or celebration cake any time of the year. Try my homemade orange curd for an exotic filling or frost with cream cheese for a more decadent and light affair.Continue Reading
Moist Orange Cake Recipe
A simple, moist orange cake recipe that is fragrant, tender and melts in the mouth delicious. Easy recipe that takes no more than five minutes to combine. A perfect tea time treat made with fresh orange juice and zest for that ultimate orange flavor.Continue Reading
Moist Strawberry Cake Recipe with Velvet ABC
A moist strawberry cake can be an absolute treat eaten on its own or frosted with whipped cream or buttercream. This simple, easy and effortless recipe makes the most decadently rich, moist and light strawberry cake that melts in the mouth. Serve it on its own unfrosted as a coffee cake, frost it with whipped cream for a light dessert or with rich decadent buttercream for a more indulgent treat.Continue Reading
Fresh Strawberry Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
A fresh strawberry cake is the most refreshing summer cake you can make when strawberries are in season. This butter-based cake is very simple and easy to make, takes 10 minutes to mix and 25 minutes to bake. Light and airy with a soft delicate crumb can be eaten on its own, served with strawberries and fresh cream or layered with my ultimate strawberry filling and Swiss meringue buttercream for an indulgent affair.Continue Reading
Moist Strawberry Cake Recipe
An addictive strawberry cake recipe that refreshing, light with a soft crumb that melts in the mouth. A simple and easy recipe that takes 10 minutes to mix and tastes delicious on its own. Serve it as a tea time treat on its own or dress it to make a celebration cake. Cover it with whipped cream for an ultimate dessert or dress it with fondant for that professional custom cake appeal.Continue Reading
Simple and Easy Strawberry Cream Cake for Dessert
The genoise light sponge cake is the base for this simple yet light and refreshing dessert with fresh cream and strawberries. This strawberry cream cake is the perfect dessert when you need something indulgent yet light and refreshing especially when strawberries are in season. Can be made a day ahead of time using my stabilized whipped cream method.Continue Reading
Red Velvet Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting
This red velvet cake has a classic sponge texture that’s light and airy, moist cake with a tender crumb and deep red color in contrast to the white cream cheese frosting. This simple, easy and effortless recipe is a must-have recipe for anyone who loves to bake cakes whether you are a novice or a seasoned baker.Continue Reading
Best Red Velvet Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream
This is probably the best red velvet cake you will ever taste. Moist, light and fluffy with just the right amount of acidity and hint of chocolate. A simple butter-based recipe that’s surprisingly easy to mix in less than 10 minutes. Frost it with cream cheese for a classic red velvet affair or try my exotic homemade Italian meringue buttercream that takes this cake to a whole new level.Continue Reading
Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Delicious moist carrot cake baked from scratch with crisp walnuts and sweet raisins, layered with rich delicious cream cheese frosting. A simple, easy and effortless one bowl recipe that you will enjoy making over and over again. Delicious on its own as a tea time snack or dressed for any celebration with my luscious cream cheese frosting to create an exotic dessert.Continue Reading
Best Carrot Cake Recipe with Apricot Swiss Meringue Buttercream
A wonderfully moist yet surprisingly easy carrot cake recipe you will enjoy making over and over again. This is the ultimate best carrot cake filling with wonderful apricot Swiss meringue buttercream and frosted with more meringue ruffles for a celebration cake. Delicious on its own with . or without frosting, this cake is perfect any time of the year.Continue Reading
Coconut Cake Recipe - Desiccated Coconut Cake
Coconut is such a versatile flavor and can be used in savory or sweet dishes. This simple, easy and effortless coconut cake recipe makes a delicious cake using desiccated coconut from scratch that you can whip in five minutes. It tastes great unfrosted as a coffee cake, served with whipped cream for a light dessert or use some decadent buttercream for a more indulgent treat or celebration cakeContinue Reading
Earl Grey Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream
Know anyone who loves tea? I have the perfect cake for that tea lover in your life. This Earl Grey cake has just the right balance of tea and citrusy bergamot essence which makes this unique blend of flavor. Delicious on its own or frosted with my homemade Italian meringue buttercream this cake is perfect to serve as a weekend dessert or to celebrate a special milestone such as a birthday, anniversary or wedding.Continue Reading
Easy Rainbow Cake Recipe - Seven Rainbow Layer Cake
Make a perfect rainbow cake recipe with all the seven colors of the rainbow. This step by step tutorial with pictures and video shows you how to make a seven layer rainbow cake simple, easy and effortlessly. Whether you chose to use gel food colors or natural food colors to make the colors this is a birthday cake recipe any kid would love to celebrate with.Continue Reading
Best Butterscotch Cake Recipe with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Butterscotch has a distinct rich flavor that’s hard to resist. This simple, easy and effortless recipe makes the most decadent butterscotch cake with a moist texture and a soft crumb. The batter is flavored with butterscotch sauce, dark brown sugar and sour cream. Decorated with luxurious Swiss Meringue buttercream that just melts in the mouth and dripped with more butterscotch sauce.Continue Reading
