I love to use the WASC cake recipe and do so quite frequently. However, I am also looking into making more "scratch" recipes. I do have several cook books that are from the 1970's and 1980's that have cake recipe sections in them but I am looking to buy something new that is just basically cakes.
So, I'm wondering if anyone has any favorite cook books with cake recipes that you have made and loved! If you could recommend one or two books, what would they be?
My favorite is The Cake Bible. Loads of great recipes inside. I highly recommend it.
Good Luck and Happy Baking
I highly recommend The Cake Bible and The Whimsical Bakehouse. The Cake Bible has alot of analysis on why cakes and buttercreams do what they do - Rose can get quite technical! But I've found some people don't like her cakes because they are drier than your typical american cake from a mix. (her mixing method is different that the creaming method). I've had good luck with tons of her buttercreams and cakes and I love the end where it has scaling for larger cakes. I've also had good luck with the WBH - I've made their buttercreams and their ganache is awesome and I've made many of their cakes.
Rose's Heavenly cakes is supposedly an improvement on some of the Cake Bible recipes. You could look into that too. I've only tried 3 of the Cake bible recipes and they were unimpressive. I still think it's a great book though. The buttercreams look like they would work, and the analyses of recipes can be a guide to developing your own recipes in the future.
Thank you all for your responses! I will definitely check these books out.
I Like Roses's Heavenly Cakes. however, there are recipes for other kinds of cakes in the book, such as coffee cake, bundt cake, e.t.c. I just made red velvet cake from the book, it was wonderful!