"Not too rich" Birthday Cake
I ask my secretary what kind of cake she wants for her birthday (I try to make everyone here what they like around that time). Her response..."something not too rich". She's not a big chocolate fan, so that helps narrow the field some. I need ideas people!!!
she may be responding to the current fashion of piles of ganache separated by thin layers of cake! I would agree that these cakes seem like mere excuses for chocolate and sugar overloads.
A nice butter cake should not taste too rich, and can be very simple glazed instead of frosted. Or it can be finished with a dusting of powdered sugar. Or served alone with a side of whipped cream or ice cream/sorbet.
Maybe a nice gingerbread with whipped cream on the side.
How about a jam roll? These are fun to make and pretty to serve.
I recently made Ina Garten's lemon angel food cake and it came out beautifully. I was really pleased with it, esp. since it was my first attempt at making AF cake.
If you want to add some kind of topping to it, a quick glaze of confectioner's sugar and lemon juice was a nice touch. I dribbled it lightly over the cake and let it run down the sides a bit. Then, I let the glaze sit for a few minutes to stiffen.
I didn't use a specific recipe for the glaze, just stirred confectioner's sugar and lemon juice in my stand mixer until it was the consistency I wanted. I started with a ratio of 1 cup confectioner's sugar to 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and gradually added more juice.