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Produce Addict Jan 23, 2007 08:33 AM

I'm looking to bake a cake for my SO's birthday. I'm looking for something interesting/sophisticated, WITHOUT CHOCOLATE, with some interesting flavor, maybe with nuts or liquer or fruit? I'd love any and all suggestions. Oh, BTW smaller cakes are better since we won't be serving a crowd. Thanks!!

  1. blue room Jan 23, 2007 12:52 PM

    I would make the "Beehive Cake" @ the Food Network site, it's a favorite for fancy looks AND flavor,
    or a Coconut Cheesecake (I have a recipe if you're interested.)

    1. p
      Produce Addict Jan 31, 2007 12:12 PM

      The beehive cake looks great and I might end up making it. But still just looking for more ideas so I'm bumping this up. Maybe something Austrian like a torte?

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        LauraB Jan 31, 2007 12:49 PM

        I recently made a cake for a friend's birthday that was not necessarily fancy, but was very tasty. It was 2 layers of yellow cake with a layer of lemon curd and raspberry jam mixed together as the filling between the layers and frosted with cream cheese frosting. I skipped this part since I forgot to buy them at the store, but I had been planning to arrange fresh raspberries on the cake to make it prettier.

        1. bolivianita Jan 31, 2007 01:17 PM

          I saw a beautiful cake in a Martha Stewart magazine with poppyseeds and grapefruit. it was all in layers and looked so pretty. Never did try that one...

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            cheryl_h Jan 31, 2007 01:27 PM

            My favorite celebration cake is a dacquoise, which is basically a meringue with part of the sugar replaced by ground nuts. Most recipe specify ground almonds or ground hazelnuts. You bake it in pans, then sandwich the layers with something nice and rich. One favorite of mine is simple whipped cream, sweeetened a little, with fresh or frozen raspberries. The combination of toasty nuts, cream and raspberries is delightful.

            1. yayadave Jan 31, 2007 02:10 PM

              I thought of this when I first read your post, but after taking another look at it, I thought it looked like a LOT of work. But since you posted again, well, here 'tis. Burnt Almond Torte

              http://www.post-gazette.com/food/2001...

              1. chowser Jan 31, 2007 02:51 PM

                For something simple, Italian Cream Cake is good. It has pecans and coconut.

                http://food.southernliving.com/southe...

                You can make it look fancy by how you decorate it.

                1. LAcupcake Jan 31, 2007 03:35 PM

                  I made an english toffee cake for a party a few weeks ago using a recipe provided by TorontoJo for inspiration:
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359676
                  It was really impressive looking (important for birthday cakes!), sort of like a composed english trifle. I think the liquor really made it...

                  1. rachaels Jan 31, 2007 06:39 PM

                    I love red velvet. Saveur just had a great recipe for one (you can find it on the website) with crushed pecans on the side. I make it at least once a month. Made it for Christmas and it was elegant and gorgeous.

                    1. Emme Jan 31, 2007 09:51 PM

                      Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread done in loaf pans for maximized gooey topping... epicurious

                      Tyler's Ultimate Cheesecake foodtv.com

                      1. emily Feb 1, 2007 02:39 PM

                        I don't know if you have the relatively new Tartine baking book, but there is a Passion Fruit Lime Bavarian in it that sounds great. Description: lime-moistened sponge with passion fruit Bavarian topped with sweetened cream and coconut.

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                          coconutz Feb 1, 2007 07:43 PM

                          That is an amazing cake, I have had it from the Bakery. It is my favorite cake.

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                            Jeanne1116 Feb 4, 2008 10:14 AM

                            I don't have that book but I'd love to make the passion fruit bavarian....

                          2. pitu Feb 1, 2007 02:42 PM

                            cranberry upside-down cake, made with sour milk or buttermilk -- the tang is fabulous

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                              bbc Feb 1, 2007 06:35 PM

                              how about a cake with pistachios and cardamon?

                              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

                              if you want a buttery cake this might not be for you, but it's light and really different, and if you've made other cakes it's not that labor intensive, except maybe the petals.

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                                coconutz Feb 1, 2007 07:52 PM

                                White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
                                This is a wonderful cake to make if you are familiar with making the components, genoise etc. (I referenced Julia Child for technique.) It is a bit involved but so lovely. It has white chocolate,not really chocolate and it really doesn't register as a chocolate type item. The raspberry and creaminess is what registers.

                                It is sophisticated and not overly sweet like some cake. Definately for a special occasion and it will be a production to make it, but well worth it.
                                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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                                  Produce Addict Feb 6, 2007 07:41 AM

                                  I'm reporting back. Thank you so much for all these wonderful suggestions. I definitely want to try some in the future. In the end SO chose a somewhat-simpler cake, an almond orange torte with orange sauce and marsala from epicurious. It was quite tasty though the presentation was much more plain. I am particularly intrigued by the dacquoise suggestion.

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