Who doesn’t like chocolate Cake, especially when its homemade, and has rich layers of creamy chocolate butter-cream frosting, and a moist dark chocolate cake center that melts in your mouth! Its no wonder that Layered Chocolate Cake still remains to be at the top of the Perfect Birthday Cake list! Inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s Layered Birthday Cake in her prestigious cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours, I wanted to try a hand at homemade birthday cake, albeit, given the chocolate lovers in my house, it was an easy decision to make. This delicious piece of cake that you see above is an adaptation of Dorie’s recipe, along with useful tips from the King Arthur Flour website (images courtesy of KAFblog.com), and though it sounds like a lot of work, it really needs just a little bit of planning, and an allotted time so you can bake the best birthday cake ever!
So what’s the secret behind baking a perfect layered cake? Well, there are just a few tricks that will help you master the art of baking layered cakes. They did prove to be extremely helpful to me, so I’m sure you’d love to keep them in your stride too!
Tips For Baking Perfect Layered Cake
1. Bake the cake at a lower temperature (usually 300 instead of 350) for a longer period of time, so the cake does not puff up too much in the middles, stays flatter, thereby giving even layers.
2. Use a large & wide serrated knife to trim the top and sides of the cake, a process called leveling in layered cakes. This assures smooth cuts and fewer cake crumbles.
3. Always use a cake board to assemble and frost your layered cakes. It is the best and most convenient way to transport the cake in and out of the refrigerator while you frost the layers, and well as the final icing. It is advisable to cover the cake board with wax paper so you don’t make it a mess when you decorate your cake.
4. Apply a thin layer of frosting known as the base coat or crumb coat, which glues the crumbs into the cake after you have leveled the layers. When all crumbs have been evenly covered, pop the cake into the fridge for 20 minutes, then remove and proceed with a regular thick layer of frosting.
5. Always use correct consistency of icing as mentioned in your recipe, to frost the cake. When in doubt, try to chill your icing, it helps in creating even layers and cleaner frosting.
There, with the above tips coming to your rescue, plus a little video below to demonstrate how its done in action, you just have to follow the recipe outlined below to a tee, and you’ll be on your way in baking perfect layer cakes for all occasions. And don’t worry if it doesn’t look professional enough – remember, a little it of tardiness goes a long way in saying that you baked it yourself, and that’s what makes it more cherishable for your loved ones!
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