Making a cake for an uncle as a surprise. I want something that's fairly traditional but that will make him feel very special. I'm comfortable baking but not a wizard.
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Whenever I need a new cake recipe I turn to marthastewart.com.Lots of great easy cakes there.
Check in Food52 Sdebrango's tender layer yellow cake recipe and her chocolate ganached frosting which won the frosting contest a few days ago.
Amanda's dump-it cake gets a lot of press around here. It's super simple and foolproof. I like the idea of using the contest winning chocolate ganache frosting. I make a very similar salted caramel ganache frosting that is a true winner. If you don't want to do the yellow cake, i usually pair it with a chocolate cake. I use this one: http://m.foodnetwork.com...
If you want something more seasonal, I've also had great luck with the applesauce cake with caramel glaze. Te faulknerian spice cake has also been on my list of to-tries
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This one is a long-standing family favorite with quite a story behind it:
You can also try a cake i just added which i served for dessery tonight. It is a butter cake and no icing is needed. I served it with rasberries and whipped cream. Not sure if it is "traditional" though since it has no icing. Check Norwegian Butter Cake.
The Faulknerian Family Spice Cake is a wonderful fall cake. warmly spicy with a magic frosting that is unbelievably easy! http://food52.com/recipes...
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The only cake that qualifies as a birthday cake in my book is a layered chocolate cake. You can dress it up by adding a contrast flavoring such as orange zest or ginger. Then, apply a dark chocolate icing and decorate with curls of orange peel and shaved chocolate or edible flowers.
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Another vote for sdebrango's Tender Yellow Cake (stuffing the ballot box would be more like it, it's so good): http://food52.com/recipes... family favorite with chocolate ganache for the makings of Boston Cream Pie.
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Well played. You deserve a cookie.
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