Cake Layers

Decorating By Susie0530 Updated 27 Oct 2011 , 4:16pm by TexasSugar

Susie0530 Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 12:42pm
post #1 of 11

I am making a 12 inch cake for my friend's birthday. I used a 12 x 2 pan. My question is how many layers do you normally have on a cake? Is there a "rule of thumb" to use or just preference? I was thinking of 2 layers with a layer of filling in between and then started thinking about baking another layer so I would have 3 layers and 2 layers of filling. My cakes are not quite 2 inches after they are baked and leveled. If I added another layer my cake would stand about 6 inches tall.

Any advice? Thank you. icon_biggrin.gif

10 replies
MCurry Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 12:56pm
post #2 of 11

It is a matter of preference. However, I do 4 layers of cake and 3 levels of filling for most my cakes. For my red velvet I make 3 layers of cake and two layers of filling. My goal is that my cakes need to stacked once filled to about 4 1/2 inches tall.

lilmissbakesalot Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 12:56pm
post #3 of 11

I do two 2" layers and cut them in 1/2 so that there is now four 1" layers. Well they are a little under 1" tall. Then there is 3 filling layers and it looks really nice when sliced.

My cakes are usually 4.75" tall.

MCurry Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 1:06pm
post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilmissbakesalot

I do two 2" layers and cut them in 1/2 so that there is now four 1" layers. Well they are a little under 1" tall. Then there is 3 filling layers and it looks really nice when sliced.

My cakes are usually 4.75" tall.




I should have stated as well that I do two layers and torte them as well!

Susie0530 Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 1:21pm
post #5 of 11

Thank you for your responses. This helps a lot!!!

CWR41 Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 2:16pm
post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Susie0530

If I added another layer my cake would stand about 6 inches tall.




I haven't seen many 6" tall birthday cakes. Keep in mind that typical 4" tall layer cake slices will fit on dessert-size plates and 6" tall cakes won't.

TexasSugar Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 2:22pm
post #7 of 11

I do two layers of cake torted.

My cakes are generally: cake - filling - cake - icing - cake - filling - cake.

chelleb1974 Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 2:56pm
post #8 of 11

I bake two 2" layers and torte them each in half so I have four layers of cake and three layers of filling.

Never thought to do filling and icing like TexasSugar! Might have to try that!

~Chelle

TexasSugar Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 3:08pm
post #9 of 11

Chelle, I like it because when you or when I at least eat a slice of cake I usually have to take two bites from it. This way, every bite I take has both icing, cake and filling it it. Plus to me the icing in the middle makes things more stable. icon_smile.gif

chelleb1974 Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 4:08pm
post #10 of 11

I looooove that reason!!!!!!!!!!!! I always wish every bite had some icing in it, but never thought to do that, hahahaha. Sometimes we don't see what's right in front of us, lol.

Thanks TexasSugar!

TexasSugar Posted 27 Oct 2011 , 4:16pm
post #11 of 11

Glad I could help. icon_smile.gif

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%