An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

The Same, But Different


Classic cakes are fool-proof options to turn to in a moment of need- The standard yellow cake is always agreeable when slathered in a rich and creamy frosting, and that tried-and-true chocolate layer cake has gotten me out of many sticky spots. Always well-received and definitely delicious, I still am reluctant to revisit them, because after so many double or triple batches and repeat performances, they just seem so… Well… Unimaginative. Safe. Dare I say, boring. Happy to take dessert requests from all sides of the family but reluctant to do the same old, same old, it takes a bit of careful creativity to keep myself interested in these projects.

Approaching the issue not from a flavor perspective this time, what’s left that can be played around with? How about the shape?

A deceptively difficult-looking creation, a triangle cake is guaranteed to impress, and maintain the integrity of any flavors desired! The example above is a coconut cake, filled with raspberry preserves and covered with toasted coconut flakes. Just slightly more fuss than a typical layer cake, it was a fun way to add some interest to an otherwise visually dull cake.

To make your very own triangle layer cake, bake any cake you like in two jelly roll pans, and let cool completely. Spread one sheet of cake with jam or filling, and place the second on top. Cut that in half lengthwise, spread more filling or jam on one, and then stack the other half on top of that one. Here’s the trickiest part: Slice that whole thing diagonally, to make two triangles. A visual reference definitely helps here, so check out this helpful tutorial and note that this would be about the fourth picture down after the line.

Stand up the two triangles so that the layers are vertical, spread filling between the tallest layers, and squish the two halves together. Cover the top with frosting like usual (it will hide a multitude of errors, so don’t worry about some less than perfect cuts) and decorate as desired. Present with great fanfare, sit back, and soak in the praise!

(Beware that slices need to be somewhat thick for this type of cake, as you can probably see in the above picture, they do tend to lean/topple over more easily.)

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

46 thoughts on “The Same, But Different

  1. Wow! Definitely very visually impressive!

  2. Wow! That looks awesome. I am an awful baker. I still struggle with a basic yellow cake. Help! :) No seriously, help. heh.

  3. That DOES look awesome!!

  4. my mind was totally boggled by this at first… what fun!!

  5. You never cease to amaze me! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Oooh, very impressive!

  7. The photos of the cake are lovely! They look delicious!

  8. Oh waouw, amazing ! I would like a slice please Hannah ;)

  9. The end product is so deceptive! I was SURE that you needed some kind of special pan to make this!

    The flavor combos in this sound fantastic…

  10. I am speechless! This looks (and most certainly tastes) outstanding. Hannah, you have outdone yourself. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  11. I may or may not have just clapped my hands in glee like a six year old. And you know what? I’m not ashamed to admit it. This is so creative, Hannah. Bravo!

  12. Gorgeous presentation! I love it!

  13. Awesome cake design idea!

  14. ahhh stop making such epic looking eats!! i shouldn’t look here when i’m hungry :P
    you are fantastic!

  15. now that is a masterpiece!! I have always wanted to do a triangle cake! thanks so much for sharing your creation…I just wish I could have a piece now!

  16. Nice twist on the usual cake shape, it looks awesome and very impressive! :-)

  17. Send me a slice of that cake now, please :D

  18. Wow! Definitely impressive! I don’t know if I could pull this one off. :p

  19. Great jelly roll pan trick! I would have never thought of a triangle cake, but it sure is stunning!

  20. Ok, I’ll ‘fess up and go totally blog stalker on you. You never fail to impress me with your amazing, creative vegan goodies. Then the absolutely professional quality plating and photography.

    Today? Taking the simple and literally turning it on its head?

    I’m gobsmacked.

  21. Mmm, now this is clever and it looks fantastic! I remember one time, I made a cake in a circle pan with a friend and we had wanted to make it a bit more creative. …So we cut it in half and stuck one half on the other. I think that I’m gonna remember what you’ve done here ;]

  22. Really cool layers! Looks like the roof of a cake house.

  23. What a great idea! Definitely brings a different touch to something nondescript :)

  24. I love it. That is sure to impress.

  25. Ahhh! I love it! That is such an eye catching presentation, but with the same delicious taste. Fabulous.

  26. Absolutely charming…what a great looking cake. Still figuring the geometry out in my technically challenged mind.WOW!

  27. That is brilliant. And the cake looks amazing. Thanks for the helpful tutorial.

  28. Wow, what an awesome idea! You are so creative :) I know what you mean though – I get a bit tired of being asked to make the same Carrot Cake everytime…I know it’s delicious, but can’t I try something more challenging!? I’m sure your cake tasted as good as it looked xxx

  29. Wow! I am super impressed and I’m sure my family and friends would be too if I served this at the end of a dinner party. Yum!

  30. Beautiful presentation!

  31. This cake looks great, I loved the striped look of the cake. Pictures are simply amazing, I see you have ebooks and books too, congratulations!

  32. Wonderful presentation, Hannah. Such a creative way to jazz up even classic flavors.

  33. Beautiful work, Hannah! Such an elegant presentation. :)

  34. i love this cake idea! it’s elegant and beautiful and certainly stands out against more traditionally-shaped cakes!

  35. GEEZ Hannah, just when I finally get past my cake phobia and make my first homemade one, you have to throw this beauty into the works?
    Oh, alright, if you insist. :)

  36. I was just looking at some triangular creations in Bo Friburg’s book. These look great. So pretty.

  37. what an awesome idea! Creative, inventive, interesting.

  38. This is such a brilliant idea!

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