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Two-Tier Celebration Cake!

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A blog post on how to make the best Two-Tier Celebration Cake! Vanilla Cake, Chocolate Cake, Buttercream, Ganache and more!

So I have always posted blog posts about cakes, cupcakes, and various other delicious treats that are perfection for celebrations… however, I have never post a two-tier cake before! 

I recently hit half a million followers on my instagram account so decided to make the cake to celebrate, but I knew you guys would want the recipe for it (and sure enough, you do!) 

This is just how I happened to do it on the day, so I thought I would write a blog post about it. I will do more recipes in the future, and hopefully a full video too (which I didn’t have time for this time). 

This cake has a 8″ chocolate cake bottom tier, with four layers of sponge, filled with a chocolate buttercream frosting. The top tier is a 6″ vanilla cake, filled with vanilla buttercream frosting. 

For the cakes, I used two of these 8″ tins, and two of these 6″ tins.. and I love them! I just happen to have the 4″ deep versions, but I bake the sponges, let them cool, and then split them each into two! 

The cakes were crumb coated with their respective buttercreams, and then I decided to use a ganache for the outside! Obviously, the recipe is designed to cover the two cakes so there is a lot of ingredients… but if you only want to make half you can! 

For the ganache, I used a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate because it’s genuinely what was there. It may make it seem overly complicated, but I ended up loving the end result! It wasn’t too deep a flavour, and wasn’t too sweet! 

I make my ganache by making sure the chocolate is chopped or in chip size, heating the double cream until just before boiling point, and then pouring the cream over and letting it sit. Letting it sit makes the chocolate melt. 

Then, you stir the mixture together until it is smooth! If it isn’t quite smoothly you can heat the mixture gently in 10 second bursts in the microwave until smooth, or in the pan again. 

You need to let the ganache sit until it becomes a thick peanut butter consistency. But also, I find whipping it even better. I let my ganache thicken (you can speed this up in the fridge) and then whip until it is mousse like. It makes it perfect for applying to a cake! 

I use a small angled spatula to help me apply the ganache (and buttercream) to the cakes, and then use this large metal scraper to help smooth around the edges. It makes it so much easier than you have a metal scraper because it leaves the smooth finish. 

Top tip as well, when you are very close to finishing the ganache – I heat the scraper under the hot tap, dry it off so it’s not wet, and do one final scrape around the cake. It creates the perfect smooth finish! 

I decorated the cake in an edible rose gold (actually peach coloured) paint, which I use a brush to flick over the cake in a random paint splatter effect (I also did this on my wedding cake). Then, I did a chocolate drip around both of the cakes, and used leftover buttercream to pipe onto the cake randomly. 

Honestly, this cake was just about using what I had in the cupboard for decoration and flavours – but I loved it! It’s a huge cake that would happily serve probably 40+ people at a party, but I gave out chunks to my family and friends! 

Now, because it is a two-tier celebration cake, you MUST DOWEL THE CAKE. I cannot stress this enough! If you don’t you risk the cake sliding into the other sponge and generally going completely wrong. 

There are many types of dowels out there for cake, but I use these wilton ones and found them so easy! They come with little caps to ‘spread the weight’ I guess, and the top sponge sits onto it (on a cake board) and then it doesn’t sink! Obviously, if you have ones you prefer then go with them! 

I would say a big part about making this sort of cake is letting the layers chill and set well enough each time. It takes patience, but it is worth it. I chill my cakes for 30 minutes. I fill and crumb coat my cakes, and chill for 30 minutes. I cover in ganache and chill again for 30 minutes. I decorate with ganache drips, and chill again for 30 minutes etc! 

This allows the buttercream to set, the ganache to set, and makes the cake much easier to work with! All things when baking cakes are each to their own – but this is just how I did this particular cake! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! x

Two-Tier Celebration Cake!

