At last–the surprising shortcuts to spectacular home-style layer cakes are revealed.
Test Kitchen Secrets Unveiled
Finally! The experts at the Southern Living Test Kitchens share a few of their favorite tips for making flawless layer cakes in a fraction of the time. (Hint: It's ok to start with boxed cake mix.) Learn more about our show-stopping favorites from
the Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook.
Devil's food cake layers, made from a mix and embellished with chocolate and vanilla extracts and creamy milk chocolate, are
sandwiched with the simplest and most luxurious stuffing of them all–ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling.
The cake is capped off with ready-to-spread fudge frosting and gooey chocolate-covered cherry candies. This cake puts a traditional
black forest cake to shame–and it's amazingly simple to make because of all the packaged products.
First printed in 1978, the Hummingbird Cake remains the most-requested Southern Living recipe of all time. The origin of the
name is unknown, but its signature ingredients—mashed banana, pineapple, coconut and pecans—assure its continued popularity.
Eight layers and a spoon-licking white chocolate-cream cheese frosting make this updated version more spectacular than the
original. But it's easy as can be because of convenience products such as cake mix, instant pudding mix, and canned pineapple.
Chocolate, caramel, and pecans are made to be together, and their flavors harmonize perfectly in this stunning layer cake.
Devil's food cake mix with pudding plus chocolate morsels result in brownie-like layers filled and frosted with a jazzed up
ready-to-spread fudge frosting. The finishing touches are turtle candies and a drizzling of dulce de leche ice cream topping.
An over-the-top cheesecake-stuffed layer cake sounds like a lot of trouble, but not this one. We've made the most of shortcut
ingredients including cake mix, canned frosting, instant pudding mix, and store-bought lemon curd. Truly a show-stopping cake,
it's stuffed with frozen cheesecake, covered in the cream cheese frosting, drizzled with a bit of the lemon curd, and topped
with a mound of fresh berries.
Sweet spices plus grated premium bittersweet chocolate transform an ordinary Devil's food cake mix into an old-fashioned favorite
with an indulgent twist. This cake is filled with canned blackberry filling, robed in ready-to-spread fudge frosting, and
then simply dressed with fresh blackberries and a drizzling of additional blackberry filling. The chocolate and the berries
take classic spice cake to a whole new level of rich flavor and sophistication.