Simple Three Layer Cake Recipe

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You’ve been asked to bring a cake, or make a cake for a party and really want it to wow. Yes, you could make decadent chocolate cake pops, or intricate soufflé, or you could go for something which is relatively simple but is equally as amazing.

I always find adding another layer to any cake makes it more spectacular, because the bigger the cake the more impressive. This recipe is light and not overtly sweet, perfect for any occasion.

Simple Three Layer Cake Recipe


  • 400g Caster Sugar
  • 400g Butter
  • 8 Eggs
  • 400g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons of Milk


  • 140g Butter
  • 280g Icing Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk


  • Pink Designer Icing
  • Blue Designer Icing
  • Flower Fondant Icing Decorations
Credit: Emily Stoner
Credit: Emily Stoner


  1. Preheat fan oven to 170c. Butter three 8inch cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl beat the butter and the sugar together thoroughly. Beat in the eggs one by one making sure the mixture doesn’t curdle.
  3. Fold the flour and the baking powder into the mixture.
  4. Stir in the milk.
  5. Then divide the mixture into the three tins, equally distributing to make sure each layer is the same thickness.
  6. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. You know they are cooked when a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  8. To make the buttercream icing combine all the ingredients in a bowl, to thicken the mixture add more icing sugar to make it more runny add more milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  9. Use a piping bag or a sandwich bag to pipe the desired amount of icing between the layers, be sure to leave a 2cm gap between the icing and the edge of the cake because when the next layer is placed on top it will be pushed out the sides. When layering the cakes you may need some toothpicks to support the layers so that they don’t slide off of each other.
  10. Once you have your stack of cake it is time to ice the top. I like to use these ready made icing packs from Sainsbury’s. Using the star nozzle pipe small flower shapes all over the cake in alternate colours.
  11. To finish, I decorated with fondant roses but you can use whatever you’d like! Most fondant decorations like these, are available at your local supermarkets.


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