A blog post on how to make the best Two-Tier Celebration Cake! Vanilla Cake, Chocolate Cake, Buttercream, Ganache and more!
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Category: Cake
Type: Drip Cake
Keyword: Chocolate
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Decorating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 45 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

8" Chocolate Cake

  • 500 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 500 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 400 g Self Raising Flour
  • 100 g Cocoa Powder
  • 10 Medium Eggs

6" Vanilla Cake

  • 300 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 300 g Caster Sugar
  • 300 g Self Raising Flour
  • 6 medium Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 300 g Unsalted Butter (not stork) (room temp)
  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 75 g Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 200 g Unsalted Butter (not stork) (room temp)
  • 400 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Ganache

  • 400 g Dark Chocolate (chopped)
  • 300 g Milk Chocolate
  • 600 ml Double Cream

Drip Ganache

  • 125 g Dark Chocolate
  • 125 g Milk Chocolate
  • 250 ml Double Cream

Decoration

  • Rose Gold/Peach Paint
  • Leftover Buttercream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

For the 8" Chocolate Cake!

  • Preheat your oven to 170C/150C Fan, and line two 8"/20cm deep cake tins with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter and sugar to a bowl, and beat till light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa powder and eggs and beat again until a lovely smooth cake mixture is formed.
  • Split evenly between the two tins and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean!)
  • Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then leave to cool fully on a wire rack.

For the 6" Vanilla Cake!

  • Preheat your oven to 170C/150C Fan, and line two 6"/15cm deep cake tins with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter and sugar to a bowl, and beat till light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, eggs and vanilla extract and beat again until a lovely smooth cake mixture is formed.
  • Split evenly between the two tins and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean!)
  • Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then leave to cool fully on a wire rack.

Chocolate Buttercream

  • Beat the butter on its own for a while in your mixer until its smooth and supple.
  • Add in your icing sugar and cocoa powder a little at a time and beat fully until its light and fluffy!
  • (If the mixture is really stiff, add in 1-2tbsp of boiling water and beat fully to smooth out)

Vanilla Buttercream

  • Beat the butter on its own for a while in your mixer until its smooth and supple.
  • Add in your icing sugar and vanilla extract a little at a time and beat fully until its light and fluffy!
  • (If the mixture is really stiff, add in 1-2tbsp of boiling water and beat fully to smooth out)

For the Ganache

  • Add the the dark chocolate and milk chocolate to a large bowl.
  • Add the cream to a pan and heat till just before boiling point. Pour over chocolate and leave to sit for 5 minutes. Once sat, mix until smooth (Add back to the pan if its not quite melted).
  • Leave the ganache in a bowl and stir every few minutes until it forms a peanut butter like consistency - you can do this in the fridge as well, just make sure to stir it so it doesn't set too quickly!
  • You can also whip the ganache with an electric whisk to make it lighter and more mousse like.

Assembly.

  • Level the cakes off if necessary. Split the two chocolate cakes so you have four layers in total.
  • Add your first cake to a cake board (I use a large 10" cake board) and secure with a small amount of buttercream.
  • Spread some chocolate buttercream onto the first layer, add the second sponge. Repeat until you reach the top layer of cake.
  • Spread some chocolate buttercream around the sides to fill in the gaps and create a crumb coat. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes.
  • Repeat this procss with the Vanilla Cake in the same way. (I use a 6" thin cake board for this one)
  • Once refrigerated and the ganache is ready, using an angled spatula, slather over the chocolate ganache and then smooth around using a large metal scraper. Do this for both cakes!
  • Once the ganache is on, refrigerate the cakes for another 30 minutes.
  • Insert some doweling supports for your cake into the larger 8" cake. I used four dowels. You want them to be towards the middle of the cake, for the 6" cake to sit on top of.
  • Using a small amount of buttercream, or ganache, spread that on top of where the dowels are, and stick the smaller cake on top of the larger cake.
  • If using, pour the edible paint into a small bowl and using a paint brush, flick the paint over the cake (make sure you protect the surfaces around the cake).

