Multicoloured rainbow sponge cake with white frosting, on a stand

Layer cake recipes

31 Recipes

Bake one of our spectacular layered sponges for a special occasion. Choose from rainbow and ombre cakes, chocolate tortes and more.

174 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

A stunning celebration cake of six or seven colourful layers with soft cheese frosting – an impressive showstopper

3 hrs
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110 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For the ultimate indulgence look no further than Sarah Cook's four-layered chocolate-caramel extravaganza

1 hr and 55 mins
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82 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Try this light, creamy raspberry cake for a sweet summer treat

1 hr and 5 mins
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77 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Impress your guests with this chocolate cherry layered cream cake - a revamped version of a retro classic.

1 hr and 40 mins
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54 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For big celebrations this cake is a must, four layers of moist sponge, lashings of chocolate ganache and the crunch of Maltesers

1 hr
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21 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A light vanilla sponge dotted with seeds and sandwiched with orange frosting and fresh strawberries - heavenly

1 hr
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64 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Stack up our best ever chocolate sponges and smother in an Oreo biscuit icing to make this towering celebration cake

1 hr and 50 mins
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9 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

April opts for the 'naked' style of decorating so the cake isn't swamped with icing, but instead delicately finished with candied almonds and Swiss meringue buttercream

3 hrs
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52 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

The queen of baking, Mary Berry, creates a light and fruity citrus sponge with buttery frosting and a sugar glaze

35 mins
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12 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The toffee nut topping gives this sponge the edge- we used Brazil nuts, hazelnut, pecans and almonds

1 hr
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5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley shares her never-fail sponge recipe in this layered cake with a zingy butter icing

1 hr and 35 mins
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23 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Give coffee cake the ultimate upgrade - layer with chocolate hazelnut frosting, add a creamy topping and sprinkle with crushed nuts

1 hr and 55 mins
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6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

1 hr and 15 mins
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27 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Who could resist our chocolate and raspberry cake? Like a Victoria sponge but better, try budget-friendly frozen raspberries for the cream

1 hr
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3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Get ahead for a dinner party or celebration with this indulgent, fruity cake which can be frozen for up to 2 months

1 hr and 25 mins
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15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This layered drip cake is smothered in cream cheese icing and drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache – a stunning centrepiece for a big occasion

3 hrs
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16 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

A show-stopping layer cake of moist buttermilk sponge, jam, berries and cream cheese frosting - a real centrepiece

1 hr and 15 mins
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13 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Make a showstopping cake this Easter. Top chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting, ganache drip, pretzel bark and chocolate eggs for a divine dessert

1 hr and 45 mins
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2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

With its retro flavour combination, bold drippy icing and piles of bright confectionery, this showstopping layered cake ticks all the trend boxes

1 hr and 55 mins
Easy
20 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This creamy chocolate and coffee layer cake has real wow factor and is ideal for a celebration

1 hr and 35 mins
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22 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Give this celebration sponge a showstopping finish by piping spikes of ganache on top and filling with salted caramel butter icing

2 hrs
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10 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A stunning floral layer cake, flavoured with rosewater and layered up with vanilla cream, raspberry icing and crystallised petals

1 hr and 55 mins
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10 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Puréed fruit imparts much of the colouring in this rosy hued cake, that combines raspberries, cocoa and a good helping of cream cheese frosting

55 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This moist and sticky layer cake tastes better the longer you leave it in the tin, so make ahead and enjoy for up to a week

2 hrs and 5 mins
Easy
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