HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Tell us about it

Cake Ideas

izzizzi Mar 16, 2007 08:08 PM

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?

  1. c
    chocofan Mar 16, 2007 10:40 PM

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

    1. QueenB Mar 17, 2007 08:48 AM

      If you like chocolate, try White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake
      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. izzizzi Mar 17, 2007 08:58 AM

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

        1. babette feasts Mar 17, 2007 09:06 AM

          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. mcel215 Mar 17, 2007 11:12 AM

            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.

            1. b
              bite bite Mar 17, 2007 11:24 AM

              Not a layer cake -- but my favorite is the Sharffen Berger "Riich Chocolate Cake" (adapted from Chez Panisse deserts) - delicious, moist rich. (Be sure to use the glaze recipe on same site). My favoite of the chocolate recipes I've made this year.
              The recipe does have some ground almond in this -- but more for texture than taste. You could pump up the almond by adding amaretto or almond extract and, riffing on babette's delicious-sounding suggestion above, top with some almond praline if you wanted to get more of an almond bang.

              Might be worth checking out their other chocolate recipes as well -- haven't steered me wrong thus far.

              1. Deenso Mar 17, 2007 11:34 AM

                This is a single-layer chocolate/nut cake that I got from Staunton's Fine Cooking's Fine cooking, October/November 2001 issue. I've made it several times for dinner parties. It's certainly not a traditional birthday cake, but I don't see why you couldn't stick a few candles on the top.


                3 Replies
                1. re: Deenso
                  izzizzi Mar 17, 2007 03:01 PM

                  That's a beautiful picture!

                  1. re: Deenso
                    mirage Mar 18, 2007 06:26 AM

                    I've made this cake a bunch of times. It's very good and always beautiful.

                    1. re: Deenso
                      Old Spice Mar 19, 2007 04:47 AM

                      This recipe sounds like an updated version of a childhood favorite chocolate sheetcake that my sister and I still make. Thanks for sharing it.

                    2. shindiganna Mar 18, 2007 07:59 PM

                      Devil's food with Peanut Butter frosting. Tastes like a Funny Bone

                      1. p
                        piccola Mar 19, 2007 05:42 PM

                        Try Martha's chocolate-ginger cake.

                        Show Hidden Posts