I made this 12 layer cake a long time ago and I had delayed posting it for the 12th of December, 2012 because it just seems fitting. Problem is I waited for such a long time that I totally forgot about it. Good thing someone in my family mentioned 12/12/12 and I heard a loud ‘DING!’ in my head. So here I am at 10 o’clock at night, editing pictures and typing away. It might be last minute but I can still make it. Yay!
To be honest, the most layers of cake I made were 7 and it was the rainbow cake. I had to do a bit of research and settled with the recipe posted in Oprah’s site. I mean if it’s from America’s most trusted it should be good, right?
Oh, I was so excited and after much anticipation, this is what I got...
Wop...wop... wooop.... a big fail. The cake did not rise and it was 12 layers of gumminess. The icing was so thin that it just kept leaking. I really tried liking it but sorry Oprah, won’t be recommending this one for my readers.
Back to googling I go, I shall not be deterred. I found another recipe for the 12 layer cake and the picture posted looked promising so I tried it. Apparently this kind layer cake with boiled chocolate icing is a southern thing, which they usually bake around the holidays. And this is a really old school recipe that has been passed from generation to generation. I've adapted the recipe to use all butter and omit the shortening.
I love this recipe; my cakes came out light and fluffy. The boiled chocolate icing can become a bit gritty but I actually liked it. Just see for yourself with these 2 cakes side by side the big difference.
I have 3 round 9” pans which work well for me. I had to do 4 batches of 3 but since the layers were thin, baking times were really fast. I lined the pans with parchment circles and just reused the same ones for the next batches.
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To assemble, this is the fun part. With a ladle pour icing on top of a layer. Spread the icing around.
Add another layer of cake and pour icing again.
Then repeat again...
You know where I'm going with this, right? Oh yes, again...
Until you run out of cake layers.
Spread the icing around, if you like.
I've never been so excited to cut the cake.
This is one impressive cake and it would be the perfect wow dessert to end a holiday meal. Feeds a lot of people too.
Just revisiting these photos brings back some good memories of me eating and totally enjoying this cake.
I think I’m due to making one of this baby again. Off to the kitchen I go.