Posted this last nigh, perhaps in the wrong forum....Hope I get some help here
ok, so i am pretty new to baking and decorating cake. I have decided to make a gum ball machine cake for my daughters birthday and gave it a trial run, I used pound cake, but I wasn't real pleased with the way it tasted. The cake turned out pretty good as far a decor goes. So my question is, what are some really good cakes that I could use for this particular cake? Would it need to be such a dense cake since I will have rowels in to support the globe and gum balls? You help is greatly appreciated, I really want to serve something that looks great but is also satisfying in flavor as well! Thanks in Advance!
Unless you're totally committed to scratch baking, I would recommend the WASC (white almond sour cream) cake recipe in the recipe section here. It's a doctored cake mix and comes out great every time. You can make it the flavor you want and it's dense enough to carve. Since the cake will be properly supported, you don't need to worry about its being dense enough to hold up. You can make it with a white, yellow or chocolate base (or any other flavor cake mix) and substitute juices, coffee creamers or alcoholic drinks for the liquid and add flavorings to your heart's content.