Picture this: Your friend's birthday is approaching. It's go-time. You want to do something nice — and after weighing retail fixes vs. labors of love, you decide to bake them a cake. You want to demonstrate effort more than a funfetti mix, but not on the 255 layer Guinness World Record winning level.

We propose making them a two layer cake: simple, yet quietly impressive. Since each layer is comprised of the same batter, only one round of patient oven-babysitting is required. All you need to do is study our how-to-guide to discover the ease of inserting a flavorful divide into your cake of choice. If your cake happens to turn out a little less moist or sweet than anticipated, there is no saying you can't counteract that by adding a few more sugary layers.

Don't fret — if you are still feeling a bit anxious about executing, try a slicing aid and remember candles!

Carrot cake with cardamom by hollyshaner

Not red velvet cake with fudge glaze by Abs

Butter-toasted-walnut layer cake by Nostravia_ca

Grown up birthday cake by Midge

Chocolate thai green curry cake by raspberryeggplant

Chocolate dump-it cake by Amanda Hesser

And for the best, most loyal friend:

Chocolate coffee ice cream cake by Yossi Arefi

This article originally appeared on Food52.com
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