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Your favorite 'Cake Bible' recipe?

I just got my copy of Beranbaum's 'Cake Bible' and haven't decided where to start. I'm hoping you might be able to share which of her recipes are your favorites. Thanks!

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  1. Are you looking to just make a cake, or to do a major project? I thoroughly enjoyed teh process of making the Queen Bee cake, but that is many steps. I do recommend that honey buttercream. I am very fond of one of her chocolate cake recipes, but I can't remember off hand which it is. I use her whipped chocolate ganache as a filling very regularly. I think you'll like everything! The cream pound cake is also delicious.

    1. I got that book many months ago and I have yet to bake anything from it, though I am dying to do so soon. In fact I got the Bread Bible and Pie/Pastry Bibles too. All look great. I need a snowy day to get started. I want to make the buttermilk cake or pound cake to start, then work my way up.

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      1. re: Ora

        This is exactly how I feel. I was so excited to get it but I just keep flipping through it and needed a little push to pick a recipe to try. I'd love to hear what you think when you start your.

      2. I've only made the Chocolate Domingo cake so far, but it became my favorite chocolate cake on first bite! No frosting is needed, just decorate with a stencil and some powdered sugar.

        1. The Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte is to die for. I serve it with the Rasberry Sauce (which, by the way, freezes beautifully) and a few fresh raspberries and guests swoon over it.

          The Sour Cream Coffeee Cake is terrific. I usually make the version with the sliced, frozen peaches. It's light and delicious, and keeps surprisingly well. I'll often have this on hand as a breakfast treat or for afternoon tea when I have overnight guests.

          Her All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake is my go-to white cake for both cakes and cupcakes.

          The Cordon Rose Banana Cake with Sour Cream Ganache is wonderful and so is the Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake.

          I also happen to like her Mousseline Buttercream. That's a go-to for me as well. But I know a lot of people have problems with it. Both butter (and kitchen!) need to be the proper temperature or it will curdle. Never happened to me, but I gather it has for lots of others.

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          1. re: JoanN

            The banana cake may be in the lead right now. Thanks so much for all your suggestions. Exactly what I was looking for!

            1. re: azturtle

              Oh, great idea. the banana cake is delicious, as is the sour cream ganache she suggests to go with it.

              1. re: milklady

                banana cake with sour cream ganache is my very favorite recipe out of that book.

                1. re: jeanmarieok

                  The banana cake is great. Though I personally found the ganache to be a bit strong for the delicate banana flavor. I would go lightly-- maybe just ganache on top and not down the sides.

                  I made the Yule Log this Christmas with the raspberry whip cream and it was a huge hit.

                  1. re: Procrastibaker

                    The banana cake is lovely and I do love it with chocolate but I use quite a bit less than the recipe suggests.

                    I also like the buttermilk cake with saucy berries and the All Occasion Downy.

                    1. re: JudiAU

                      Those are my two favorites - banana cake and buttermilk cake. I think there's also an almond cake that was lovely with raspberry coulis.

          2. Haven't used it for ages, but I love the White Spice Cake and the Grand Marnier Bundt Cake. Also her pancake recipe.