Who doesn’t like cake? I’m sure there are some curmudgeonly souls out there who don’t like cake, but we’ll just look at the bright side of that and think, more for us!
While folks who don’t like cake are few and far between, there are lots of opinions on the best kind of cake. Of course, there are those who say they never met a cake they didn’t like, they probably still have one kind that is their very favorite. From simple classics to more elaborate confections, there are many thoughts on the best kind of cake.
Angel food cake to devil’s food cake, birthday cake to wedding cake, for some they can’t choose a favorite.
After being together for nearly eight years, I just recently learned that my husband’s favorite cake is Black Forest. My Great-Uncle Ken told me at Easter that his favorite was pineapple upside down cake. This is my mother-in-law’s favorite as well.
“I have very fond memories of my mother making pineapple upside down cake. That wonderful smell would fill the entire house. Then the moment when Mom would flip the hot cake fresh from the oven onto a plate. All that wonderful syrup oozing down the sides and glistening over the pineapple rings with cherries in the center. It was a work of art and so delicious. My favorite piece was always a corner piece. I loved how the corners were so crispy with the baked in sugar and butter,” she said.
My dad’s favorite cake is German Chocolate. Two years ago for his birthday my husband and I made the German Chocolate cake recipe from a very famous restaurant in New York City called Serendipity 3. My dad and godmother, who share the same birth date, proclaimed it the best they’d ever had. It was quite time consuming to make and we dirtied up about every pan in the entire kitchen though and Morgan swore we’d never make it again.
At Easter I usually make a coconut cake, but this year my dad requested a five-flavor pound cake. My husband had never heard of five-flavor pound cake. During this baking adventure, I also learned that my husband dislikes anything with almond flavoring in it. Dad and Uncle Ken said they really enjoyed the pound cake, but I admit my favorite is still my Great-Aunt Grace’s lemon pound cake.
There is something about the simplicity of a pound cake, said my friend Latora.
“Served with lightly drizzled icing or none at all. The simpler, the better,” she said.
There are a lot of chocolate cake lovers out there. Red Velvet is another classic that folks love.
“Dad did not like cream cheese icing so Mom put German Chocolate cake icing with pecans and coconut on her Red Velvet cake. Double Yum,” said my friend LuAnn.
Carrot cake is another flavor that seems to be popular, though making the perfect one can be a challenge according to my friend and colleague Bill.
“I love cake. I bought a book titled ‘I Was Told There’d Be Cake’ even though I was reasonably sure it wasn’t actually about cake. My favorite book is Rose Levy Beranbaum’s ‘The Cake Bible.’ The chocolate-smeared pages of my autographed copy fall open to some of my favorite cake recipes,” said Bill. “But my favorite cake is carrot cake. A bakery in Westchester County, NY, called ‘Sweet Things’ makes the best one. I have spent my life trying to recreate their version of carrot cake, but never with complete success. The closest I ever came was our wedding cake when Lynda and I got married. Mom piped the garlands and flowers onto the cake while standing in the freezer door because otherwise, the humidity of June in North Carolina wilted the cream cheese frosting immediately. And though the perfect carrot cake eludes me, I’ve never had a bad one.”
In my survey of cake lovers, it seems that mothers make the very best ones, no matter the flavor.
“My mom makes a strawberry layer cake every June,” said Amber. “It has strawberries in the cake and in the icing. It’s pink and beautiful. It’s best right out the fridge, and it tastes exactly like the beginning of summer. I have been known to lick the plate to get every speck of the icing!”
Do you have a favorite cake recipe? If so, I’d love to give it a try. Email the recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.