21 Gorgeous Layer Cake Recipes for Every Occasion
Some occasions just call for a cake. If you're looking for a delicious, impressive recipe, you're in luck: Here we're sharing 20 of our most flavorful layer cake recipes that will take you through every season and holiday of the year. Layer cakes are fan-favorites because they're so versatile. Take a base like Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting, for example—it's basic on the outside, but each bite is extraordinarily moist and sweet. Top if off with any color icing or sprinkles you want, depending on the event, and you've got something truly special.
To transport your guests to cloud nine, try one of our light-as-air cakes. At the peak of strawberry season, there's simply nothing more enjoyable than Chiffon Cake with Strawberries and Cream. If you love strawberry shortcake or a bowl of berries and cream, then trust us when we say that this cake was made for you. Another recipe guaranteed to make it to the winner's circle? Our next-level Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream. It's sure to make jaws drop with its stunning looks.
Ice cream cakes are also a type of layer cake that always draws applause from kids, both old and young. We have two very special recipes—our Seven-Layer Ice Cream Cake, in particular, is attention-grabbing and will certainly live up to the hype. Choose a selection of berry ice cream flavors and add-ins for a patriotic dessert to serve all summer long. Two additional summertime favorites include a decadent Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Cake and the Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake that's pictured here.
Whether you keep it simple and classic with a Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting or go all out by making our Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake, everyone will want a slice of these layer cake recipes.
Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting
Brown-Sugar Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Slices will be in high demand for this one! The key to the rich, molasses flavor in this cake is, you guessed it, brown sugar. In addition to brown sugar, sour cream also works wonders to create a moist cake that is delicious paired with the sweet caramel frosting.
Chiffon Cake with Strawberries and Cream
7-Layer Ice Cream Cake
We're declaring this the ultimate summer dessert. Homemade or store-bought pound cake holds up layer upon layer of raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and chopped chocolate wafer cookies. The best part is you can customize it with any flavors that you fancy.
Maple-Walnut Cake with Brown-Sugar Frosting
Looking for a departure from pie in the fall? This nutty cake should do the trick. Toasting the walnuts before chopping and mixing them into the batter brings out their flavor (plus, they'll make your whole kitchen smell wonderful).
Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake
Three-Tier Candied-Pecan Cake with Brown-Butter Pears
Resist the urge to snack on the homemade sweet and spicy candied pecans—they're for the cake batter (though no one will notice if a few are missing, right?). The icing on the cake (literally) is a bourbon whipped cream, which has plenty of holiday spirit.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Citrus Mousse Cake with Buttercream Frosting
This gorgeous, springtime cake is worthy of being placed in a museum (but surely you'd rather eat it). Lemon and lime are paired together to create a bright mousse filling, but feel free to swap in orange or grapefruit juice.
Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting
Is this not the prettiest carrot cake ever? And you don't need to be a professional baker to create the ruffles—our rich, thick buttercream recipe and a proper pastry tip will guide you as you create the frosting of your dreams.
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream
Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake
This fruity, moist cake has plenty of texture thanks to fresh bananas, pineapple, and pecans. Hummingbird cakes are a staple in the South and now we know why (they're really, really good).
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Spiced Frosting
Banana Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting
We love how something as simple as bananas can be turned into such a spectacular cake. The inclusion of dark chocolate makes it that much more heavenly.
Pistachio Layer Cake
The Ultimate Devil's Food Cake
Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Cake
Here's a riff on an old-fashioned parfait. Layers of fudgy brownies are topped with crunchy peanut butter, raspberries, whipped cream, and two flavors of ice cream (we chose vanilla and strawberry but feel free to use your personal favorites).
This cake is just as light and airy as it is totally unique. Delicate meringue layers take the place of traditional cake; nestled between them is a sweet vanilla cream studded with chopped homemade caramel.
Yule-Log Layer Cake
Try this festive layered cake as a creative alternative to the traditional bûche de Noël (no jelly roll pan needed!). Both the cake and frosting include a warm, flavorful combination of roasted chestnuts and golden rum. And those raspberry mushrooms are the cutest finishing touch.