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Cake for Dummies: How to Create an Attractive Layer Cake

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Photographed: THE Mocha Crunch Cake

A layer cake is just about the prettiest dessert there is, don’t you think?  Stacked high and impressive with a smooth buttercream finish and a few embellishments, a layer cake, properly done, is almost enough to take one’s breath away.

I am passionate about cake and I believe there should be at least one person in every family who can create an attractive cake, with or without decorating skills.  Cake is used to celebrate so many special occasions, and unfortunately many of those celebratory cakes come from Walmart or other sub-par bakeries. Making your own cake is not only more economical than purchasing one, but it tastes better, and is more special.  The cake you create will be remembered (not to mention crazy delicious), whereas that nasty Walmart cake will be forgotten within five minutes, even if it did have your child’s favorite cartoon character on it.

Therefore, I’m embarking upon a quest to give anyone interested the tools they need to create an attractive layer cake at home.  My husband recorded me while I constructed a cake for a friend last month, and I used the footage to create a four-part video tutorial series which I will share every day through Friday.  (Thankful Thursdays will be cancelled this week so I can get this series done, but will resume next week.)

You don’t need any sort of decorating skills to create a gorgeous layer cake, you only need a little know-how.  I promise.  You can do this.  Let’s get started!

Click here to find out more about Magi-Cake Strips.

Click here for the Miracle Pan Release recipe.

Cake shown at the beginning: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake

I hope you enjoyed this and maybe learned a trick or two.  I’ll see you back tomorrow with the next video in the series: levelling!

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

13 responses »

  1. Yay! Cakin’ Class! I’m glad you like your apron!! :)

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  2. I have never heard of spraying water onto the cakes! Will definitely try this.
    Looking forward to the next videos :)

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  3. Thankfully that “one person in every family who can create an attractive cake” is my sister Erica. Phew! Looks like I’m off the hook. =)

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  4. That water tip is pretty cool. I really only baked a cake once a year for Derek’s birthday and they were always crooked, so I guess that one person is not me. I do though, want to learn from these videos :)

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  5. I LOVED watching this Veronica! I can’t wait for the next installment! What a cool trick with the water! Absolutely agree with you on the canned frosting.

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  6. I am so terrible at baking, I may need to watch this several times :)

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  8. Veronica, this is PERFECT timing, I’m making a special cake this week and will definitely use some of these wonderful tips! Thank you SO much! :)

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  9. Can you believe my husband doesn’t like cake! His birthday is this week and I tried to convince him he needed a cake. He said he wants a pie. LOL.

    Great video Veronica! What a fun idea to do a video series. Love the water tip. I will try that. Looking forward to part 2!

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  10. Veronica, I had bookmarked these but hadn’t had the time to start watching them till today. It’s so fun to see you in person, I feel like I know you better now – you are so ……… pretty and sweet! And I’m learning so much – you have a lot of great tips. I had one question about your cake – is this one a cake mix? Your cakes look so nice and tall, it seems like mine are often flatter. If this is a cake mix, is it just one package for both layers? Just want to make sure I get this right! :) Thanks for doing these – they’re great!

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  11. This is marvelous!!! I have to come back to watch some more of your layer cake videos!!! Thanks!

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