There is seemingly no end to the occasions where serving cake is appropriate. Holidays and birthdays – as a dessert after a family meal. Even if you’re not a gourmet chef your family will never get tired of cake. That’s because you’ll be able to make a zillion different types, each one resembling an expensive version from a bakery, with ease! When you follow a simple technique for making assorted cakes there will be no limits to the varieties you can create.
A cake with more than two layers is always impressive. Make two three-layered cakes and you’ll wow them every time! Choose any cake mix you want but make two boxes instead of one. (You don’t absolutely have to make a 3-layered cake; follow the same instructions below to make a two-layered, gourmet cake) Oil and flour three round cake pans instead of the usual two pans. Fill the pans half-full then bake as you normally would.
Place the first cooled cake on the chosen platter then decide on the toppings you want to add. Say the flavor you’ve chosen for the cake mix is chocolate. Pour caramel syrup over the cake, set the next cake on top, pour the caramel over it, and if you’re doing a third layer, add the final cake. Pour caramel over the entire cake now and top with shaved chocolate, nuts or even marshmallows.
There are literally hundreds of combinations you can make when you simply mix the selected cake flavor with a variety of toppings. For the chocolate cake mentioned above, forget the caramel, and go with cherries. Canned cherry pie filling can be poured over each layer then topped with whipped cream. Put whipped cream between each layer or just put some on the top cake. Add a spoonful of the cherries in the center of the top to garnish.
Make a banana pudding cake by simply spreading banana-flavored pudding across the top of each cake. Slice bananas and put them on the pudding or omit the bananas and just use the pudding. Top with whipped cream and bananas or even graham cracker crumbs.
A list of things you can use to layer the ordinary cakes include small candy pieces, crushed vanilla wafers or other cookies, any flavor of pudding, pineapple, apple or other pie filling, candy sprinkles, jelly or preserves, fudge pieces, chocolate chips, nuts and more. Toppings for the finished cake can include whipped cream, chocolate or other flavors of ice cream toppings, or frosting.
There is no reason why you’ll ever have to fix the same cake twice when you use this simple technique for making stacked, gourmet cakes. They don’t necessarily have to be round, though. Stack square cakes to create even more variety!