Recipes That Really Take The (Birthday) Cake
After I met him, my husband told me, “I’ve got three kids and go to a lot of birthday parties. Let me tell you what the kids like: frosting. The cake? It’s always left on the plate.”
Man, do I love a challenge. I’ve made many a cake in the past five years, what with having two of my own kids and inheriting his. If there were a Cake Island, I could have populated it with a multicultural mix of sweet, frosted huddled masses. You know what’s never been left on any plate at any of my parties? Cake.
Just last week, the kids were scandalized to arrive on my birthday to find me baking. “You think I would entrust my birthday cake to some stranger?”, I snipped. Nothing doing. My reputation grew in the family, until one in my brood even requested a wedding cake for his 10th birthday, and uh — well — let’s just say he had a three-layer-cake that was very interesting looking, although not quite up to William and Kate standards. And it was tasty, with nothing left on the plate!
Here are some of our favorite cake recipes for you to play around with. The Texas Sheet Cake, baked in a jelly-roll sheet (a cookie sheet with low sides), is a no-fail classic that can feed a horde of relatives in the park. A meringue topping will work for any cake, a spectacular replacement for frosting. And oh, goodness, what a great idea for a non-cake cake for those who really don’t dig dessert (I’d make it with a layer of bacon!)
I’ve even included a tutorial on how to bake a cake from scratch. (The Internet abounds with recipes that call for boxed cake mix. Don’t do it! You can alter this recipe instead.) Now, count the candles and blow.
Who want more cake? Make these great dessert recipes!