Behold! Our Community's Top 2 Layer Cakes

Here are the finalists for our latest recipe contest, "Your Best Layer Cake: Redux."

April  1, 2022

In our latest contest, we reprised our very first Food52 recipe contest theme: your best layer cake. For this go around, we asked you to share with us some new and interesting flavor combinations for layer cake. We were truly impressed by the creativity of our community, especially when it comes to a particularly technical and labor-intensive genre of recipes. Hopefully, you will enjoy taking a peek—and perhaps even a stab!—at some of our top choices here.

Alas, because five cakes can't take the cake, we had to narrow down this embarrassment of riches to two. And this was no easy feat! So we're turning over the ultimate decision to our community: We're asking you to vote on which cake will win them all.

Our two finalists brought us new approaches in both flavor combinations and techniques. Both of these cakes are time-intensive projects with multiple steps and technical points you will want to keep in your focus. Will you go for the rich fudgy cake with a delightfully crunchy topping, or the elegant pink cake with the rose-perfumed filling? Either way, you will be very well rewarded for your efforts.

Our Top 2 Layer Cakes

Pistachio Cake With Confiture Ispahan & Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream by GML

Photo by MJ Kroeger. Food stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop stylist: Molly Fitzsimons.

Coffee Mascarpone Filled Fudgy Olive Oil Cake With Almond Praline Mascarpone Topping by AntoniaJames

Photo by MJ Kroeger. Food stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop stylist: Molly Fitzsimons.

Vote for the Winning Cake

Please join us in giving AntoniaJames and GML congratulations in the comments section below! If you can, try one or both of these at home, and vote for your favorite by heading over to our contest page. You have now until 12 p.m. ET on April 8 to tell us which recipe you loved the most. We’ll announce the winner at 12 p.m. ET on April 9.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Eddie
  • AntoniaJames

Written by: meganvt01



Eddie April 4, 2022
I made both of the finalists. One challenged me method-wise (I never use a food processor for anything let alone making whipped cream or a cake). One challenged me financially (freeze dried strawberries and lychees aren't cheap). My friends reaped the benefits of the contest. The votes amongst them were split, although the fans of the fudgy olive oil cake were extremely enthusiastic in their response.
AntoniaJames April 1, 2022
Oh my goodness. Thank you for selecting mine! All five initially selected are so original and so enticing. I'm honored to be among them. ;o)