Can you see the layers in this Strawberry Layer Cake? Look closely, they are there. The other night, our family was flipping the channels on the television (all 9 channels we get) and a British baking show was on PBS. We enjoy baking shows, okay, I enjoy baking shows, and my family humors me. It was a baking competition where the contestants bake and bake and bake to see who is the best baker.
One of the items they had to bake was this layer cake. It was a simple cake with 20 layers. I knew I wanted to try making this cake, my style. It looked fun to make and I was curious how it would taste. My family, who was sticking with me through the program, completely agreed and was appreciating the baking show at that point. 😉
They made their cake from scratch, however, I am a box cake type of girl so I use the cake mix I got on sale not too long ago. Yes, I am sure made from scratch cake is delightfully yummy, but I like the simplicity of a box cake mix.
The whole point of this cake is to (and British readers, please forgive this loose interpretation) spread a thin layer of cake batter on the springform pan and bake at a high temperature. Each layer only takes a few minutes and you are supposed to do one dark layer and one light layer. (Meaning one layer cooks slightly longer than the other.) You also cook it under the broiler. As I said loose interpretation, I decided to bake the cake in a 400* oven instead. I didn’t really achieve the visible layers because of it, and because I was talking on the phone during layers 5-8, but if you look closely, you can see them.
I also think it would be a great addition to make a layer of strawberry and another flavor of cake and alternate between the two. It would be a very pretty cake.
This Strawberry Layer Cake was soft and firm at the same time. It had a different texture than a normal cake. The family verdict? Loved it! Though a few family members (not mentioning any names, ahem) said nice try, keep working on the layers. I appreciate their encouragement. 😉 Please don’t think their criticism of the layers prevented them from eating the cake. I assure you, it didn’t. 🙂
- 1 box strawberry cake mix
- ingredients listed on the back of the box
- 4 T butter
- 2 T water
- powdered sugar
- Mix cake mix according to package directions.
- Set aside.
- Grease 9 in springform pan and heat oven to 400*.
- Scoop ½ cup cake batter on the bottom of pan and spreading to a thin layer.
- Place pan in oven for 4-5 minutes or until cake is firm.
- Repeat with other layers, cooking every other layer 5-6 minutes to achieve light/dark effect.
- Repeat until all batter is used. NOTE I did not get all 20 layers out of 1 box mix.
- After final layer, let cool for 10 minutes on counter.
- Loosen sides and and flip onto baking rack.
- Melt water and butter together in a medium bowl.
- Whisk in 1 cup of powdered sugar.
- Add more powdered sugar until is reaches desired consistency. I used almost two cups.
- Pour over completely cooled cake.