I have all the usual cake books, the one I use the most and is my favorite is "cakelove" by Warren Brown. He has many flavors that are usually not in books. My favorite is a maple pound cake with butter pecan frosting. He does a lot of cakes in bundt pans, which is a good way to start getting used to the different textures of some scratch cakes. Since I grew up with scratch cakes I tend to like my cakes on the drier side. My daughter who is 17, is used to eating her meals at school, where they are moister. i think the trend went to moister cakes, as they last much longer. Warren brown was also on food network, i believe you can find one of his recipes there also.