How To Make A 4-Layer Cake

How To Make A 4-Layer Cake

Looking to bake a cake that will wow? Wanting to make a cake with multiple layers? If so, you will want to know how to make a 4-layer cake.

Though it might seem intimidating at first to make a cake with so many layers, by carefully following this tutorial you can create a beautiful cake. In addition, you will be able to serve more people with a larger cake, or simply just have more to enjoy for yourself. No matter your experience level, you can master making a 4-layer cake.

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What You Need to Follow to Make a 4 Layer Cake

Ingredients for the Cake

  • Unsalted butter, for pans

Ingredients for the Frosting

  • 8 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6-8 tablespoons milk

Equipment

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  • 4 9-inch cake pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Sifter
  • Medium bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Serrated knife
  • Offset spatula
  • Plate, turntable, or cake stand

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Cake Pans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter the four cake pans and add parchment paper on the bottom to avoid sticking.

Step 2: Combine Granulated Sugar and Vegetable Oil

Beat the granulated sugar and vegetable oil in an electric mixer on medium-high speed for about three minutes. The mix should be smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Add Eggs and Vanilla

Beat the eggs in one at a time. Then add the vanilla and beat the mix at high speed for about two minutes. The batter should appear light and fluffy.

Step 4: Sift and Add the Remaining Ingredients

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding flour mix and buttermilk to the batter. Start with the flour mix and add in three additions, while adding buttermilk after every time.

Mixing ingredients for a 4 Layer Cake

After about two minutes, the mix should be smooth. Avoid overmixing the batter.

Step 5: Divide the Batter and Bake the Cakes

Evenly divide the batter among the four cake pans. Bake two cakes at a time for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the first two cakes cool on a wire rack while the other two are baking.

Step 6: Make the Frosting

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and salt on medium speed for about two minutes. Slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth then turn the speed to medium-high and beat for two minutes. Gradually add the milk into the frosting until it becomes thick and spreadable in texture.

Step 7: Level the Cakes

Once the cakes are completely cool, take a serrated knife to level off the tops of your cakes if they are uneven. This will allow your cakes to be easier to stack and give the finished product a better overall look.

Step 8: Assemble the Cake

Place one cake layer on a plate, cake stand, or turntable. Using an offset spatula, spread about 1 1/2 cups of frosting on the cake, repeating with each layer. Once all four layers are stacked, use the remaining frosting to cover the sides and top of the cake.

Tips and Tricks to Make a 4 Layer Cake

If you want to get creative with your cake, you can add food coloring to each layer. Divide your cake into four different bowls and add 5-10 drops of food coloring to each bowl until you reach your desired color. Once the colors are fully mixed with each bowl, add the cakes into the pans and bake them.

Your cake can be kept for 4-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to six months, wrapped in plastic wrap then covered in aluminum foil. Once you are ready to serve your frozen cake, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight.

Allow all your cold ingredients to reach room temperature before adding them to the batter. This will give your cake a smooth, fluffy texture.

How To Make A 4-Layer Cake

Looking to bake a cake that will wow? Wanting to make a cake with multiple layers? If so, you will want to know how to make a 4-layer cake.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make A 4-Layer Cake
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

  • 4 9-inch cake pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Large bowl
  • Electric MixeR
  • Sifter
  • Medium bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Serrated knife
  • Offset spatula
  • Plate, turntable, or cake stand

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs large
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Unsalted butter for pans

Ingredients for the Frosting

  • 8 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6-8 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter the four cake pans and add parchment paper on the bottom to avoid sticking.
  • Beat the granulated sugar and vegetable oil in an electric mixer on medium-high speed for about three minutes. The mix should be smooth and creamy.
  • Beat the eggs in one at a time. Then add the vanilla and beat the mix at high speed for about two minutes. The batter should appear light and fluffy.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding flour mix and buttermilk to the batter. Start with the flour mix and add in three additions, while adding buttermilk after every time.
  • After about two minutes, the mix should be smooth. Avoid overmixing the batter.
  • Evenly divide the batter among the four cake pans. Bake two cakes at a time for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the first two cakes cool on a wire rack while the other two are baking.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter and salt on medium speed for about two minutes. Slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth then turn the speed to medium-high and beat for two minutes. Gradually add the milk into the frosting until it becomes thick and spreadable in texture.
  • Once the cakes are completely cool, take a serrated knife to level off the tops of your cakes if they are uneven. This will allow your cakes to be easier to stack and give the finished product a better overall look.
  • Place one cake layer on a plate, cake stand, or turntable. Using an offset spatula, spread about 1 1/2 cups of frosting on the cake, repeating with each layer. Once all four layers are stacked, use the remaining frosting to cover the sides and top of the cake.

Notes

  • If you want to get creative with your cake, you can add food coloring to each layer. Divide your cake into four different bowls and add 5-10 drops of food coloring to each bowl until you reach your desired color. Once the colors are fully mixed with each bowl, add the cakes into the pans and bake them.
  • Your cake can be kept for 4-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to six months, wrapped in plastic wrap then covered in aluminum foil. Once you are ready to serve your frozen cake, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Allow all your cold ingredients to reach room temperature before adding them to the batter. This will give your cake a smooth, fluffy texture.

An Elegant 4 Layered Cake

By carefully following this tutorial, you can make a beautiful 4-layer cake. Not only will it look elegant, but it will also taste amazing. It is a wonderful recipe for your next big celebration, as your family and friends will love it.

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