Post # 1
hi everyone, i volunteered to bake 2 cakes for a friend’s wedding next weekend. they don’t need to look like wedding cakes–in fact she would prefer that they be different and look homey. There are about 8 other friends who have volunteered to bake as well.
I have been looking online for cake recipes but haven’t found any that really appeal to me. I’m looking for something relatively simple with easy to find ingredients…the most important thing is that it is delicous!
please post your favorite recipes or links 🙂
Post # 3
What flavor are you looking for? I would definitely check out the cakes Deb has over on Smitten Kitchen. I’ve made a bunch of them (the yellow birthday cake, the hazelnut brown butter cake, the cakes in the wedding cake she made were all wonderful.)
Post # 4
Good call, Lilyfaith. I’ve never baked anything from Smitten Kitchen and had it be less than divine. She also has a tutorial on baking wedding cakes on her blog.
Post # 5
I definitely third smitten kitchen. She also has some tips for baking layer cakes that are really helpful! She is a kitchen goddess!
Post # 6
I absolutely LOVE this coconut tres leche cake from Chow.com. It has to stay in the pan until you serve it (not a pretty iced cake) but it’s ridiculously delicious and I get rave reviews every time I make it. In general, everything I’ve made from chow.com is awesome!
Post # 7
My absolute favorite simple cake is 1-2-3-4 cake from Alice Waters’ cookbook. Here’s the recipe: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/on-not-eating-the-batter/
It’s super simple, but has always worked perfectly. We’ve also made it with lemon zest and juice added to the batter.
Post # 8
@oakster – Alice Waters = LOVE.
Post # 9
omg! i need recipes too, im baking five nine inches cakes for my wedding.
i will give you the one i will use for sure. is so easy ans it taste wonderful:
my advice with this cake is to make it the day before so you can let it set. it is soooo good. trust me. and fool proof
Post # 10
Check out howtoeatacupcake.net Also, you can make any cupcake recipe into a cake recipe. They all started as cake recipes anyway.
Post # 11
This isn’t fancy, but it will get you tons of compliments. I’ve made a million cakes from scratch, but this one (pardon the pun) takes the cake!! People go ga-ga over it’s moist, chocolatey goodness!
The only thing I changed is that I use 1/2c of oil instead of an entire (!) cup 🙂
Post # 12
These all look great! I found this recipe for apple cake on smitten kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/09/moms-apple-cake/#more-817
it’s awesome because i think it looks festive enough, yet there is no evening of layers or icing involved.
I am going to try some of the others this weekend to practice…I’ll bring them into work on Monday so we don’t eat all of them. Does anybody have any good icing recipes?
Post # 13
This cake is the opposite of fancy, but it is definitely homey and different. I made it for a sunday dinner at my parents’ house and everyone went crazy for it, including my husband who gagged when I told him I was making ‘Prune Cake’ lol.
Post # 14
I just made these, but we had so much batter left over that we made 2 small cakes out of them. They were delicious, but use a mellow roast coffee, nothing too bitter 🙂 We definitely did not use the frosting recipe as all the reviews said that it did not set correctly, so we made a different frosting.
Post # 15
Ok, my Darling Husband loves strawberry cake and it is quite common at his family functions. I must say Ms. Paula Dean herself has a new, very easy strawberry cake recipe on her website. You can either do cake or cupcakes (as I did). YUM YUM!
Post # 16
Cake Central http://cakecentral.com/ has a large database of recipes for cakes, icings, fondants and fillings.