Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Draw circles on parchment paper (6, 8, 10, or 12 inches, as desired). Spray baking sheets with cooking spray. Turn the parchment over so the drawings are facing down, and place on baking sheets. Set aside.Advertisement
Whisk together almonds, 1/2 cup superfine sugar, and confectioners' sugar; set aside. In a clean mixer bowl, whisk egg whites until they form soft peaks. One tablespoon at a time, slowly add remaining 1/2 cup superfine sugar; continue to whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Fold in the nut mixture. Spread the mixture inside the circles on the prepared baking sheets to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
Bake the dacquoise (see baking times, below); then turn off the oven, and leave inside until completely cooled, about 30 minutes. Wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap, and set aside until ready to use.
Approximate meringue amounts and baking times for different-size tiers: 6-inch: 1 cup, 1 hour 35 minutes; 8-inch: 2 cups, 1 hour 45 minutes; 10-inch: 3 cups, 2 hours; 12-inch: 4 cups, 2 hours