Is there a better time to make a layered cake than for a party, pot-luck, or other large gathering? These stacked sweets can feed the masses and have a stunning effect when presented to party-goers. What the desserts do not have to be is difficult; whether you want to go semi-homemade or take your baking to a height worthy of your cake’s stature by making it from scratch, we’ve discovered the eight recipes you need to have. Now all you need is an occasion to make one of these beauties.
1. Strawberry Shortcake
Real Simple is indeed keeping it simple with a recipe for a layer cake that utilizes a box mix and dresses it up with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Any fresh fruit will be phenomenal with this simple cake, so make the most of what happens to be in season and available if you do not want to use strawberries.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
- 3 pints strawberries, stemmed and sliced
- 3 cups heavy cream
Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil along with the amount of water called for by the package directions. Beat until well-combined. Divide the batter between the pans. Place in oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let the cakes cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the pans. Cool completely before assembling the shortcake.
Meanwhile, sprinkle ½ cup of the sugar over the strawberries. Set aside at room temperature until the berries release their juices, about 30 minutes. About 15 minutes before serving, combine the cream and the remaining sugar in a medium bowl, and whip by hand or with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Place one of the cake layers on a serving platter. Pile on half the strawberries and half the whipped cream. Top with the remaining layer, the rest of the whipped cream, and the remaining strawberries. Serve immediately.