Chocolate layer cake is a chocolate cake comprised of multiple layers, usually held together by frosting or another type of filling, such as jam or other preserves.
Frequently, the sides are covered with frosting, but sometimes,
they're left undecorated, so that the filling and the number of layers
Most cake recipes can be made into layer cakes; even sheet cake, if it's cut into pieces and reassembled with frosting or other filling to form layers.
They're larger than cupcakes, petit fours, or other individual pastries because they're always made to serve many people.
One of the first recipes for this specific type of cake was published in London in 1894.
Some popular types of chocolate layer cake include Red Velvet Cake, Black Forest Cake, German Chocolate Cake, and Tiramisu Cake. Most wedding cakes are decorated layer cakes.
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Red Velvet Cake is a type of rich and sweet layer cake, with a distinctive dark red to bright red or red-brown color.
The most typical frosting is a butter roux icing or cream cheese buttercream.
Traditionalists believe that red velvet cakes must contain cocoa, although recipes are available that do not contain any chocolate flavoring. (Not at this website!)
Black Forest Cake (American) and Black Forest Gateau (British) are the English names for the southern German dessert Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte--literally, "Black Forest Cherry Torte".
Typically, Black Forest Cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some European traditions sour cherries are used instead of the maraschinos.
Traditionally, Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) is added to the cake.
Other liquors are also used such as rum, which is common in Austrian recipes. In the United States, Black Forest Cake is most often prepared without alcohol.
Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian layered cakes.
It's made of savoiardi (Lady Fingers) dipped in espresso or strong coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, mascarpone, sugar, and topped with cocoa powder. It's refrigerated before being served.