Here are my favorite cake recipes (and cupcakes recipes ). The recipes I have here, I must say, are the best among all I that have tried in my life. These are my favorite not only because of the deliciously moist texture they yield, but also because they are so easy to make and have never once failed me.
In fact, these are pretty much the only recipes I use for my cake projects which really suit my convenience because these darlings go well with both buttercream and fondant icing. I make both buttercream and fondant cakes and use these decorating mediums interchangeably in my cake decorating projects, so having cakes that can work well with both types of icing is definitely a convenience because I do not need to maintain separate sets of cake recipes for each type of icing. Besides, all these cakes (except for fruit cakes) can carve well so that just makes them suitable for carved cakes too!
If I have to choose the best among all these recipes the butter pound cake will be my pick. It’s my family favorite; we have it for all our birthdays, year in year out. I have baked it so many times that I can remember the ingredients measurement by heart. And the best feature of this recipe is that the flavor can be easily varied by just adding one or two additional ingredients, without having to adjust the rest. A simple chocolate chip cake can be created by just adding some chocolate chips to the prepared batter. Similarly, for a citrus flavored cake, a few teaspoons for orange or lemon rind and orange or lemon juice yields a refreshing citrus flavored butter cake. Other variations include adding various types for glazed and dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, cranberries and cherries.
As for my fruit cake recipe, though traditionally, decorated fruit cakes are normally covered with a layer of marzipan before fondant or royal icing. I have not used mine for any decorated projects. I have only made them plain for festive occasions and as wedding favors (cut into serving sizes of 1 inch by 1 inch and packed into small favor boxes).
Handled with care, all these cakes can last up to one week at room temperature. The shelf-life of these cakes can be increased further by refrigerating them (fruit cakes last longer off course and do not require refrigerating as they last well in room temperature).
Tip: Always use premium quality ingredients, follow the exact measurements and baking instructions for perfect cakes every time!