Ten layer cakes you need to try

Karen Burns-Booth

Home bakers everywhere know that layer cakes are at the top of the cake foodchain. Follow our guide for the ten most indulgent homemade cakes 

1. “Smorgastarta” (Swedish Savoury Sandwich Gateau)

I’m starting this list of layer cakes with a savoury cake, yes; this is a fabulous idea for a picnic, a sandwich cake, decorated with "tomato roses" to add an air of elegance, along with sliced egg, cucumber and chopped chives.

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2. Triple Layer Marble Nutella Bundt Cake

A delectable combination of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake, baked Bundt style, with layers of Nutella and whipped cream filling – this cake is bound to be a hit on the family tea time table!

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3. Chocolate, Lavender and Cherry Cake

This is a beauty of a cake! This three tiered cake is made with a chocolate Madeira sponge cake, which is then filled with cherry jam and buttercream, and is decorated with edible lavender to finish.

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4. Genoise Sponge Cake with Berries

A towering multi-layered light as a feather Genoise Sponge Cake with Berries, this cake is filled with Chantilly cream and a selection of fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and red and black currants!

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5. Fourteen-Layer Lemon, Pistachio & Rose Cake

A magnificent batter style cake, with fourteen layers! This cake is an exotic combination of lemon marmalade, pistachios and rosewater, which makes for a very Middle Eastern flavour.  

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6. Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake

Whipped white chocolate ganache was used to fill and top this delectable cake, along with lemon Chantilly cream; there’s also plenty of lemon zest and some lime zest curls used for decoration, which makes the cake look fabulous!

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7. Kale and Apple Cake with Apple Icing

This Kale and Apple Cake with Apple Icing is a moist and fluffy layer cake that's naturally green! You can't taste the kale, but it leaves a vibrant green colour and some goodness behind. It tastes like apple cake and has a zingy apple frosting.

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8. Coca-Cola Layer Cake

This is one of the retro cakes famous in the 1980’s when mums used to cook from magazines. The texture is semi-dense with a subtle hint of cola. The frosting is one of the simplest you can whip up and adds an interesting touch.

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9. Swedish Midsummer Layer-Cake

This stunning Midsummer layer cake recipe is the perfect way to celebrate seasonal berries, perfect for a picnic or summer celebration. Known as Gräddtårta med Jordgubbar in its native Sweden, this cake is traditionally baked to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve, but you can make it anytime of the year of course!

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10. Jelly Tots Chocolate Cake

Here’s a cake for the kiddies! A rich, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing, which is topped with Jelly Tots sweeties; this would make a great birthday cake for the little ones, as well as the “big children” too!

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Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance recipe developer, food and travel writer and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers. She writes for her own blog Lavender and Lovage.

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