Thursday, November 18, 2010

How Big is Too Big??

I've been practicing make double layered cakes but this idea makes a 2 layered cake look like a baby. I think I'm going to try this the 14 layer cake found at the Bakerella, what do you think? Bakerella says to use aluminum pans so that you can cook a few layers at a time and you don't have to spend so much time cleaning the pans.  Here is the recipe and a few pictures to show you how it's done.
 It kind of reminds me of a huge pile of pancakes.
That is soooo much frosting, good thing I like frosting!
This might just be worth all the work!  

14 Layer Cake
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
  •  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature
  •  2 1/2 cups sugar
  •  6 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , preferably Dutch process
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut up
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 375°. Lightly butter four 8 1/2- to 9-inch cake pans (you will bake the cakes in three batches) and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. Flour the pans and tap out the excess.

To make the layers, sift together the sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the mixture one more time, and set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade on high speed until light in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and be sure the mixture is well-blended. On low speed, add the flour in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Using a scant cup for each layer, spread the batter evenly in the pans. It will make a thin layer.

Staggering the pans on the racks so they are at least 2 inches from each other and the sides of the oven and not directly over each other, bake the layers until they feel firm when pressed in the centers and are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pans, about 12 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert the layers onto cake racks, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely. Wash and prepare the pans. Repeat the procedure until all 12 layers have been baked and cooled.

To make the icing, bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and evaporated milk to a full boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the icing has thickened slightly (it will resemble chocolate syrup but will thicken as it cools), about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Let the icing cool until thick enough to spread, but still pourable.

Place a layer of cake on a wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan. Spread with a few tablespoons of the icing, letting the excess run down the sides. Stack the remaining cakes, icing each layer. Pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake. If you wish, smooth the icing on the edges to cover the sides. Place pecan halves around the top perimeter of the cake. Let stand until the glaze sets. (The cake is best served the day it is made. To store, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
  • 1 box (1 lb) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsp milk
Cream the butter and cream cheese with a mixer.  Add the cocoa and vanilla.  Add the confectioner’s sugar in small batches and blend on low until combined. Scrape down sides with each addition.
Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency you desire.


  1. I heart Bakerella! I've seen that post of hers with that cake. CRAZY! If you try it, let me know!

  2. Thanks for finding my blog and the follow! I am following you back now :) This cake looks TDF -how did it turn out? Your bio could describe alot of me, I am excited to get to "know" you through blog land - LOL :)

  3. That is wonderful - I am imagining alternating raspberry jam in the layers. Oh, sorry, Heidi, this is Aunt Cathy cause my teacher mode is on right now.