Why We Love: Single Layer Cakes
We love making a simple round cake for parties. They require one pan — usually a 9-inch cake pan or a springform pan — and are decorated with a poured-on glaze or ganache, a dusting of powdered sugar, or nothing at all. Throw a fanned-out strawberry in the middle of a dense, chocolate cake, put some whipped cream in a bowl to serve on the side, and you’re finished.
They look beautiful on a cake stand and are easy to slice and serve. Even the dessert shy will take a small sliver. These cakes are just… approachable.
Here are a few great ones from our archives: