I have a big cake I need to bake 14" round biggest I've ever done and I'm wanting to make it as easy as possible to torte and fill. Can I bake the cake in 1 inch layers instead of the normal 2 my pans do? If so how would I go about doing that?
You can do that, but just watch the cake closely because it's going to bake a lot faster than you think it will. Just fill the pans less than you normally would and level the layers off at 1" after they cool down.
I forgot to add that you can use a large cookie sheet (that doesn't have the sides on it) to move the layers around while you're assembling the tier.
I'd also use a flower nail in the center as a heating core
Bake Even Strips and Flower Nail on larger cakes --Photo tutorial
I bake my layers separately all the time. I use a digital scale to weigh each pan with the batter in it. That way I get nice and even layers all the time.
@Rohini~~~Doh.... feel like a dork. Of course! Weigh amount in each pan. Thanks for the reminder. I am so lazy about "eyeballing" the amount in each pan, I forget that I now own a wonderful digital scale (received as a surprise gift from a cake friend). The digital scale is under $15 and worth every penny.