New Baking Method for three step wedding cake

This tutorial will show you how to bake and decorate a round, 3-tier wedding cake, featuring a 10-inch bottom tier, an 8-inch middle tier, and a 6-inch top tier. 
Each tier consists of two layers, which means you'll need to bake two 6-inch cakes, two 8-inch cakes, and two 10-inch cakes. Try to find pans that are three inches deep. The cakes themselves will be two inches, but the extra room helps prevent overflow.
Here's what you'll need:
  • Round cake pans (6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch)
  • Rotating cake turntable
  • Cardboard or foam core cake rounds (6-inch and 8-inch)
  • 12-inch cake drum (for the bottom tier)
  • 14-inch serrated cake knife
  • Flat offset spatula
  • Cake dowels
  • Pastry bag with tips
  • Cake smoother/scraper 
    Stand mixer


    To make this wedding cake you'll need 24 cups of cake batter: 4 cups for the top tier, 7 to 8 cups for the middle tier, and 12 cups for the bottom tier. Remember, each tier consists of two layers.

    This fluffy homemade vanilla cake recipe is formulated to make exactly 4 cups of batter, so it's just right for making the top tier. To make the middle tier just double the recipe, and for the bottom tier make sure to triple it.
    Likewise, you'll need between 12 and 18 cups of buttercream frosting. This basic buttercream frosting recipe makes 6 cups, so simply triple it to make the appropriate amount.
    Finally, if you're planning to split the layers and fill them, you'll need about 5 cups of your chosen filling. Possibilities include jam or preserves, lemon curd, chocolate mousse, vanilla custard, Bavarian cream, whipped cream, or pastry cream.
    To prepare the pans, spray them with cooking spray, then cut a wax paper round to fit the bottom, insert it into the bottom of the pan, and respray. This might seem like overkill, but it will ensure the cakes don't stick.
    Baking times at 350 F will increase with the size of the layers:
    • 6-inch cakes: 25 to 30 minutes
    • 8-inch cakes: 35 to 40 minutes
    • 10-inch cakes: 55 to 60 minutes
    Remember, these are just guidelines. Depending on the type of oven and how old the oven is, it may run 50 degrees hotter or colder than the true 350 F, which will affect the length of time that the cakes will need to bake. To ensure that your oven is truly at 350 F, use an oven thermometer.
    Once your oven is set and your cakes are baking, the next step is to test for doneness. When they're done, a toothpick inserted in the center will come out dry, the cakes will appear golden brown, their edges will pull away from the sides of the pans, and they will spring back from your touch. It's especially important that the 10-inch layers spring back.
    Let them cool for 10 minutes, then loosen with a knife and turn out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
    Baking cakes in advance and freezing them saves time and helps break the overall task into smaller, more manageable steps.
    Once cooled, wrap the cakes tightly in plastic and transfer them to the freezer for up to a week. 
    Working with frozen layers is easier. They won't crumble as much, and the crumb coat will go on more easily.
    Note that it's best to freeze the cakes before you level them. Likewise, if you're planning to split the layers to fill them, wait until after you take them out of the freezer. For one thing, you'll save the trouble of having to wrap extra layers. But more importantly, less exposure to air will keep the cake fresher. Just make sure you have enough room in your freezer. 
    You can also make buttercream in advance. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it'll keep for up to a week.
    The tops of the layers should be completely flat so that when you stack them, they don't lean or wobble. A lo
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    How to Bake and Decorate a 3-Tier Wedding Cake

    • Tools that you will need

      Cake utencils
       The Spruce / Leah Maroney
      This tutorial will show you how to bake and decorate a round, 3-tier wedding cake, featuring a 10-inch bottom tier, an 8-inch middle tier, and a 6-inch top tier. 
      Each tier consists of two layers, which means you'll need to bake two 6-inch cakes, two 8-inch cakes, and two 10-inch cakes. Try to find pans that are three inches deep. The cakes themselves will be two inches, but the extra room helps prevent overflow.
      Here's what you'll need:
      • Round cake pans (6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch)
      • Rotating cake turntable
      • Cardboard or foam core cake rounds (6-inch and 8-inch)
      • 12-inch cake drum (for the bottom tier)
      • 14-inch serrated cake knife
      • Flat offset spatula
      • Cake dowels
      • Pastry bag with tips
      • Cake smoother/scraper 
      • Stand mixer
      • Plywood (for transporting cake)
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      Wedding Cake and Filling Recipes



