This is a recipe I got from our local newscast from the lady named Mary Ida, who makes them here in Md. She states that you can make the cake layers as thin or thick as you like them, it's all in your taste. You can also use any type of icing...strawberry creme, german chocolate, peach creme, etc., but she used the icing below the most. Times below are estimates...I have not personally made this cake yet...Yet! lol I will have to make 4 layers at a time since I only have 4 cake pans, and I'll probably be making mine an 8 layer) so that's how I got 24 min. cook time. If you make the layers thicker, they'll of course have to bake longer.