Best layer cake recipes
Try our tiered towers of light and fluffy sponges filled with buttercream, icing, mascarpone or chocolate, ideal for a special occasion
Whether it's a three-layer cake or seven-layer cake, our easy ideas make the perfect showstoppers. Choose between coffee cake, caramel cake and indulgent chocolate cake. We have also include some recipes for ‘ombre’ cakes; each layer has a different shade for dramatic effect when cut open. For evenly-sized layers every time, read our best springform cake tins review. Brush up your cake icing skills with our buttercream fillings and creamy frosting step-by-step recipes.
Best layer cake recipes
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.
A showstopping, lemony sponge cake with a delicious lemon curd icing and beautiful edible crystallised violets and primroses.
A real showstopper of a cake, this three-tiered boozy beauty layers dark chocolate and Baileys sponge with a creamy Baileys buttercream for the ultimate indulgent dessert.
An autumnal twist on a Victoria sponge, this salted maple, pecan and poached pear cake is impressive yet simple to make.
This peanut butter layer cake is a little effort but looks stunning and will satisfy the fussiest peanut butter fiends.
This is a festive spin on a classic victoria sponge – instead of jam and cream it is layered with a homemade clementine curd (you can use shop-bought if you prefer) and a champagne-spiked cream.
Check out our impressive Russian cake recipe with moreish burnt-honey icing. This multi-tiered cake takes a bit of effort to make but it's the perfect cake to show off to friends and family for any special occasion.
This deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort. The butterscotch buttercream layers make the most indulgent finish.
If you love veggie cakes then this is the layer cake for you! Our super moist and moreish courgette cake is packed with fluffy cream cheese icing and topped with crunchy coconut chips for a modern take on the British classic carrot cake.
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Inspired by the dirty chai (a masala chai latte with a shot of espresso), this showstopping cake boasts layers of chai ganache and chocolate ombre sponge.
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.
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.
This layer cake is what’s known as an ‘ombre’ cake; each layer has a different shade with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel flavours.
How do you improve on a classic carrot cake? Roast the carrots for an even denser, richer cake, then slather in maple buttercream and layer up! This is a modern twist on a favourite that really elevates it to the next level.
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.