The Trick For Perfectly Even Cake Layers

Whether you like to bake from scratch or enjoy using store-bought cake mixes to jump-start the process, making your cakes at home is a great way to save some money and customize exactly what you would like and how you would like it. And if a birthday is rolling around the corner, a very special way to say, "I love you, you're the best" is by baking that person's birthday cake yourself. It's just an extra layer of appreciation on top of all of the delicious layers of cake you're going to serve.

Sheet cakes are easy to bake, easy to frost, easy to cut, and gobble up. But if you or someone you love requests a cake with layers, things could become quite a bit trickier in your kitchen. You see, for a solid layered cake to work, you'll want your crumbs to be perfectly even so they can be stacked uniformly (via Marsden-Weighing).

Invest in a scale

The most effective way to ensure your cake layers are even is to pull out your kitchen scale and weigh out the batter. The Kitchn advises weighing it out into each pan individually. The best way to accomplish this is to weigh your mixing bowl, note the weight, and then weigh it again with your batter inside. You should be able to subtract the weight of the bowl and then divide the remaining weight into equal-part layers. If you are a consistent and attentive baker who is striving to create better and more consistent bakes, having a kitchen scale is a must.

According to King Arthur Baking, not only does weighing out your baking ingredients save time, a scale is more accurate than measuring cups. It also saves you from having to clean up many different measuring cups. Weighing out your batter or dough, whether it be for cakes or croissants, ensures that the portions will be the same. And if you're worried about investing in a kitchen scale, don't be. The New York Times lists its favorite kitchen scales which range in prices that can range from $25 to $50, so it is incredibly easy to find a scale that will suit your needs and your budget. This investment will help your layered cake turn out perfectly.