Top 5 Best Cake Layer Combinations
Some of you may know I love finding inspiration for cake flavors from the most unlikely of places. I’ve created cakes based on restaurant appetizers, famous family desserts that have been passed down, and treats that I’ve tried from local shops all over the world. I’m excited to share my top 5 best cake layer combinations with you because I finally can talk about how “interesting” cake flavors sometimes turn out to be the most tasteful!
I really do think just about anything can be turned into a cake flavor. Whenever I try food from a restaurant and I love the flavor, I immediately start thinking about how I can turn it into a cake. Then I add it to my list of cakes I want to create. And this list of my 5 unique cake layers will definitely be a celebration of those moments! I hope you find one or two you want to try!
Cake Layer Combination #1: Ricotta Beet Cake
The inspiration for my Ricotta Beet Cake comes from one of the best donuts I have ever tasted. I tried it a couple of years ago when I was visiting New York. If you’ve never visited the Doughnut Project in West Village, I highly recommend it! I included their ricotta beet donut in my order for a dozen because I was just interested in trying such an uncommon flavor! And of course, it ended up being my favorite one.
My Ricotta Beet Cake features ricotta cake layers, a homemade ricotta filling, beet buttercream, and a beet glaze. I know what you’re thinking–this flavor sounds…interesting. But the ricotta flavor is so rich and creamy and it’s a winning combination with the beet buttercream!
Cake Layer Combination #2: Apple Ricotta Bacon Cake
My Apple Ricotta Bacon Cake is one of my go-to fall desserts, but could really be enjoyed any time of the year. I just love the warm spices paired with sweetness and what better way to do that than with cake? I know this isn’t the typical cake flavor combination but hear me out! This cake features olive oil ricotta cake layers baked on tart Granny Smith apples. Each cake layer is slathered with sweetened ricotta filling and a sprinkle of candied bacon on top. Then the entire cake is covered in maple buttercream.
I loved seeing my family’s eyes light up as they tasted this cake. At first, you taste the bacon. And then a second later you taste the Granny Smith apples, tangy ricotta, and sweet maple buttercream. All the flavors just work together so beautifully. I promise this cake will leave you wanting more with every bite!
Cake Layer Combination #3: Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat Cake
In my Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat Cake, the unique cake layer is obviously the rice krispie treats crumbled throughout. While rice krispie treats are a classic treat, I think it’s pretty unique to use them as a cake filling! The rice krispies are made just how you would expect, but the trick is to leave them out just long enough for them to get crunchy.
You know I love texture in my cake, and having that rice krispie crunch in each bite of your cake makes it that much better! And the brown butter is also a unique spin. This cake features brown butter cake layers and a brown butter frosting. The flavor combination (along with my homemade marshmallow fluff) is so amazing!
Cake Layer Combination #4: Lemon Pistachio Cake with Pistachio Cream Filling
Another unique cake layer I love is my pistachio cream filling in my Lemon Pistachio Cake. We can all thank my mom for this winning cake flavor! She called me raving about how amazing lemon and pistachio gelato taste so well together and told me I just had to turn those flavors into a cake–so I did just that! There are a lot of different elements that go into this cake, but each one makes the cake taste so incredible!
Cake Layer Combination #5: Orange Almond Poppyseed Cake
This is a fun cake for the summertime! My Orange Almond Poppyseed Cake features almond poppyseed cake layers, orange curd, and almond buttercream. The whole cake is even infused with orange and almond flavoring. This cake reminds me of my Creamsicle Cake but with a hint of almond. I think once you taste it you’ll realize what a winning combination this is!
Top 5 Best Cake Layer Combinations
OK, which of my top 5 best cake layer combinations peaks your interest? I know these aren’t the most commonly used cake flavors, but they really are so good! I’d love to know which one you try and end up loving. Come let me know over on Instagram. You can find me @cakebycourtney. And give me a follow so you can get the best tips and tricks on all things cake!