Relax, It's Just a Layer Cake
Making a homemade birthday cake? Follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be turning out picture-perfect cakes from the get-go.
A Step-by-Step Guide
These steps show a basic method for baking a cake, though every recipe will be a little different. Make sure to follow the directions for your cake recipe precisely, but in general, this is the way most cakes come together.
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Butter and Flour the Pans
Beat the Sugar and Butter Until Fluffy
Add the Wet and Dry Ingredients in Alternate Batches
Pour Into Prepared Pans
Bake, Then Test for Doneness
Cool the Cakes
Create a Crumb Layer of Frosting
Frost the Cake
Slice and Serve
Get the Recipe: Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Filling and Frosting