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The Food52 Winter Games Heat Up with the Swooshiest Cake Event

February 16, 2018

Readers, ready your forks: It's time for the next event in the Food52 Winter Games, our Olympics-inspired food face-off series. So far, we’ve seen carbs versus carbs in the Triple-Loop Noodle competition, and after this match-up we've got one very cheesy conclusion in store.

The temperatures outside may be chilly, but in the kitchen the games are heating up. Our next event is a crowd favorite: The Swooshiest Cake. Get ready to cheer your heart out for your favorite competitor confection, because only one can snag the gold. Let’s get to know the participants:

Chocolate Cake with Tahini Buttercream Moguls

Photo by Julia Gartland

Moguls are a series of bumps set in the snow of a ski course (holler if you had to look that one up, too!). They're meant to challenge freestyle skiers, forcing them to turn and jump their way down the mountain. However, in this sweet twist on the Olympic competition, we’re not after speed—we’re after finesse. Swoops of creamy, nutty tahini buttercream swirl and dip over a rich yet fluffy chocolate cake. Let’s just say we wouldn’t want to be skiing our way down this steep slope. However, we would definitely take one for the team (pun intended) and eat our way through a slice or two, possibly in record time.

Rich Lemon Cake with Swoopy Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo by Julia Gartland

Is this the most ethereal slope we've ever seen? Or is it luscious swirls of tangy, citrusy frosting? Piled high atop dense layers of lemon cake, the cream cheesy concoction is sure to score mondo points with powder hounds. Whipped until fluffy, its subtle lime flavor complements the almost fudge-like lemony interior. But will it take home the gold? Medal or not, we'll likely rip through it in no time.

Which cake & frosting team do you want to take home the gold? Cheer for your favorite in the comment section!

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Dot W. February 21, 2018
Normally I'm a citrus kind of gal, but that tahini buttercream with chocolate sounds absolutely fantastic...will the weekend ever get here so I can try it out!
Evelyn February 18, 2018
Lemon cake. There simply is no better!
Evelyn February 18, 2018
Lemon cake. There simply is no better!
AM N. February 18, 2018
Lemon Cake! It sounds so refreshing lemon 🍋
SusanR February 18, 2018
I vote chocolate tahini because of the unusual combo. I am surprised at myself because I am a citrus girl, but ... 12 cups of powdered sugar in the buttercream? Yikes! This is not to say I won’t make the lemon cake, I will, but will figure out how to make the frosting with less powdered sugar.
Megan G. February 16, 2018
The Chocolate Cake for me! Curious about the Tahini Buttercream, yum!
Catherine L. February 16, 2018
I probably am not supposed to take sides, but what the heck: I'm with you on the tahini!
HalfPint February 16, 2018
Lemon. I have a weakness for lemon anything :)
Liz D. February 16, 2018
Joy H. February 16, 2018
Wow, both sound so good! It's a close one, but I think my love for citrus would make the lemon cake squeak by for the gold.