Yes, 5 layers. It would have been 6, but my dear hubby decided he needed a snack. I'm resourceful though, so I crumbled the rest of that layer and used it to decorate the sides of the cake. I got the basic recipe from one of my favorite blogs - bakerella -http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake/ It's a great recipe! Now I have to tell you why I made this cake. It's a little embarrassing. I was baking a wedding cake, and I had already baked all of the chocolate layers (6), and I was moving on to the 3 middle layers. I gathered all of my ingredients and realized I didn't have everything I needed to make red velvet cake! I had 40 minutes left on the timer for my last 16" base layer, so I ran to the nearest store for the missing items. I hurried home with a few minutes to spare, and started making the red velvet batter. As I started mixing everything, I realized they hadn't even ordered red velvet! I was supposed to be making spice cake! That explained why I didn't have all of the right ingredients! So instead of wasting all of this batter, I divided it between 6 pans. Oh well. Lesson learned! All of my co-workers got to enjoy cake that night!