Layer cakes, with their alternating tiers of moist cake and creamy frosting, are downright impressive. They can also be a little intimidating if you don’t have a lot of practice under your belt. Good news, though — you don’t have to be a pro to bake a totally awe-inspiring and delicious layer cake.
Whether you’re just getting the hang of cake baking, you’ve got a few basic cakes under your belt, or you’re a seasoned pro, there is a recipe that’s just right for you. From a one-bowl naked cakes and an easy birthday cake to a classic red velvet and a stacked chocolate-coconut number, here are 18 layer cake recipes to help you get started.