Cake, cake, cake, cake. What even makes a cake a cake? Well, there are so many classifications of cakes that it can get a bit overwhelming. Sponge, coffee, cheese, butter, oil? It’s a long list of cake types, but who really cares? All that matters is that they are delicious.
No matter the type of cake, we know that you will probably need some flour, sugar, eggs, butter/oil, some type of liquid or puree’, and some sort of leavening agent. It may sound like a lot, but, don’t worry, it’s really simple. Here are our 7 favorite cake recipes that are easy to make but will impress everyone that tries them. Get excited.
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Imagine you are a strawberry, drizzled in maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and roasted. Then you are carefully plopped into a tangy, sweet buttermilk batter. Slightly enveloped in a buttermilk hug, you realize this cake batter is so dense and moist (sorry, we hate that word, too) you stay floating on the surface so you can still shine.
Back to reality, who wants to be a strawberry anyway? In case you couldn’t tell, here we have a delicious strawberry and buttermilk cake recipe. This is an easy cake recipe that does not need a mixer. Not only can you slice it nicely, but the presentation is stunning. Using a cast-iron skillet is a wonderful idea, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can use a cake pan. Did you know that buttermilk dates back to the 18th century? We didn’t either, we had to look that up. Fun fact!
If this cake is good enough for Oprah, then it must be the best chocolate cake ever. Now, if you are not an avid baker, we need to let you know this cake takes a little more prowess and skill. Not saying you shouldn’t attempt it because it will fill your life with decadence (assuming it isn’t already), but you will need a stand-mixer, so if you don’t own one pick a different chocolate cake to bang out. This one takes a little more time and effort, but the end result is totally worth it. If you don’t have the time or skill, you can always head over to The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn and just order a slice of it. Maybe that’s easier…
This cake boasts a slightly crunchy crust, a hint of orange, and an olive oil flavor without the grease. Never used olive oil in baking? Why not? Olive oil makes some delicious desserts, so for the time being, move over butter and let olive oil take the wheel (or the cake). We also like this recipe because you can leave out the orange and just top it off with whatever seasonal fruit you fancy. Or do both. You can also top this off with a little flaky sea salt. It’s quite good.
This Southern fruit and nut cake has a bit of a confusing history. Some say it dates back to the mid 19th century and originated in Jamaica or Australia, but the first known publication of a recipe for this cake was actually in 1978 in Southern Living magazine. Who really cares though? Just because the history is confusing, the taste sure isn’t. Normally constructed of 2-3 layers with pineapple, coconut, bananas, pecans and a cream cheese frosting, some would say it’s a cross between a banana bread and a carrot cake. Regardless though, it’s really delicious and one of the most requested recipes of all time.
Let’s take a trip back to 1615 (break out the flux capacitor). That’s is when people really started eating these sponge cakes. Why? Well, for one, they are so easy to throw together and they have a unique airy texture that you can flavor however you’d like (and who doesn’t love a versatile cake)? A little powdered sugar at the end makes for a gorgeous presentation at your next tea party, you know, if you still have tea parties. Either way, this cake recipe will make you happy so soak it up (like a sponge).
We had to throw our favorite cheesecake recipe into this cake mix. This one is from Chef Tyler Florence and we have tried it and live by it. The warm lemon and blueberry topping is an added bonus, but you can also use any berries you would like or none at all. Baking this bad boy is easy, but you do need a springform pan or you will have a cheesecake challenge on your hands. Sometimes things are just easier if you have the right tools. Life lesson.
What exactly is an ice box cake anyway? Well, it’s basically a layered cake that you don’t have to bake (Yup. No. Oven. Mind. Is. Blown). The only difficult part about making this cake is you have to have a little patience while you are waiting for it to chill in the fridge. Picture this. It’s an August night and you are craving the sooty scent of a crackling campfire and, you think campfire, you think s’mores (at least we do). There is something about bruleed marshmallows sandwiched between two crunchy graham crackers and a nugget of your favorite chocolate that just makes us feel like a kid again.
If you are out of firewood or just too lazy to build a fire, this cake has all of those elements without the heat. You’ll be begging for s’more.