      Wedding cake filling
       The Spruce / Leah Maroney
      To make this wedding cake you'll need 24 cups of cake batter: 4 cups for the top tier, 7 to 8 cups for the middle tier, and 12 cups for the bottom tier. Remember, each tier consists of two layers.
      This fluffy homemade vanilla cake recipe is formulated to make exactly 4 cups of batter, so it's just right for making the top tier. To make the middle tier just double the recipe, and for the bottom tier make sure to triple it.
      Likewise, you'll need between 12 and 18 cups of buttercream frosting. This basic buttercream frosting recipe makes 6 cups, so simply triple it to make the appropriate amount.
      Finally, if you're planning to split the layers and fill them, you'll need about 5 cups of your chosen filling. Possibilities include jam or preserves, lemon curd, chocolate mousse, vanilla custard, Bavarian cream, whipped cream, or pastry cream.
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      Baking the Cakes



      Baking the Cakes
       
      To prepare the pans, spray them with cooking spray, then cut a wax paper round to fit the bottom, insert it into the bottom of the pan, and respray. This might seem like overkill, but it will ensure the cakes don't stick.
      Baking times at 350 F will increase with the size of the layers:
      • 6-inch cakes: 25 to 30 minutes
      • 8-inch cakes: 35 to 40 minutes
      • 10-inch cakes: 55 to 60 minutes
      Remember, these are just guidelines. Depending on the type of oven and how old the oven is, it may run 50 degrees hotter or colder than the true 350 F, which will affect the length of time that the cakes will need to bake. To ensure that your oven is truly at 350 F, use an oven thermometer.
      Once your oven is set and your cakes are baking, the next step is to test for doneness. When they're done, a toothpick inserted in the center will come out dry, the cakes will appear golden brown, their edges will pull away from the sides of the pans, and they will spring back from your touch. It's especially important that the 10-inch layers spring back.
      Let them cool for 10 minutes, then loosen with a knife and turn out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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      Baking Cakes in Advance



      Wedding cakes
       The Spruce / Leah Maroney
      Baking cakes in advance and freezing them saves time and helps break the overall task into smaller, more manageable steps.
      Once cooled, wrap the cakes tightly in plastic and transfer them to the freezer for up to a week. 
      Working with frozen layers is easier. They won't crumble as much, and the crumb coat will go on more easily.
      Note that it's best to freeze the cakes before you level them. Likewise, if you're planning to split the layers to fill them, wait until after you take them out of the freezer. For one thing, you'll save the trouble of having to wrap extra layers. But more importantly, less exposure to air will keep the cake fresher. Just make sure you have enough room in your freezer. 
      You can also make buttercream in advance. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it'll keep for up to a week.
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      Leveling a Cake



      Wedding cakes
      The tops of the layers should be completely flat so that when you stack them, they don't lean or wobble. A long (14-inch) serrated cake knife works best, especially when you get to the 10-inch layer. (It's just easier if the blade of your knife is longer than the diameter of your cake.) 
      Keep the blade level while rotating the cake on the turntable. Use a sawing motion rather than trying to push the blade through the cake, which can cause the cake to tear. You only have to do the tops—but you do need to do all six layers. (You can eat the parts you cut off!)
      When you assemble the tiers, flip the cakes so the bottoms are facing upward. The straight edge of the cake pan assures that the tops of each tier will be flat. This goes especially for the top tier.
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      Splitting a Cake



      Wedding cakes
      When you reassemble, the cut sides should go together. For extra precision, you can cut a notch in the side of the cake before you split it, and use that notch to help you line up the two halves again afterward.
    • The next step is to frost the cake. Start with a crumb coat. This light, initial coat of frosting acts as a base coat, latching onto crumbs that form when you first apply frosting to a cake, ensuring that the final coat will be neat and crumb-free. Chill the cake for 30 minutes, so that the crumb coat sets, before applying the final coat of frosting. 
      If you're filling your cake, you need to do this before applying the crumb coat. To start, spoon a dollop of frosting onto the bottom of the cake board to act as glue. Place the bottom layer down on top of the cake board and pipe a buttercream dam around the perimeter of the top layer. This will help to keep the filling from leaking out. 
      If you're not filling your cake, simply apply a layer of buttercream to the bottom layer, spread it around, then place the top layer on top. Remember to position it with the bottom of the cake facing up for that flat edge.
      Now apply the crumb coat, then chill for 15 to 30 minutes. Don't go longer than that. If your cake gets too cold, condensation will form and the second frosting layer won't adhere well.


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