I have another birthday I'll be baking for. I love using new recipes as opposed to reusing my tried and true. The last time I did this, I ended up with a dry cake and ermine frosting that never came together--it was a mess, from what should be a trustworthy cookbook, no less. What are your favorite cakes--layer or otherwise (even cupcakes would do)--but should be somewhat festive?
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Another cake I make frequently is Bakerella's Peanut Butter Cake http://www.bakerella.com/got-milk-i-hope-so%e2%80%a6/
You won't go wrong with either!
That Barrington Brewery cake is one of my faves. I adapted it into cupcakes a couple of years ago: http://www.food52.com/recipes/2899_chocolate_stout_cupcakes I'm making it tomorrow for my daughter's 16th birthday and adding some red food color for a red velvet-style cake. Hope it works!
Sam that is an awesome bleeding armadillo. Never heard of Discworld. SyFy?
Another cake recipe I love is Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake. Made it last year for my daughter's TARDIS cake. Lemony and moist.