What Is A Double Barrel Cake?

This cake tastes best on the day it’s created, so I recommend baking it for a special occasion – birthday parties, showers, dinner parties, etc.

All age groups will enjoy it. This recipe can also easily be halved if you want more decorating options.

What Is A Double Barrel Cake?

A double barrel cake is a large, round cake baked in two cylindrical pans. The cake’s height is achieved by stacking the two doughs, each baked in its pan, on top of one other.

The result is a tall, narrow cake that tapers to the top and widens again at the base. A double barrel cake can be made for everyday occasions or special moments such as birthdays or weddings.

How To Make A Double Barrel Cake?

Step 1: Make two cakes, each slightly smaller than usual, in individual loaf pans and bake them for about 20 minutes.

Step 2: Sift the sifted flour into two bowls and add a quarter cup of sugar and two teaspoons of baking powder in one bowl and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt in another.

Step 3: Using a serrated knife, cut the baked cakes off their sides but keep them intact enough to stack them on each other.

Step 4: Mix 1 ½ cups of white sugar, one cup of oil, five eggs, and one teaspoon each of vanilla and almond in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until it has a smooth consistency.

Step 5: Peel and cut the banana into tiny bits. Add them to the batter until they are completely immersed.

Step 6: Weigh down the batter with banana slices using a spatula to level them off.

Step 7: Brush the two layers with melted butter and cover them with the second layer.

Step 8: Bake the double barrel cakes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 9: Let them cool on a rack before cutting them into slices. Enjoy!

Double Barrel Cake
Double Barrel Cake

Why Is It Called Double Barrel?

The name double barrel comes from the cake’s shape. Each layer is baked in a loaf pan, and then this loaf pan is placed on top of another loaf pan on the opposite end to make a dough cylinder cake.

The term “double barrel” was coined by Napoleon, who took the name “ale-cake” and added “-el-le” to make it sound French – for example, “cannelle.”

How Many Does A Double Barrel Cake Serve?

A double barrel cake is large enough to feed many guests. It measures twenty-two inches in height and serves a total of nine slices.

The batter for this cake will fill a large bread loaf pan, and there will be enough leftover batter to fill two more pans.

How Many Layers Does A Barrel Cake Have?

A double barrel cake consists of two or three layers. Each layer is about eight inches high, so the cake is about sixteen inches tall after the layers have been stacked on top of each other.

How To Store The Double Barrel Cake?

A double barrel cake should be stored in a cake stand at room temperature. The batter will rise (almost double in size) during baking, and it is best to use this rising time to decorate the top of the cake.

If you wish to store the cake, let it cool completely first and then place it in an airtight container icing side up. About two days are sufficient for the batter to re-rise slightly and return to room temperature before serving.


A double barrel cake can be an impressive dinner party presentation. It may also be made for a smaller event, such as a shower or baby shower. These cakes are fairly easy to make, and the ingredients can come from most home kitchens.

Baking them in individual loaf pans will minimize wastage and make cleanup easier, so it is advisable to bake the cake in two separate pans simultaneously.