Classic Gingerbread cake recipe with Vanilla Buttercream
This holiday season place this classic gingerbread cake at the center of the dessert table. It’s a perfect cake to serve during the fall and winter months. Infused with warm gingerbread spice and the rich flavor of molasses. Sweet vanilla buttercream between layers and a light chocolate ganache frosting makes an elegant presentation to impress guests or serve as a celebration cake.Continue Reading
Caramel Apple Cake with Caramel Buttercream
Start the apple season with this caramel apple cake layered with creamy exotic caramel buttercream and drizzled with delicious homemade caramel sauce for that added luxury. Whether you make this for a celebration or festive dinner this will have everyone talking about it for days. Caramel, spiced apples and soft melt in the mouth buttercream. You just know it’s going to be good.Continue Reading
Pumpkin Spice cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Celebrate the season of fall with warm pumpkin spice and a delicious cream cheese frosting that just melts in your mouth. This pumpkin spice cake is a rich butter-based cake batter infused with pumpkin puree and warm fall spices. Perfect to celebrate a festive dinner with family and friends. Top with fondant pumpkins and make this the center of your next celebration event.Continue Reading
Pumpkin Spice-Latte Cake with Maple Buttercream (Video Recipe)
The rich flavor of pumpkin spice latte beverage in a cake makes it a pumpkin spice-latte cake. Combine with a maple buttercream frosting this cake is a perfect fall dessert you’ve been craving for. Oil-based cake batter makes for a light and airy cake infused with warm spices, coffee, and maple syrup. Rich decadent and perfect for a celebration or festive dessert. Topped with fondant pumpkins this cake is ready to be placed as the centerpiece for your next festive family dinner.Continue Reading
Pumpkin Cream Cake with Whipped Cream Buttercream
This pumpkin cream cake is pure luxury and a great way to celebrate. Made with fresh cream in the batter which is why we call it cream cake, as well as whipped cream in the buttercream. A decadent cake that’s wonderfully balanced with a rich yet light and airy cake as well as frosting which makes it perfect to enjoy after a big meal such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.Continue Reading
Chai Latte Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Bring your favorite chai latte beverage to your cake with this chai latte cake. A light and fluffy vanilla cake batter infused with perfectly balanced chai spice mix and freshly prepared milk tea. Accompanied with vanilla buttercream frosting to enhance and preserve the chai flavors. The recipe is surprisingly simple and easy to make too.Continue Reading
Vanilla Cafe Latte Cake with Coffee Buttercream
Add your favorite vanilla cafe latte beverage to cake and make this cafe latte cake and to enhance the coffee flavor, even more, frost it with coffee buttercream. This cake is a coffee lovers cake using light and airy vanilla based cake that simple and easy to make. The cake takes only 35 minutes to bake, and the coffee frosting takes as little as five minutes to whip. Layer cakes don’t get easier than that. Do they?Continue Reading
Classic Sponge Cake Recipe - Vanilla or Chocolate.
A good sponge cake is a is a must-have recipe on hand. It’s often the base for many variations and uses. From perfect tired cakes to novelty cakes or even dessert cakes dress in cream or frosting. It’s ideal for children’s cakes or any tea time treat. It’s one of the easiest cakes to make too! It’s also a great recipe to start if you are new to baking.Continue Reading
Espresso Cake with Whipped Espresso Ganache
his is the ultimate espresso cake. Moist, rich vanilla cake layers infused with espresso and frosted with a light and fluffy whipped espresso chocolate ganache. Perfect for weekend dessert, entertaining with friends or as a celebration cake. A surprisingly simple and easy recipe with everything you can make ahead of time so you don’t have to rushContinue Reading
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe (Video Recipe)
If you need to celebrate with a gluten-free chocolate cake, then this is it! Rich, and moist, yet light and airy this decadent flourless chocolate cake is decorated with a rich bakery style chocolate frosting. A surprisingly simple and easy recipe that looks impressive. Perfect for any occasionContinue Reading
Vanilla Kahlua Cake with Kahlua Chocolate Buttercream
This moist, rich vanilla Kahlua cake is a light and airy butter-based layer cake. Frosted with Kahlua chocolate buttercream frosting this is perfect for a weekend treat, a celebration cake or when you need that coffee flavored zing.Continue Reading
Coffee Cakes (bundts, loaves, sheet cakes etc)
These are cakes that I love to make when I need something for family and friends. Often when I don’t want any frosting. I love my bundt pans very much so I use them more often. Similarly, I love using a loaf pan when I need a simpler cake.
The advantage of coffee cakes is that you can tweak one ingredient and make a completely different cake. Like my blueberry cream cake can also be raspberry, blackberry or strawberry by simply changing the fruit.
Some of these can also be made into a layer cake, like my cream cheese pound cake and my classic pound cake. I often use them as a base for my novelty cakes. So take a look at these coffee cakes and I hope you will enjoy making them.
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