Light and airy cakes that use seasonal fruit reign supreme in spring and summer, while richer, spiced cakes are the ideal way to end a fall or winter time meal. We’ve rounded up cake resources that will answer all of your burning questions and give you a solid foundation of knowledge. You’ll be stacking layers and rolling fondant in no time.
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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Bourbon goes into the cake batter, the minty syrup that’s brushed over the cake and in the finishing glaze. It’s a great make-ahead cake that even novice bakers can easily pull off.
Rub butter inside the pan, then sprinkle a small amount of flour over it. This keeps the cake from sticking to the pan while it bakes. Put the pan in the middle of your oven’s bottom rack, and set the time for 30 minutes. Check on your cake at the 25-minute mark to make sure it’s not overbaking. Slide a toothpick into the center of the cake to see if it’s done. This ensures that the heat stays in the oven as long as possible.
Truly, an elegant, simply frosted cake doesn’t need a field of piped flowers or a bucket of technicolor sprinkles to garner admiration . “I am a pastry chef, and this is the only chocolate cake that I will make from now on.” — ZZZORBA.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in dessert heaven and just so happen to be the star ingredients in this super simple cake. Adding a cup of smooth peanut butter to chocolate cake mix gives it a Reese’s-like flavor that’s guaranteed to be a hit with adults and kids alike. Don’t be fooled by the simple nature of this olive oil cake, a recipe that comes from Lidia Bastianich’s grandmother. While the one-bowl assembly makes it easy to pull together, the cake is wonderfully tender and full of citrus flavor. Enjoy a slice as is or dress it up with whipped cream or poached fruit for a special occasion. Homemade caramel is the key to this standout layer cake. The secret to Milk Bar’s intensely flavored corn cake?