For over a year I have been dying to attempt the 'ole southern favorite...a Twelve Layer Cake. As a cake addict, what could be better than twelve layers of sugary goodness, sandwiched between chocolate frosting. The Twelve Layer Cake is an old southern recipe and seems to have disappeared a little over the years. Perhaps it's due to the labor associated with making such a cake? I don't know the reason; however, I do know I plan to bring this cake back into circulation...IT.IS.AMAZING!
I don't know why I've waited so long to attempt this recipe. Maybe I was intimidated by the numerous layers? Or because the cake required so much time and work? What ever the reason, I decided this weekend would be my first attempt and my sister, Tara, was here to help. Definitely an added bonus to have Tara in the kitchen because she inherited all of Mom's culinary skills and can pretty much do it all. I certainly owe her a lot of credit for this cake and keeping me sane in the kitchen on Saturday as we whipped up the batter, baked the cakes and made two different kinds of frosting - all from scratch.
We started with a few of these...(definitely easier than trying to wash cake pans several times)
I was pretty proud of my cake & channeling my inner Betty Draper, a la Mad Men...
(okay, okay...we were going to a black tie event and I threw my apron on for a pic before we went out the door. Yes, I'm a huge nerd like this. What did you really expect?)
I read a great article about the Twelve Layer Cake and a sweet little old lady in the New York Times. Check it out and read for yourself.
I highly encourage y'all to try making this one yourself. All your guests will be so surprised when you cut into the cake and SURPRISE! there are twelve layers instead of two or three like they expect. Just keep in mind, this recipe is a labor of love but OH SO WORTH IT! You can find a recipe for the Twelve Layer Cake in any old southern cookbook or online by googling the title. I used the recipe Bakerella suggested and adapted it a little to fit my own needs.
If you decide to attempt this recipe and have any questions definitely let me know. One thing I will do differently next time is 1) use a cake board to support the height and weight of all the layers and 2) let the layers cool longer after removing them from the oven. If the layers aren't cool enough your cake will be wobbly and lumpy looking like mine was. This was just a learning process and now I know for next time. :) The cake may not look as pretty as I wanted...but it tasted absolutely incredible. I couldn't stay away from it all weekend. Even Mr. D had rave reviews. This meant a lot because he doesn't quite share or understand my
obsession love for cake and he proclaimed it to be the "best cake he's ever had."
My name is Mrs. D and I am a cake lover. I hope you are too!