Drip Ganache

  • Add the the dark chocolate and milk chocolate to a large bowl. Add the cream to a pan and heat till just before boiling point. Pour over chocolate and leave to sit for 5 minutes. Once sat, mix until smooth (Add back to the pan if its not quite melted).
  • Using a small piping pag, drip the ganache down the sides of the two cakes, and fill in the tops of both cakes. If you can, let the cake set in the fridge for 30 minutes again.
  • Pipe some swirls of the leftover buttercream on top using a Medium 2D Closed Star Piping Tip and decorate with the sprinkles!

Notes

ENJOY!

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75 Comments

  • Kiran
    April 14, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Hi Jane im a new baker and in the process of trying out different recipes atm. I have tried ur vanilla cupcakes recipe and they came out perfect..i want to give tiered cake a try and this looks perfect to me but i want to make it a bit smaller so 6’’ vanilla which is perfect but i want to make a smaller 4’’ top tier chocolate cake so i suppose if i half the ingredients for the chocolate cake that should work ok but I only have 3’’ deep pans will the be ok?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 17, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      Hey! Unfortunately changing the tin sizes is based on volume not the inch size. 4 inches is roughly a 1/3 of an 8 inch recipe xx

    • Kiran
      April 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Thank u so much for your reply x

  • Beth
    April 13, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Jane, I was wondering how I would conduct this recipe from 6” and 8” to a 7” and 9” tier cake?
    Any help would be much appreciated, Thank you so much!!

    Reply
  • Amina
    April 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jane, hope you are well. I am going to be making this as my birthday cake, and I have a few questions. If my birthday is on the 14th next week, how many days in advance should I do the cakes and buttercream?, as I don’t really want to be making a mess on my birthday clothes! I am going to be doing a funfetti cake, and for the chocolate cake, shall I just replace the coco powder with the equal amount of flour? And for the 6’’ thin cake board, does there need to be a hole at the base of it, so that the dowels can fit through?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Amina
      April 6, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      I also forgot to ask; I only have two 8 inch tins, does this cake make 4 layers when done? Or just two thick layers? And can I just bake the two layers in batches so I have 4 then: ie, bake 2 first, then the next 2?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 9, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Hey again! It makes four layers as per the recipe. Yeah you could do that x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 9, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Hey! I usually make my sponges the day before I decorate and yes replace the coco powder for the equal amount of flour. Dowels sit onto a cake board not through the cake board, I don’t use a centre column dowel. Hope that all helps!xx

  • S
    March 27, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    My tins are about 2.5 inches deep will they be ok?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      I would say that’s a little risky – they may over flow slightly!

  • Charlie
    March 10, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Would you store this in the fridge?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 10, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Un-cut, yes! After being portioned though no I wouldn’t x

  • Jean McEntee
    March 7, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Jane,
    I am planning to make this cake for my Mam’s 60th.. she loves salted caramel/Crunchie kind of flavours, I’m aware you have salted caramel and Crunchie drip cake recipes on your blog. I was wondering, if I was to make one layer of the two tier cake either salted caramel or Crunchie, and the other layer either the vanilla or chocolate that’s already in this recipe, would that make sense?? I hope I’m being clear in my question x

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Hello! Yes I’m sure that will be great :)x

  • Lawley
    February 26, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Hey Jane,
    About to make this absolute cracker of a cake… could I use golden caster sugar in the vanilla cake? Would it give it somewhat of a better taste? Was going to also drizzle some salted caramel sauce in between the vanilla layers… so thought the golden sugar could be nice? If so would it just be the same amount?

    Thank you
    Lawley x

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 28, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Yes you can use a straight swap to golden caster sugar! Its a fairly similar flavour but still nice! xx

  • Ellie McLeod
    February 22, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Hi if I wanted to have the 6” tier as chocolate what would my ingredient be?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 26, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      Substitute 50g of flour for cocoa powder!

