How To Make A Two Tiered Wedding Cake In 4 Steps

If you want to learn how to make a two tiered wedding cake, it’s as easy as four steps. We’ll provide a recipe for the cakes and buttercream frosting, then teach you how to decorate the wedding cake and stack the tiers.

You will also know how to make a two-tiered wedding cake with fondant as it’s a popular choice for weddings because it lasts well regardless of the venue conditions. But for more tips regarding layered wedding cakes, please browse our guide for tutorials like how to stack a wedding cake

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How To Make A Two Tiered Wedding Cake For Beginners

For this two-tiered wedding cake with buttercream icing, you will use 6-inch and 9-inch cakes, so prepare three pans of each size. You’ll also need dowels for stacking, and don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350°F.


Step 1. Make the cakes

  • Grease the bottom and sides of the cake pans with cooking spray
  • For the cake layers, you can follow the recipe of a cake mix; typically, you’ll need two boxes for the large pans and a single box for the smaller cake layers
  • Mix the cake ingredients in your stand mixer, starting at a low speed and then increasing until the batter reaches the ideal consistency
  • Pour the batter on the pans and bake for about 40 minutes
  • Check the cakes by inserting a toothpick in the center of the layer; it should come out clean
  • Let the cake layers cool over a wire rack before frosting 


Step 2. Prepare the icing for the cake layers

  • The icing you’ll use on this two-tiered wedding cake is buttercream for a classic white wedding cake; feel free to use a flavor you want or pick a frosting that suits your wedding venue well
  • A basic buttercream recipe you can use to cover the two cake tiers is beating six sticks of unsalted butter until its fluffy
  • Add about 6 pounds of confectioner’s sugar and milk into the butter slowly, so the consistency remains lump-free; for every 2 cups of butter, you’ll use 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Add ¾ tablespoon of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract into the frosting and mix well
  • Transfer the buttercream icing into a piping bag


Step 3. Decorate the wedding cake

  • Once the two layers of the tiered DIY wedding cake are completely cool, you will start decorating and covering the layers with buttercream
  • Prepare one of the large cake layer over a cake cardboard and rotating cake stand
  • Pipe one and ½ cups of frosting on top and spread evenly with a spatula
  • Place the other large wedding cake layer on top of the covered cake and cover with frosting the same way
  • Put the last large cake layer over the top to finish the bottom tier of your wedding cake and cover with buttercream evenly 
  • Create the top tier with the smaller cakes and chill both cake tiers inside the refrigerator for half an hour 


Step 4. Stack the cake layers

  • After chilling the cake layers, it’s easy to make the wedding cake from here; you can stack it at the reception, or if you have a box for traveling you can bring the finished wedding cake to the reception 
  • Prepare a piece of cardboard the same size and shape as the smaller wedding cake tier and press it into the larger cake tier
  • Remove the cardboard to find the outline and push one cake dowel within this mark
  • Mark the dowel to know the spot where the cakes hit it and then cut accordingly; do the same to the other dowels
  • Put four dowels within the base cake tier and place the smaller cake tier on top of them
  • Finish the two-tiered wedding cake by pushing one long dowel on both tiers 
  • Cover the necessary spots with buttercream icing and decorate the edge of the cake 

Read how to decorate a wedding cake to know what to do with his classic layered buttercream wedding cake. Keep your wedding theme in mind but remember that less is more with wedding cake decor. 


How To Make A 2 Tier Cake With Fondant?

  1. Prepare a white cake or pound cake mix; avoid light cakes like chiffon as it won’t hold the heavy fondant well
  2. Bake the cakes and allow them to cool
  3. Crumb coat the cakes, then spread a layer of icing over the coat before the fondant to ensure that it will adhere to your tiers perfectly 
  4. Prepare a basic marshmallow fondant or buy it from the store
  5. Knead the fondant and add food coloring 
  6. Take the diameter and height of the cake and add them before multiplying twice to know how much fondant you’ll need 
  7. Dust your table with confectioner’s sugar and roll out the fondant until it’s ⅛ inches thick 
  8. Allow the fondant to touch the side of the cake board and drape the fondant towards you
  9. Roll the fondant out with a fondant smoother by pulling and stretching the creases 
  10. Cover the other cake tier and stack using dowels



Was this guide helpful? You just learned how to make a two tiered wedding cake by making three cakes for each tier and then covering the two with buttercream. 

Chill before stacking with dowels, and you’re done. Feel free to replace frosting with fondant, especially if your wedding is outdoors. 

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