I am looking for new cake recipes to try out for layered cakes, vanilla chocolate and red velvet.
Also to those who do wedding cakes - Is a pound cake most common ?
Thank you everyone!
Here are some I'm fond of:
Elizabeth Marek's: http://artisancakecompany.com/cake-and-buttercream-recipe/
Carole Walter's: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070821131914AAK6Yhd
Here's my carrot cake recipe:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/4 cups oil or applesauce
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts, optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare two 9” pans or one 12” cakepan or one 9”x 13” sheet pan by greasing the pan and lining with parchment or wax paper.
Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix together for about 2 mins. Add nuts and raisins last.
Pour batter in prepared cakepans and bake for approx. 45 to 50 minutes.
Here is my proportional cheesecake recipe:
For chocolate cheesecake: melt and then slightly cool 8 oz (about 224 grams) chocolate and mix in for one cheesecake.
I make monthly birthday cakes for work, so get lots of feedback. Two chocolate cakes that I just made this past month that were BIG hits: Rich Guinness Cake, and Mexican Chocolate Cake with Lime & Cream Cheese Frosting.
The Guinness cake had such a deep flavor, really rich just like the name. I was concerned that I wouldn't like the Guinness cake since I really don't like bitter things, but you can't even taste the bitter. You can taste the Guinness and it adds SUCH a wonderful depth to the chocolate.
The Mexican Chocolate had a bit of cayenne in it that really gave the chocolate a nice kick, but it was cooled off nicely by the lime & cream cheese frosting. There's not a lot in there, so neither I nor anyone at work thought it was too spicy at all. But I am in Texas where we're used to spicy, so your mileage may vary.
One more that I've read good things about but haven't tried yet is Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake. Coming from them, it must be good.
I've also made I Am Baker's Perfect White Cake and it really was good! I haven't taken it to work for feedback yet, but I thought it was great and I'm not really a fan of cake. (I know, I know - you can laugh now. I think that's why I keep getting great feedback from people from work - since I really don't care for cake, the recipes have to be really good for me to like them and want to make them. It can't be because people like free cake. Nah.)
I haven't tried Red Velvet yet, so will be watching your thread for some recommendations.