Who doesn’t love layer cakes. They are especially useful when you need to feed a crowd. the assembly can be little tricky but the results are always awesome.
Self Rising Flour 3 cups
Graham Cracker Crumbs finely ground 1 cup
Granulated Sugar 1 1/2 cup
Butter 3 sticks at room temperature salted
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
Salt 1/2 tsp
Heavy Cream or Half and Half 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract 1 Tbsp
Almond Extract 1 Tbsp
For filling and covering :
Strawberry jam 1 1/2 cup
Buttercream Frosting about 4 cups
Strawberry puree 2 tbsp.
Cut Strawberries about 2 cups
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 4 – 8 inch round cake pans by spraying Pam spray and flour or place parchment paper in the pans. I only have 2 8 inch pans so I baked the cakes separately twice.
Mix together Flour, Graham Crackers and Baking powder and keep aside.
Whisk Milk, Cream, Eggs and Vanilla and Almond extracts and keep aside.
In a stand mixer, beat Butter first for couple of minutes then add sugar slowly and beat slowly first and then on high for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. Scrape the bowl but leave the mixture in it.
Keep the mixer running on low speed and slowly add the dry ingredients and wet ingredients alternating 1/2 cup at a time. Mix for couple of minutes until combined.
Divide the batter in 4 equal parts and pour in cake pans. Bake each pan for about 27 minutes or so.
Let cool a little and remove. Be careful when removing as the cake might break. If you happen to break one of the layers, don’t worry. just make a 3 layer cake.
Add Strawberry puree to your choice of buttercream frosting and mix.
Once the cakes are cooled, refrigerate for an hour. Remove from refrigerator and add a layer of strawberry jam and a layer of Frosting in between 2 layers. You will get 3 fillings between layers if you are making a four layer cake. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and cover the cake lightly with Frosting only. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes and give a final coat of Frosting. Add decorations if any and top with cut strawberries.
Recipe for cake is from The cake Blog.