Will 2012 be the year for layer cakes? I don’t know, but I’d happily embrace that trend if it were to catch on. So let’s hope for a year of exciting and/or really good cake recipes. Until then, here’s a round-up of my favorites.
For chocolate cake, here are 9 favorites plus the 10th favorite that came later.
Perfect yellow cake takes more attention to detail, so a lot of people just turn to cake mix, including the people at Bon Appetit, who did a taste test of favorite box cake mixes. The taste test was helpful, but by no means should you give up on making a perfect scratch yellow cake if you haven’t done so already. If your goal is to master a truly light, tight-crumbed, soft yellow cake, 2012 is the year to try one of these:
If you like the idea of a homemade strawberry cake, here’s a beautiful pink, scratch strawberry cake with a cream cheese icing.
But if you’ll take red over pink, red velvet is the way to go. This is our family’s favorite.
And there’s Italian Cream Cake, easy to forget about but always a crowdpleaser.
And hummingbird cakee, which is a combination of banana and pineapple.
If you’d prefer coconut with your pineapple, try this one. The seven minute icing makes it special.
People around here really like German Chocolate cake, which I make with two 8 inch layers.
And for those of you who like carrot cake, this recipe is pretty reliable. I’m still trying to find a recipe similar to the one served at Gibson’s in Chicago, with lots of dark brown sugar and a crumbly texture, but this one is traditional and very good.
And this one’s good too, especially if you just can’t get enough eggnog.
Dreaming of summer already? This Key Lime Layer Cake happens to be very easy.
But if you want something even easier and like using cake mix, then there’s this one, which is not summery at all.
Those are my top layer cakes, but I’m hoping to add to the list this year.