What Is A Double Barrel Cake?

A Double Barrel Cake is an American dessert with two layers of cake and frosting in between.

The frosting used to make the cake varies from cream cheese to white or chocolate, depending on personal preference.

Different variations of this recipe differ in ingredients, but the basic idea remains the same – a layered dessert with layers of frosting and cake.

What Is A Double Barrel Cake?

A double-barrel cake is usually two or three cakes stacked one on top of the other, with both layers of the same width and the bottom layer being wider than the top layer.

It can be described as a layer cake made with two different layers of cake and frosting, between which is a layer of frosting.

The basic ingredients required for creating the cake are two layers, one layer of frosting on top and a layer of frosting between each layer. It is usually shaped like a cylinder.

A double-barrel cake can be prepared with two layers of different types of cake. For example, the layers could be vanilla or chocolate.

Making a double barrel cake involves baking an oven-proof dish with two layers of cake and one layer of frosting.

What Is A Double Barrel Cake
What Is A Double Barrel Cake

The batter is mixed with softened cream cheese, eggs and butter. The batter is then poured into the baking dish and baked in the oven for about an hour.

The top layer should be slightly cooked before pouring on the second layer of batter. When the second layer is baked, it is cooled down.

When the second layer of batter is cooled, the first layer is removed from the dish and placed between a layer of frosting. The second layer of batter is poured and frosted on top with a white or chocolate frosting.

How To Make A Double Barrel Cake?

This recipe takes about 2 hours to make.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter two eight-inch cake pans, one for each layer of cake.

2. Line the bottoms of both pans with parchment paper and set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract quickly until light and fluffy.

4. Add the flour mixture and stir until it forms a ball.

5. Divide the batter into two bowls, one for each cake layer, alternating between them to evenly mix the ingredients.

6. Bake one cake layer for 18-20 minutes and another for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

7. Place the cooled cake layer on a wire rack and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Place the remaining cake layer in an oven-proof dish and repeat steps 5 to 6.

8. To assemble, place the first cooked cake layer with the parchment paper removed on a cooling rack or serving plate.

9. Spread with frosting, about 1/2 inch thick across the width of the cake, leaving about 1 inch around the edges free from frosting.

10. Spread the second layer of cake batter on top of the frosting, and do not smooth.

11. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.

12. Remove the cake from the dish, remove parchment paper and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

13. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour to chill the frosting before serving, and sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if you like.

Does Double Barrel Cake Need Support?

If you plan on stacking a double barrel cake, do not put any frosting or fillings between the layers. Milk or custard will seep past and ruin your creation, so you must leave space between each layer.

If you have made a double barrel cake with any toppings (like cream cheese frosting or whipped cream), put them on top of the cake, then frost it.


As with all recipes, double barrel cake is just a simple way to make a delicious treat. It’s fun to try different variations to see what you like best.

And don’t forget about the serving suggestions listed in the article – even if you are not using sides or trying new toppings, always remember the important first step of serving your cake at room temperature and cutting it square in order for it to keep its cake-like texture.

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