Two of my friends had birthdays this week. So I made a two layer cake. And doubled the recipe. And ended up with one HUGE cake. Which cake? David Lebovitz's Devil's Food Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache.
I used to find layer cakes intimidating, but they really aren't much more work than a single cake. You just have to butter two pans and frost a marginally greater surface area. Try it! It makes for such a cute layered slice. David does a great job of explaining the process with his recipe here. While you're there, if you haven't already, explore the blog. He's a great baker.