How to make a two-tiered cake in 8 easy steps

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

Over the years I had believed so much in the quality of two-layer cakes. I felt they make the world of cakes go around and no other seemed better. I would get magazines on pastry and feed my eyes with the glamorous pictures of really amazing cakes.

With time, my eyes opened to the pleasantness of 2 floor cakes, thanks to a friend of mine who is a professional baker and over time I discovered the beautiful artistry of not only 2 layer cake designs but also two-tiered cake designs. I became refreshed with brilliant two tiered cake ideas. Above all, I got to know that it doesn’t really take much to bake a simple two tier cake. These ideas, I’m happy to share with you.

How to Make a Two-tiered Cake

Two tiered cakes add that spectacular factor to the cake presenting it in a very unique and distinctive way and that makes the event more exciting. It is very true that someone layered cakes are simply incredible, but it is also an undeniable fact that it commands more attention from people.

Although the one-layer cupcakes are usually seen as items of refreshment for mainly kids, the 2 tier cakes for adults is a cake that doesn’t discriminate, friendly to the young and old.

Getting more interested in finding out about the amazing two-tier cakes?

I’m sure your answer to that question was affirmative. Let me begin by giving you useful tips on how to bake a lovely two-tiered wedding cake.

  • A board or smooth plane for the cake; This is something for the fully baked cake to be placed on. To ensure the finished cake is four inches smaller than the plane, meaning its total length should be sixteen inches around. Whatever board or plane you use must be extremely solid. This is pretty important.
  • A set of ten inches cardboard for cakes having six pieces altogether must be used to drape the top tier. Note that no cardboard is required for the bottom tier.
  • Plastic plate for cakes which must be the exact size and shape of the top tier. Columns too for the top tier must be added to the plates.
  • Spatula for the icing. You are advised to get a small spatula as it performs a better function than the bigger one as far as two-tiered cake icing is concerned. Please and please, actively discard the idea of using a knife in place of a spatula.
  • A round tip for the cake border, just around the bottom level of the cake.
  • Lastly, ensure you have a few pastry bags, disposable ones will do.

Having told you the necessary equipment needed to make your two-tiered cake, I shall now proceed to the following steps;

Step 1 – Bake Early

It is wise you bake the cake early, I suggest two or three days before the occasion. It will relieve you of the stress encountered in the process. For each tier of this cake, you will have to bake four cakes; two 10 inches and two 4 inches cakes.

Step 2: Remove the freshly baked cake from the oven while still in the pan

Then using a very clean and smooth piece of cloth, preferably a hand towel, drape it around the cake very well and press it down. The purpose of this is to have it leveled. If you notice that the cake is not well balanced on the pan and appears to be spilling over, then cut off that crunchy side. Its smoothness is required at this stage.

Using a long knife, cut across the top of the pan to make the cake more leveled, then check for moisture. If it is not as moist as you please, apply syrup on it.

Step 3: Wrap each cake transfer into the freezer.

Now you wrap each cake (while still hot) in a shiny wrap and transfer into the freezer. You should have four cakes by now and ensure you place them in a lying position in your freezer. Ensure that they lay totally flat on any of the shelves in the freezer. This is because the form they take when frozen and hard is the same form they will take when they begin to melt.

At this point, you should call it a day. It’s time to rest. Get some juice and drink. Turn on the TV and view some interesting programs. If you got a pool, then it’s time to pay it an interesting visit because the next day is going to be a long one for you.

Step 4 – Unfreeze

Immediately you get up from the bed, remove the cake from the freezer and place it on a clean surface to unfreeze. Please, the cakes should be left in their wraps as they melt at room temperature. This should take a few hours to happen.

Step 5 – Decorate your cake

Now, the time is right for you to decorate the cake. This is the most appropriate time for you to do so-exactly a day before the day of the event. It is advisable you decorate the cake in whatever fashion you please a day before the occasion in order for you to have enough time to put some finishing touches to other things.

