How To Make A Layer Cake With One Pan

How To Make A Layer Cake With One Pan

Whether for a birthday or holiday celebration, cakes for a great dessert to serve. Many people choose to make a layer cake with filling to make it even more special. If you do not have multiple cake pans, you will want to know how to make a layer cake with one pan.

The great thing about layer cakes and you can fill them with frosting, custard, jam, ganache, or whipped topping. It gives you the possibility to be as creative as you like with the flavor combinations. Fortunately, you can still make a layer cake even if you only have one pan and the process requires no prior baking experience.

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What You Will Need To Make A Rectangle Layer Cake From One Pan

To make this rectangle chocolate layer cake, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups  granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk

Filling and frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds, sliced and toasted
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate, melted
  • Raspberries for decoration

Equipment

  • 13 x 18-inch pan (half sheet)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Sifter
  • Whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Small bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Offset spatula

Step by step instructions

Step one: Prepare your half sheet pan and preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your half sheet pan. Then, add a layer of parchment paper and grease again.

Step two: Sift the cocoa powder and mix it with the coffee

Using your sifter, sift the cocoa powder into a small bowl and then add your hot coffee. Whisk the cocoa and coffee together until they are smooth and set aside.

rectangle layer cake

Step three: Cream butter and sugar

Add your butter and sugar together into a large bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Beat it together for four to five minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

Step four: Add eggs and vanilla

Add the eggs into the creamed butter and sugar one at a time, beating after each addition. Then, add in the vanilla and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Step five: Mix together dry ingredients

In a medium bowl, use a whisk to mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step six: Combine milk and cocoa powder mixture

Whisk the milk and the cocoa powder mixture together until smooth.

Step seven: Combine the wet and dry ingredients

Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Then, add half of the milk and cocoa mixture into the batter and combine. Repeat the alternating steps until the batter is fully combined.

Step eight: Bake the cake

Pour your cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow your half sheet cake to cool on a wire rack while in the pan. While it is still warm, run an offset spatula around the edge to loosen it.

Step nine: Make the frosting

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, add the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar. Beat together until soft peaks form and then add in the vanilla extract. Cover your bowl in plastic wrap and store the whipped cream frosting in your fridge as you work on the cake.

Step ten: Cut your cake

Carefully remove your cake from the pan and cut it in half with a serrated knife to make two pieces that measure 13  x 9-inches.

Step eleven: Assemble the cake

Place one layer of the cake on a plate or tray and add a layer of frosting. Then, carefully add the second cake layer to the top of the frosting. Apply a thin layer of frosting to the outside of the cake to create a crumb coat and place it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

After it has been in the fridge, finish frosting your cake. Then, decorate with almonds, raspberries and drizzle it with melted dark chocolate.

Tips And Tricks

When not serving this cake, you should place it in the fridge since it contains whipped cream frosting. It can last three to four days in an airtight container in the fridge.

In addition, you can also freeze this layer cake as well. First, place it in the fridge uncovered for an hour so the frosting can set. Then, cover it with a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Return the covered cake to the freezer and store it in there for up to six months.

When ready to serve, let your cake thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter at room temperature for one to two hours. Store any leftovers in the fridge when you are not serving.

You can also use your favorite half sheet cake recipe to make a layer cake. Simply follow all of the instructions and then once it is cool, cut it to create two 13 x 9-inch pieces and then layer them and decorate. You can also experiment with the sizes you cut if you want to make a square layer cake.

In addition, you can also convert a sheet cake to a layer cake. Simply bake your sheet cake, which is 18 x 24-inches, as instructed and once it is cool, cut it into two pieces that are 18 x 12-inches. Add a layer of frosting to one cake layer then top it with the second cake layer and decorate.

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Half Sheet Pan, 13-Inches x 18-Inches

Servings And Preparation Size

Bake Time

Preparation Time Servings 
25-30 minutes 30 minutes

20-24

A Tasty And Easy To Make Layer Cake From One Pan

This delicious layer cake is simple to make, as you only need one half-sheet pan. It has an elegant look, which is great for serving at parties or formal events.

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How To Make A Layer Cake With One Pan

Whether for a birthday or holiday celebration, cakes for a great dessert to serve. Many people choose to make a layer cake with filling to make it even more special. If you do not have multiple cake pans, you will want to know how to make a layer cake with one pan.
Prep Time30 mins
Baking Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: convert a sheet cake to a layer cake, how to make a layer cake with one pan, rectangle layer cake, square layer cake square layer cake
Servings: 22
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk

Filling and frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cups almonds, sliced and toasted
  • 1/3 cup cup dark chocolate, melted
  • Raspberries for decoration

Instructions

  • Prepare your half sheet pan and preheat the oven.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your half sheet pan. Then, add a layer of parchment paper and grease again.
  • Sift the cocoa powder and mix it with the coffee.
    Using your sifter, sift the cocoa powder into a small bowl and then add your hot coffee. Whisk the cocoa and coffee together until they are smooth and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
    Add your butter and sugar together into a large bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Beat it together for four to five minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
    Add the eggs into the creamed butter and sugar one at a time, beating after each addition. Then, add in the vanilla and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mix together dry ingredients.
    In a medium bowl, use a whisk to mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Combine milk and cocoa powder mixture.
    Whisk the milk and the cocoa powder mixture together until smooth.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
    Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Then, add half of the milk and cocoa mixture into the batter and combine. Repeat the alternating steps until the batter is fully combined.
  • Bake the cake.
    Pour your cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow your half sheet cake to cool on a wire rack while in the pan. While it is still warm, run an offset spatula around the edge to loosen it.
  • Make the frosting.
    In a large bowl with an electric mixer, add the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar. Beat together until soft peaks form and then add in the vanilla extract. Cover your bowl in plastic wrap and store the whipped cream frosting in your fridge as you work on the cake.
  • Cut your cake.
    Carefully remove your cake from the pan and cut it in half with a serrated knife to make two pieces that measure 13  x 9-inches.
  • Assemble the cake.
    Place one layer of the cake on a plate or tray and add a layer of frosting. Then, carefully add the second cake layer to the top of the frosting. Apply a thin layer of frosting to the outside of the cake to create a crumb coat and place it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
    After it has been in the fridge, finish frosting your cake. Then, decorate with almonds, raspberries and drizzle it with melted dark chocolate.
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