How bake a 3 layer cake
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I want to bake a 3 layer cake for a friend's baby shower. What techniques are out there to make the perfect 3 layer cake and homemade frosting?
There are steps you need to follow in baking a 3-layer cake and they are as follows:
The first thing you need to do is prep your cake pans. Nothing stops a layer cake in its tracks like layers that stick or break apart as you remove them from the pan. Here are 2 steps to prepare your cake pans to make sure the cake comes out perfectly every time.
1) Use parchment paper
The most important preparation you can make when baking a cake is to line the pan(s) with parchment paper. This ensures that the bottom of the cake will not stick to the pan and that it will all come out in one piece. I never bake a cake without parchment paper! You can trace and cut full sheets of parchment paper to fit your cake pans, or you purchase rounds of parchment paper.
2) Grease with butter + flour OR nonstick baking spray
Creating a barrier between your cake batter and pans ensures nothing sticks as it bakes. You can either coat parchment paper-lined cake pans with a layer of butter (or margarine or shortening) and then dust with flour to create a barrier, or you can use a nonstick spray. Bakers Joy is a cheap option that you can find at almost any grocery store, but you can also find more heavy-duty products at restaurants or baking supply stores, or online.
You can look for more help plus step-by-step photos. See the complete guide on how to keep the cake from sticking to the pan.
Baking a three-layer cake for a special occasion like a baby shower is a great idea! Here's a simple recipe to get you started:
2 and 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the three prepared cake pans.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean.
Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans and letting them cool completely on wire racks.
Once the cakes are cooled, you can frost and decorate them as desired. Consider using a simple buttercream frosting or a fruit-based filling.
For making homemade frosting, here are some techniques to keep in mind:
Start with room temperature butter: Soft, room temperature butter will make it easier to beat and incorporate air into the frosting.
Gradually add powdered sugar: Gradually adding powdered sugar will help prevent the frosting from becoming too sweet or too thick.
Add flavorings as desired: Consider adding vanilla extract, cocoa powder, or other flavorings to the frosting to enhance the taste.
Chill the frosting: If the frosting becomes too soft to work with, chill it in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it firms up.
Frost the cake: Once the cakes are cooled, use an offset spatula or a cake scraper to spread the frosting evenly on each layer. Decorate the cake as desired.
With these techniques, you should be able to make a perfectly delicious three-layer cake and frosting. Happy baking!
Enjoy your cake baking! I hope your friend's baby shower is a huge success!
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