  • Julie Horden
    February 19, 2021 at 11:50 am

    5 stars
    Hello jane

    Your recipes are amazing ⭐⭐

    If I was to use the 6inc cake tin and put cocoa in the mixture how much will I have to use please?

    Thank you

    Julie xx

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 20, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      Substitute 50g of flour for cocoa powder! x

  • Andrea
    February 4, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Jane,

    If I wanted to make the 6″ tier into 3 layers instead of 4 (and bake in 3 separate tins) could I use the same amount of ingredients or would I have to decrease them slightly?

    Thanks! x

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 4, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Yes you could, the timings will just change!! xx

  • Natasha
    January 23, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Hi can this chocolate recipe be used with buttercream icing?

    Reply
  • Emily
    January 22, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Jane I’m looking to make just the 4 layer 8inch cake but wanted to make it vanilla rather than chocolate can I just leave the cocoa powder out or would I need to add more flour? Thanks 😊

    Reply
  • Ashton Jarratt
    January 21, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Hi Jane!

    I’ve made this cake before and absolutely loved it! The same as all your recipes! So thank you.

    Quick question- how do you tend to store this cake once finished? Last time I made it, it was cut up straight away so it didn’t matter. But this time I need to make it the day before giving it to someone!

    Many thanks,

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 21, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      If it’s uncut it can go in the fridge over night – just needs to be out the fridge for a while before serving x

  • Kimberley Slater
    January 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Jane,
    I’m making my own wedding cake and using your victoria sponge celebration recipe. I’m doing 2 tiers a 8″ and 10″. I’ll be using the wilton rods and caps you recommended, but just wanted some advice on cake boards for both the tiers?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      What advice are you after? x

    • Kimberley Slater
      January 19, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      Where do you buy your cake boards from, and which are the best to get for the bottom and top tier?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 20, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      You can buy cake boards from SO many places so just give it a google – So for this cake I use a 6″ thin card for the 6″, and then a 10″ thick cake board for the 8″ to sit on.

    • Kimberley Slater
      January 20, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you

  • Kathryn
    January 18, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Hi, I LOVE your chocolate fudge cake recipe and was wondering if it would work using that as the bottom tier? If so would I just make it the same and just use the 2 layers or would I have to adjust the mixture to make it 3 layers? Or could I just split the current mixture between 3 tins and adjust the cooking time? Sorry for the million questions 🤣.

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 18, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      That sponge is VERY soft so it would be hard to decorate in the same way to a degree – and I’m a little confused about the recipe. That sponge is only 2 layers, whereas this is four x

  • Lucy Chapman
    January 17, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Jane

    What height would you say the cake is altogether?

    Thanks,
    Lucy

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 18, 2021 at 11:06 am

      Honestly this is a complete guess but I would imagine saying 14″ roughly?!

  • Mairead
    January 16, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    4 stars
    Hi I was looking to do a 10” tire what would the measurements be for this?

    Reply
  • Mairead
    January 16, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    4 stars
    Hi I was looking to do a 10” tire then 8” what would the measurements be for this?

    Reply
  • Grace Taggart
    January 14, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Wow this is incredible! Could I ask, if I wanted to make just the 8inch cake, how much ganache would you use to cover that? I’m assuming this ganache recipe is to cover both cakes? Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 16, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      I would use maybe 3/5 of it for just the 8″ layer! x

  • Sienna
    December 15, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Jane this recipe looks amazing but if I just wanted to make the 6 inch cake but have 2 6x2inch pans could I make 4 layers? Also how much cocoa powder would add to make it a Chocolate cake? Thank you

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      I would substitute 60g of the flour for cocoa powder, and maybe as you have shallower tins it would be better to bake half of the cake at a time if that makes sense, so you bake all four layers separately x

  • Alys
    December 2, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and super clear instructions. I love baking but struggle with the recipes sometimes and the brown sugar makes such a difference. I’m making this for a friends wedding next week and have just had a practice and it was brilliant. Thanks again, love all your recipes! You are a star xx

    Reply
  • Alison
    November 24, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for such a fast reply! And just another one – did you wait for the chocolate and cream to completely cool before whipping? Or did you whip the cream then add the cooled chocolate x

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 25, 2020 at 11:19 am

      No you mix the ganache together so it’s combined, then you need to leave it to reach a peanut butter consistency!

