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Cake Ideas

I'm trying to come up with a birthday cake and I need some flavor ideas. I know it has to have some chocolate (dark) in it. I love almond flavors. I was thinking a chocolate cake frosted with almond cream cheese frosting. I also love pistachio, coconut, coffee...any ideas? Any great cakes that you've had in the past?

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  1. Use the "Cake Bible" for sure. Try a mousseline buttercream with brown sugar instead of white.

    1. If you like chocolate, try White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake
      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
      An awkward name, for sure, and a bit time-consuming, but well worth it in my opinion. I made it a few years ago and it was a huge success.

      1. I'm not really into white chocolate though...

        1. chocolate cake filled with a mix of coffee buttercream and crushed almond praline, smooth a thin layer of buttercream on top/sides to cover, then pour with a dark chocolate glaze & garnish with dramatic shards of almond praline (just caramelize sugar, add sliced almonds & spread thin on Silpat, crush some for the filling & save some for the top)

          1. Ina Garten did an easy looking chocolate cake, called Beatty's on her show today.

            You can find the recipe on the foodtv.com website.