It's amazing what Martha can do with buttercream.
purple frosted berry layer cake
Credit: Mike Krautter

Did you know that September is the most popular month for birthdays? That means it's likely you'll be baking at least one cake this month, especially if you're the Martha of your friend group. Why not make it a showstopper? Martha's unveiling three incredible layer cakes on the new episode of "Martha Bakes": a triple-berry triple-decker decorated with buttercream swirls and rosettes, a strawberry cake that's frosted to look like a rose on the outside and tinted for an ombré effect on the inside, and a lemon mousse cake with a striking torched-meringue exterior. They're guaranteed to be a hit at any party, not just birthdays. Get an early look at the recipes below, and be sure to tune in this weekend.

overhead of purple frosted berry layer cake
Credit: Mike Krautter


When blueberries, blackberries, and black raspberries are in season, they deserve to be put on a pedestal, and there's no better way to do that than nestling them between swirls of Swiss meringue buttercream atop this eye-catching dessert.

Get the Berry Layer Cake Recipe
strawberry cake sliced with rose
Credit: Mike Krautter


Martha plays with two trends here: ombré, the gradation from light to dark, and millennial pink, everyone's favorite shade of pink. Each slice of the five-layer cake is bursting with color.

Get the Ombré Strawberry Cake Recipe
lemon mousse cake with raspberries
Credit: Mike Krautter


A light vanilla cake is teamed with a bright, citrusy filling and a blanket of meringue in this alluring dessert. The marshmallow-like exterior is toasted with a kitchen torch and crowned with raspberries just before serving.

Get the Lemon Mousse Cake Recipe

"Martha Bakes" season 10 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

Watch Martha frost the berry layer cake on "Late Night with Seth Meyers":


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