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Best ever layer cake recipes

Our 13 best ever layer cake recipes are towers of light and fluffy sponges filled with buttercream, icing, mascarpone or chocolate… so indulgent and such a baking treat

Try our best layer cake recipes. Whether it’s three layer cake or seven layer cake, our easy ideas make the perfect show stoppers. Choose between coffee cake, caramel cake and indulgent chocolate cake.

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Brush up your cake icing skills with our buttercream fillings and creamy frosting step-by-step recipes.

Make one of our layer cakes for a birthday cake (we have some more recipes here) or an afternoon tea treat.


Coffee cake with pecan brittle

Classic coffee cake is one of our all-time favourite afternoon treats. In this recipe, we’ve given it a modern twist to include deliciously crunchy pecan brittle.


Sloe gin layer cake

The best use of sloe gin. Team with plums and make a layer cake with wow factor. It’s sure to impress your friends, and best of all it’s an easy recipe too.


passion fruit layer cake

An easy-to-make springy sponge cake layered with the tangy, fresh-tasting sweetness of a passion fruit icing. This cake would make a lovely afternoon tea treat.


Triple chocolate caramel cake

This chocolate caramel cake is what’s known as an ‘ombre’ cake; each layer has a different shade with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel flavours.


Lemon curd layer cake

A showstopping, lemony sponge cake with a delicious curd icing and beautiful edible crystallised violets and primroses from eatmyflowers.co.uk.


Best ever chocolate layer cake

We have the recipe for the best ever chocolate layer cake and it’s easier than you would expect. Simply make the chocolate cake mixture, divide into four, and sandwich together with shiny chocolate icing. From our April 2011 issue.


Carrot cake with maple frosting

How do you improve on a classic carrot cake? Roast the carrots for an even denser, richer cake, then slather in maple buttercream. This is a modern twist on a favourite that really elevates it to the next level.


Lemon and white chocolate layer loaf

Who doesn’t like lemon drizzle? This recipe for lemon and white chocolate layer loaf is a smarter, newer version with the drizzle hidden within it, plus extra icing. Lovely.


Basic sponge cake

To make this basic sponge chocolate flavoured, add cocoa powder to the flour. To make a lemon cake add lemon zest and to make a coffee cake add coffee granules mixed with a little water.


Layer cakes with strawberry buttercream

These individual layer cakes with strawberry buttercream look fantastic and are the perfect summer treat for when strawberries are at their best. Use a kick of liqueur to make them even more special.


Maple and pecan cake

An indulgent sweet cake ready for the senses.  A fine dessert with pecan and maple, topped with mascarpone for indulgence and orange zest for decoration.


Walnut layer cake

This walnut layer cake is a dry-textured sweet cake with a satisfyingly nutty flavour. The meringue frosting adds a showstopping layer to the classic bake. Walnut cake is ideal for afternoon tea, as a celebration cake, or simply to enjoy as a snack with a cup of tea, plus it’s really easy to make.


Peanut butter layer cake

This peanut butter layer cake is a little effort but looks stunning and will satisfy the fussiest peanut butter fiends

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