How Many Layers Of Cake Should I Use For Each Tier On A Cake

Decorating By jettabug27 Updated 12 Jul 2011 , 9:56pm by CakeandDazzle

jettabug27 Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 7:37pm
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i am a new baker and i have decided to make my sister a 3 tier birthday cake for 18th birthday. i have already came to the conclusion that i am going to use a 12 in cake for the bottom tier, a 9 in cake for the middle tier, and a 6 in cake for the top tier. the only problem i have is that im not really sure how many layers of cake i should use for each tier? icon_sad.gif somebody please help...any suggestions????

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jason_kraft Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 7:43pm
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For tiered cakes we typically use 3 layers in each tier, but if you wanted shorter tiers you could use 2 layers instead.

FYI that cake will probably serve around 75 people.

CWR41 Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 7:46pm
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Two 2" tall layers are typical, but you can use as many as you like that equal 4 inches if you're going for typical, or more layers if you're going for another look... keep in mind that you need a support system for every 4" of cake height.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

CakeandDazzle Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:06pm
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i do 2 just about 2in cakes cut in half for each tier, so 4 layers cake 3 layers filling

TexasSugar Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:15pm
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Originally Posted by CakeandDazzle

i do 2 just about 2in cakes cut in half for each tier, so 4 layers cake 3 layers filling




Ditto

jason_kraft Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:19pm
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Interesting responses...we've found that 4" tall tiers tend to look a little skimpy. We still do 2 layers for party cakes but for wedding cakes our tiers are closer to the 5" range.

kathie-d Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:22pm
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Same here, Two X 2" cakes torted = 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling/frosting for each tier. And yes....make sure you add support as mentioned above!

TexasSugar Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:23pm
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Mine would probably a little taller than 4in. I torte both layers and have three layers of filling, which adds a little height.

kathie-d Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 8:24pm
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

Interesting responses...we've found that 4" tall tiers tend to look a little skimpy. We still do 2 layers for party cakes but for wedding cakes our tiers are closer to the 5" range.




Once my cakes are torted and filled each tier is almost 5" as well.

cakesmart Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by CakeandDazzle

i do 2 just about 2in cakes cut in half for each tier, so 4 layers cake 3 layers filling




This is also what I do.

CakeandDazzle Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 9:56pm
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

Mine would probably a little taller than 4in. I torte both layers and have three layers of filling, which adds a little height.


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