We love cake, and we know you love it too — especially tall towers of it, piled high with layers and layers of rich, sugary frosting. A good layer cake is confectionary stratigraphy — an archaeology of sugar and flour and butter and love. Here we’ve gone to some trouble to round up the best of the best. Because life is sweet and also beautiful.

1. Chocolate Chip Layer Cake: Yeah, we’d eat that. (via Margaret in the City)

2. Salted Caramel Rose Cake: A masterpiece. An extraordinarily delicious masterpiece. (via Adventures in Cooking)

3. Cardamom Vanilla Bean Layer Cake: And this whole time we thought we were on Team Chocolate. (via Savory Simple)

4. German Chocolate Cake: Did we just eat an entire cake again? Oopsies. (via Foodie Crush)

5. Fluffy Lemon Rosemary Layer Cake: We just love the rosemary in this bright tower of sweet, lemony, cakey goodness. (via Baker Bettie)

6. Candy Bar Layer Cake: Make a layer cake because you’re fancy. Stuff it with candy because you’re reckless. (via Brit + Co.)

7. Frostbitten Raspberry Cake: This cake — truly, madly, deeply. (via Vikalinka)

8. White Chocolate Malt Layer Cake: Here’s a crown of white-chocolate malted milk balls. Sometimes eating is a true privilege. (via Hummingbird High)

9. Ice Cream Sprinkle Cake: Sprinkles — because we think you should live a rich and colorful life. (via The Moon Blush Baker)

10. Mini Celebration Cakes: The only thing cuter than a tiny cake is a tiny cake with a tiny flag. (via Dolly and Oatmeal)

11. Strawberry Funfetti Cake: Pretty in pink. (via Style Sweet CA)

12. Black Forest Mousse Cake: Best in show. (via Sweet Gastronomy)

13. Croatian Vijela Pita: Let the gratuitous powdered sugar application commence. (via Mogwai Soup)

14. White Chocolate Espresso Cake: Caffeine-spiked cake… because drinking your coffee is so gauche. (via Pastry Affair)

15. Ombre Candy Corn Cake: Ombre. It’s a lifestyle. (via Brit + Co.)

16. Kitchen Sink Layer Cake: The first rule is there are no rules. (via My Name is Yeh)

17. Baumkuchen: Real life. (via The Kiwi Cook)

18. S’more Layer Cake: Campfire optional. (via Sweet Sugar Bean)

19. Double Rainbow Cake: If Lisa Frank had a birthday party, we would bake her this cake. (via Brit + Co.)

20. Rosemary Corn Cake With Honey Brown Butter Buttercream: Today, the day you fell in love with a recipe. (via Adventures in Cooking)

What’s your frosting fantasy? Sprinkles or chocolate chips? Talk to us in the comments or say hi on Twitter.