Smith Island Cake
Really tender cake layers with buttery vanilla flavor. A lightly sweet ganache icing helps balance out the whole thing. Prepare this showstopper for a special occasion and receive rave reviews. Using aluminum pans really speeds up the assembly and cooking process. The batter holds well while the other layers cook.
It really is helpful to assemble this on a cake board and then transfer to a cake stand after chilling the second time. You could prepare the layers using three 8-inch round metal pans but it would involve letting them cool down between layers. The disposable pans made it easy to take out 1 batch and immediately put in the 2nd and 3rd batches. This allows for the batter not to sit overly long and take the chance of deflating. Also, the layers are so thin so it is helpful to have the added safety net of lining the pans with parchment.