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In need of good dense cake recipes

post #1 of 29
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I am wanting to carve a cake for my son's birthday and need to find a cake recipe that will be dense enough to withstand carving and covering in fondant (assuming I can get everything to work, hehe). I have never really worked with fondant or carved cakes. The one cake in my photos was carved a little but I know that the recipe we used isn't going to be dense enough. Any suggestions? I'm looking for preferably a white or yellow type cake for this cake. I know I have seen people talk about using pound cake, but I was looking for other alternatives.

I am also doing an M&M cake (inspired by the Duff cake and several other on this site) for my oldest son's birthday and need a good chocolate cake recipe for the 6" round M&M that will be on top , because you can't have an M&M and it not be chocolate in my opinion.

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post #2 of 29
Well, i was going to suggest a pound cake, LOL. Do you prefer box or scratch? The WASC recipe on here should hold up well for carving and fondant, and there's a chocolate version too. Otherwise, for scratch, I like the Classic White Cake II from the recipe section. And my favorite chocolate is the one from the back of the Hershey's can!! icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 29
I use Colette Peter's white cake recipe from her Cakes to Dream On book. It is super easy and SOOOOOO delicious, especially for a white cake. I call it a pound, vanilla, butter cake blend. I also love it for carving!!!
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I use Colette Peter's white cake recipe from her book. It is super easy and SOOOOOO delicious, especially for a white cake. I call it a pound, vanilla, butter cake blend. I also love it for carving!!!



This sounds delicious! Where do I find the recipe? icon_lol.gif
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post #5 of 29
it is in her books or here is a link to the food network http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_2957,00.html?rsrc=search
I will say the food network cake has about 1 ounce extra of each flour compared to her recipe in her book. I have made them both and cannot really tell the difference. enjoy thumbs_up.gif
post #6 of 29
Have you thought about using madeira cake? It is very sturdy and will hold up well to carving and heavy icing.
post #7 of 29
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Thanks for the suggestions. I see alot of people using the WASC cake so I'll definitely have to give it a try. What is the chocolate version called? Thanks for pointing me to Colette's white cake recipe. I didn't know she had any posted on food network's site (I love food network). I'll have to check it out. What is madeira cake? Is it made with madeira wine?
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post #8 of 29
Madeira cake is not made with madeira wine but in Victorian times Madeira wine was usually served with it. It is a butter cake. It is quite popular here (UK) filled with buttercream and raspberry jam. If you'd like, I can post a recipe.
post #9 of 29
I'd love a recipe, JuneHawk! icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 29
Hi.

The recipe is complicated because it gives ingredient amounts for different size pans so I made a PDF of it. Here it is.

June
post #11 of 29
Thanks JuneHawk! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 29
Thank you JuneHawk, I saved the recipie.
This is one I would like to try. icon_smile.gif
Blessings, Wita
post #13 of 29
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Thanks for the recipe JuneHawk. Looks like I have lots of cakes to try (and send to work with the hubby, hehe). Thanks all. I'm still having trouble finding the chocolate cake recipe. Does anyone know what it is called?
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post #14 of 29
I love Toba Garrett's Chocolate Fudge Cake. It is totally like a brownie!

Can't wait to see the M&M cake!
post #15 of 29
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I tried some of these and they were good. I ended up finding a recipe for a butter cake that worked really well. My husband found it on Allrecipes.com. Here's a picture of the cake I needed the recipes for. It's the Hamm car from the ending credits of the movie Cars. He has one and it is his favorite car. It's a carved butter cake covered in fondant. The wheels are RKT covered in choc fondant. The hat is a sugar cone. I'm very pleased with how this turned out. It's a little bumpy, but not bad for my first fondant cake.

Now I need to try some chocolate cake recipes for the stand up M&M cake my oldest son wants for his birthday.
LL
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