If you're looking for something delicious and fun to put everyone in the Fat Tuesday spirit, try out this Mardi Gras-themed tie-dye cake.
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Listed in my grandmother's worn out, handwritten recipe book as "Sweet Story Cake," this sweet and tender cake is a delightful combination of maraschino cherries, almond flavoring, and crunchy nuts.
If you're already sick of pumpkin, but searching for a dessert that can feed a holiday crowd, look no further than The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook's German chocolate cake. Crunchy, chewy frosting is spread between sweet and simple chocolate cake. It's an intersection of coconut, chocolate, and toasted pecan that's deeply satisfying.
In this ode to candy corn, a buttery, tri-color cake is layered with buttercream frosting and enrobed in chocolate ganache. It's the perfect un-scary Halloween cake.
Not all of us were Boy Scouts, but we know a s'more when we see one. Say It With Cake has built a super-sized version with whipped ganache and a sturdy Swiss meringue. It even gets toasted under the torch.
Though not as decadent as some other Say It With Cake creations, the clever combination of blackberries and mint is cool and refreshing, and doesn't take a whole lot of effort to whip up.
Move over carrot cake! This spiced zucchini cake may just become your new favorite vector for cream cheese frosting.
This tall, moist cake is swathed in a creamy sour cream chocolate frosting and gets a salty kick from crunchy pretzels.
I've dubbed this gorgeously rich, moist cake The Dark Knight, as it's a tall, glowering tower of chocolate intensity.
A messier version of the Hungarian seven-layer Dobos Torte, this cake combines the classic flavors of chocolate and caramel, suspending them between moist layers of yellow cake. Old School Comfort Food gives the recipe.
If you love Drake's Funny Bones, you'll go peanuts over this super rich layer cake.
As far as chocolate cakes go, this one is the ultimate in decadence, hence its name. The moist cake is hugged tightly by smooth buttercream, and thick blanket of ganache on top seals the goodness in with a kiss. There's no escaping this cake, so don't even try.
New Orleans may be best known around these parts for beignets and King Cake, but when it comes time to celebrate your birthday in the Big Easy, it's the over the top Doberge Cake—that's pronounced DOUGH-bash for the folks at home—that steals the show.
Your party guests will never guess this cake is gluten-free. Moist and tender with a good bit of bounce, it will put your everyday gluten-y carrot cake to shame.
Signature desserts are a secret plague on my industry. Ask any well-known pastry chef and they'll likely tell you how tired they are of their signature treat. For me that dish was a Peanut Butter Banana Layer Cake, which, a little to my dismay, became a run-away hit.
When you're eating gluten-free, the last thing you want to feel is singled out when it comes to dessert. But this lemon layer cake deserves special attention simply because it's that good.
Crisp-shelled, marshmallow-chewy meringues are layered with lightly sweetened butter into a cloudy white cake that's an unexpected surprise.
Professional cake makers have a little secret up their sleeves that they don't want you to know about. Next time you're enjoying a piece of wedding cake and wondering how the baker achieves such perfectly uniform layers of cake, here is one possible answer: The cake layers are actually punched out from single sheets of cake. Some layers may even be pieced together from the scraps left over from punching out other circles or squares.