Once set to decorate your cake, ensure your icing/frosting is ready. You will need sufficient cans of frosting to say about 12 to decorate both tiers except you only want to decorate the top tier with a particular color say red and leave the bottom in its white state, whereby you will require fewer cans of frosting.

Begin with the bottom tier first. Remove one cake from the wrap and place it on the middle of your cake board. Move your fingers around the top of the cake to detect hardness of any part. If negative, move on to the next step but if any part feels hard, it simply means it hasn’t been leveled enough and requires more leveling.

Get a cake leveler which is efficient for leveling coarse parts in a cake and use it on the cake until smoothness is achieved. Feel the cake for moistness. If not, apply a syrup and brush the top all over with a suitable pastry brush. It will become as moist as you want it.

Put a large amount of icing in the middle and level it out. Make it about ½ inch thick. This will be your filing.

Step 6 – Time to frost

At this point, you will need your second cake. Level it and turn it upside down unto the filling of your first cake.

Now you should frost the cake.

Using any frosting of your choice and with the aid of your spatula (REMEMBER NOT KNIFE!!), slide it around. Do it with a lot of pressure.

Congrats! You are done with the bottom tier. But don’t feel fulfilled yet, let’s move on to the top.

Step 7

To begin with the top tier, transfer the 10-inch cardboard into another plate. Thereafter, put it in the freezer to gain some hardness and then you can observe a break.

Step 8 – Stacking

You now have both tiers iced. With the top tier still in the freezer, place the bottom tier on a smooth surface. It is time for the tiers to be stacked. This will lead us to a new phase where I will enlighten you on two efficient ways of stacking a two-tiered cake.

Preparing a two-tiered wedding cake

Two-tiered wedding cakes are mainly for those who are not crazy about having an elaborate ceremony on the day of their wedding. Well, if you ask me, I’ll say that elaborate parties don’t matter much, besides there is a family to plan for. However, weddings are important events and since cakes are supposed to add to the feeling of joy and merriment.

Its method of preparation is very similar to the steps listed above. The only difference would be how you decide to design and decorate it. There are also some pretty amazing ideas and designs you can try for a simple wedding.

Preparing a two-tiered birthday cake

Two-tiered birthday cake is also similar in nature to that of wedding cake and there are so many designs and ideas that you can get for making a two-tiered birthday cake. The prices of a two-tiered birthday usually depend on the design, that’s if you getting a professional baker to do it for you but if you are baking yourself then you simply just have to be creative.

How to stack a two-tiered cake

Stacking two-tiered cakes require the presence of two-tiered cake supports. Stacking cakes are similar to building a house and just as the erection of a house depends on its solid foundation, so does the erection of a two-tiered cake. Thus, in stacking cakes, mounting rigid two-tiered cake support is absolutely non-negotiable.

Having oriented you a bit on this, let me share with you two efficient ways of stacking your magnificent two-tiered cake.

The plastic cake plate and column method

Here, you place the plate (without the columns) carefully on the tier and move it around to get it completely centered. The instrument has a ruler built in it that aids in taking measurements and effecting necessary adjustments as the plate is being moved around.

At the point of centralization, gently press down to leave a mark on the cake. You should be able to tell the outline of the plate and the location of the column. After this, you can remove the plate.

Fix the columns in a standing position beside the cakes, ensuring they are not taller than the cakes. Should they be, trim them till their heights equal that of the cake. Next, put the columns on the plastic plate and line it to the marks on the cake. Push down until the columns are inside the plate and even the top of the plate meets the cake.

Or you may want to try the second method;

Cake cardboards and Fat straws

First, the cake cardboard must be the size of your top tier and it is thoroughly clean. Gently place it on the tier and move it around till it is fully centered. Just like the Cake plate, this instrument also contains a ruler that measures and adjusts simultaneously until it leaves a mark on the cake. You should be able to notice the outline at this point.

Now that it has become clear to you were the top tier will go, the next step is to add your two-tiered cake support. You may want to use dowels which is very popular. Another suggestion would be bubble tea straws which also hold a good degree of tenacity.

Conclusively I must gladly say that if you followed this article all the way then you are just inches away from making a two-tiered cake masterpiece.

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Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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