  • Alison
    November 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Hello! For the cake pictured did you whip the ganache for the sides of the cake?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 24, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Only slightly to get it to an even texture x

  • Natalie
    November 21, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Would this cake withstand being covered in Fondant icing? I have my son’s birthday cake to make and he has requested chocolate, which strays away from my trusty vanilla cake recipe. I’ll probably only do 1 tier, as it’ll likely end up being a lockdown party for 4!

    Roughly how tall does your chocolate tier end up?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Yes! So because of the ganache outside, it’s a wonderful base for fondant icing – just make sure the ganache is set well and it would work perfectly. The chocolate cake is probably about 6″ tall roughly?! x

  • Hollie
    November 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    How would I change the ingredients to suit a 7″ cake tin for the vanilla

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 18, 2020 at 11:23 am

      I am unsure on timings, but if you want it similar maybe 400g (so it’s in the middle of the 6 and 8)

  • Gemma
    October 21, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Hi,
    This cake looks amazing! How would I adapt the ganache and buttercream ingredients to make this just an 8” single layer cake please?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

      Hey! Do you mean single layer, or single tier? x

    • Gemma Brown
      October 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Sorry! I meant single tier! X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Ahh okay so it’s worth looking at my 28th birthday cake post as that is what you are after! x

  • Zoe
    October 14, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Hi. This looks amaze! Can’t wait to try baking it. Have you got any tips please on how I’d make a smaller version of this cake? X

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      It depends on what size tins you’d want? As this already has a 6″ layer, you could just do one layer?

  • Laura McEvoy
    October 14, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Jane!
    I’ve made so many of your recipes over the years.
    I love baking cakes for my families birthdays, especially my little girls.
    I always find however that my sponges never come out light & fluffy. I can’t work out if I’m over baking, or under baking them.
    Any chance you’d be able to do a video on top tips of how to tell if the sponges are baked??

    Kindest regards
    Laura McEvoy

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Hey! Ahh amazing. I have a few YouTube videos on how I make some cakes already so it may be worth looking at those? xx

  • Shirley
    October 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Looks amazing. Have you stopped doing utube videos 🤔

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t have any time for YouTube at the minute as videos take so long, but hopefully in the future.

  • Laura
    October 14, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    5 stars
    Love your chocolate cake recipes best ive used.

    Reply
  • Kat
    October 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    The cake looks gorgeous! Quick question – how do you get the ganache to look so dark after whipping? I find whipping it makes it even lighter than milk chocolate – almost like a beige colour

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      I wouldn’t say comparing the photos is the best comparison as it often looks different in real life if that makes sense, but it could potentially depend on the chocolate you use? Some I guess are lighter in colour?! xx

  • Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes
    October 14, 2020 at 10:50 am

    5 stars
    Congrats on your insta follows, that is great!! Thanks for sharing this cake it looks amazing 🙂

    Nic

    Reply
  • Zia
    October 14, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Hiya! How do you store the cake after making it? In the fridge?

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 10:49 am

      It can be stored in the fridge, if it’s not been cut into. Once you’ve portioned it, the fridge would dry it out too much in my opinion. But a cool place also works, especially in the colder months!

  • Paula Roberts
    October 14, 2020 at 10:35 am

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing! So elegant! Congratulations on your Instagram account! I love your recipes and use them all the time! Thank you for all the tips as well- they are very much appreciated!

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Ahh thank you so much!! I’ve been wanting to post a two-tier cake for a while, so it seemed the perfect timing!! x

  • Sue
    October 14, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Can you put some more of your new cakes on YouTube please

    Reply
    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Unfortunately I don’t have any time for YouTube at the minute as videos take so long, but hopefully in the future.

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