(Closed) What is your favorite cake recipe?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@Asia:  Bumping because I’d like to know but I’m not really much of a baker (so no suggestions from me). Just a word of advice: I’ve heard that texture is really important in wedding cakes if they’re going to be tiered. It seems that some super moist cakes don’t hold up well to stacking.

Hope you get some good suggestions!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My favorite is Cooks Illustrated German Chocolate Cake. It’s a favorite with my friends and they are always requesting it for potlucks.

If you plan on making your wedding cake, I woudl buy a subscription to Cook Illustrated. They have tested and re-tested all their recipes. I would also make it easy and not plan to creat tiers. I would buy cake stands in various heights like this

http://www.koyalwholesale.com/p16904/jeweled-white-round-cake-stand-set-set-of-3-cake-stands.html

Maybe not jewled like that, but you get the idea.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is my favourite and never comes out wrong. its very rich. almost like a giant chocolate brownie but it always goes down well with friends and family.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/

Its obviuosly a UK repcipe so the units would need to be converted but shouldnt be too hard.

Here are a few of these i have made…

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@Asia:  

 

Wilton makes some great item!  For someone who has never made a tiered cake, I would suggest this:

 

 

 

 

You can decorate the top of the cakes with fresh flowers and is the easiest way to get the tiered look without any collapsing.

 

πŸ™‚

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

When I ate gluten, I used to make the old standby Betty Crocker silver cake recipe for every holiday with a mint buttercream, and people loved it.  It’s moist and light, but still has a great crumb and stands up well to layering. 

When I used to work as a wedding planner, the thing that was critical to cakes was to not make the layers too high nor too dense, and to have the right kind of frosting helping hold everything together.  Buttercream needs to be really stiff, made in the French way, otherwise it will melt on a hot day.  Jam fillings will leak.  Fondant is sturdy but not terribly tasty.  A good crumb coat helps, whatever you pick.  And be restrained with decorating.  Flowers are a good option, just make sure you tell your florist what you’re using them for so that they’re not chemically treated in any way.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

if you plan to stack i wouldnt suggest trying my ultimate chocolate cake. it will collapse as its a very moist dense cake. Its perfect for a birthday cake or for use on a stand but not for stacking.

The more simple sponge cake recipes work the best for stacking as they are light.

I have actually had great success using boxed cake mixture from somewhere like wiltons. they are so easy, all you need to do is add water. they have never failed to turn out for me and taste great.

I think if you follow tutorials to the letter on youtibe on stacking using dowels you will be fine. just make sure the put the large dowel through the whole of the cake including through all the boards to keep it upright!

invest in a proper tiered cake box too to transport to your venue

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I created this cake for my BF’s daughter baby shower…The top tier is made of chocolate per the request of her daughter. It is a white cake with homemade whipped cream frosting. The cake was a hit and there wasnt anything left. To keep the cake from falling use cake dowels or straws. I used cake circle under each layer to support the dowels and it held up well.

 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@Asia:  

So glad you’ll be practicing! (I was imagining a freakout days before your big day!) πŸ™‚

As a self taught cake decorator(who has made MANY wedding cakes), I can tell you that it is not as hard as it looks.

Check out Wilton’s site for tips, etc.  And you’ll be fine!

And you have to show us your finished cake!

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