I often read online comments about how people raved about their cakes, and that "it was the best cake ever". I have tried a bunch of these recipes but I'm usually not impressed. I don't know if it's because I came from Europe (now in Canada) and have a different palette or if I have have very high expectations of flavours, textures, combinations etc. I struggle to find REALLY good recipes with a wow factor that don't contain too much of artificial or unhealthy ingredients (i.e. shortening, emulsions, too much icing sugar - American buttercream). I have plenty of cake books (i.e. Cake bible, Dede Wilson's) but I'm not too impressed; I very badly wanted to love the Cake bible but so far I've only loved two recipes.
Here are some of the "best" (IMHO) recipes I've come across:
1. Best chocolate cake:
2. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting:
3. White velvet butter cake:
4. A better white scratch cake from CC is just OK (a good basic recipe)
In my quest to find fantastic recipes, I'm wondering if others are willing to share gourmet, above average recipes/ flavours, please?