I agreed to make a cake for a co-worker's retirement party. I'm a hobbyist, so I've never done anything this large I decided to bake and freeze the cakes and make the SMBC this weekend. I planned to bake 3 1-inch layers but 2 of the layers baked up taller (way taller!) than my test cake. I have 3 cake layers of different heights ( 1"ish, 1.5, 1.5). If I trim the taller layers to 1 inch, that's an awful lot of wasted cake. I hate to waste cake, and we're all sick of cake pops.
I was thinking about halving the taller layers, making one 3-layer cake and one 2-layer cake. (Or baking another layer for another 3-layer cake.) I spent 14 hours baking yesterday, I'm exhausted and my brain can't think this through. I can't visualize it, so I'd like to hear from some more experienced bakers!
Use the layers as is. If you put the 1" layer in the middle of the higher layers, it will look fine.
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Thanks, guys! I had the feeling that I was thinking too hard about this, but I couldn't visualize it in my head. (Also, the size of the audience is making me super worried about screwing it up!)