My favourite baking book over summer was The Cake Bible. I found it at Homesense (a clearance type store) and would have passed over it, but Kelli has mentioned it a few times, and I have a cupboard full of cake mixes that need a little spicing up, so it came home with me.
I've tried a few recipes so far. The only difference is I've made the recipes as cupcakes. Easier to share them.
First up red velvet cake. I've heard a lot about red velvet cakes and everything I've heard or read has been good. I have to say I was not impressed. They were okay, very uninspiring. But somehow we managed to eat them all anyway. They just tasted like really rich chocolate cake. I'm not keen on adding a bottle of red food colouring to anything. Nnext time I'll just stick with chocolate cake.
The cream cheese icing was good. That, I will use again.
Hummingbird cake. "Some say this Southern layer cake earned its name because each otherworldly bite makes you hum with delight. Another theory is that it's as sweet as the sugared water used to attract its hovering namesake."
In hindsight it wasn't a good recipe to make in our house. Hubby doesn't like bananas or pineapples and Hummingbird cakes have both.
They tasted okay, but as cupcakes they were very dense. I think it would have been better if I'd made this recipe as an actual cake rather than cupcakes. We didn't finish them, we didn't even eat half of them, they became compost. I hope the worms liked them.
I did have some successes, I'll tell you about them later.