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What's the best cake you've ever eaten?

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Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 15:59:35

I'm 38+4 and craving cake, pastries and doughnuts like there's no tomorrow. It's made me think about what cake I could kill to stuff my face with right now and it's a toss up between banana loaf and this pistachio cake.

I made my very first banana and chocolate loaf last month and I think it might have been the tastiest thing I've ever made. And I had never had banana cake until a couple of years ago at 31 years old! Now I am totally addicted.

I was just wondering what's the best cake you've ever had and I am not adverse to a bit of food porn if you have a recipe/picture. I really don't want to wait another 31 years to discover that I've been missing out on something delicious!

Taffeta Mon 10-Jun-13 16:05:33

The best cake I've ever had was at the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden, it was a passion fruit and lemon cake and I have tried to recreate it at home without much success. I just can't seem to get it passion fruity enough.

The best ones I've made would be either River Cafe pistachio cake, or the 3 I've done from the CCC book in the las few weeks have all been excellent...Terry's Chocolate Orange Cake, dark chocolate and amaretto cake and vanilla and coconut cake. I am also making an old fave this weekend, a GH recipe from the 90s , sticky almond cake.

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 10-Jun-13 16:06:39

I had some kind of raspberry cake with marshmallow icing from Greggs a couple years ago and it was my favourite cake I've ever eaten. It's probably clear that I don't have particularly high standards.

I have a recipe for relatively-not-as-fatty-as-most-brownies hazelnut brownies that are the most delicious thing I can bake myself, so gooey and chocolatey and sickening.

NappyHappy Mon 10-Jun-13 16:06:57

Costco's Carrot cake.

BikeRunSki Mon 10-Jun-13 16:12:47

A chocolate beetroot cake at a playgroup fundraiser about 18 months ago. The recipe was from the Morrison's magazine I am told. Stand out fabulous and covered in chocolate.

treaclesoda Mon 10-Jun-13 16:14:17

Sponge cake with fresh cream and raspberry jam - boring I know, but a really good one is cake perfection, and no amount of fancy ingredients can beat it!

treaclesoda Mon 10-Jun-13 16:14:40

By a really good one, I mean one that I have made wink

BikeRunSki Mon 10-Jun-13 16:16:49

smile Also, the scones at the bar in the Robinson Library at Newcastle University, 1992-98 are the best I have ever had, and I have done a lot of research wink.

BaldricksTurnip Mon 10-Jun-13 16:17:10

I was at a restaurant with friends once, and they had a chocolate fudge cake which was so amazing it wasn't even on the menu, you had to ask the waiter in a kind of hushed voice for 'the special chocolate cake...'. I must admit it was pretty good grin

Goldrill Mon 10-Jun-13 16:19:40

Bryson's jam viennese. Or the chocolate cake I had at a barbecus last week: soft, squidgy, almost gooey...am getting the recipe.

I have just made some coconut slice thingies which are very passable, however, and wil do for today!

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 16:29:49

Lol at bikeRunSki; I do this kind of research on croissants; can English croissants be as good as the French ones? I reckon freshly baked Waitrose croissants are just as good.

Hoppus Sometimes Greggs does decent stuff! I reckon their donuts would be good if only they would stop selling the stale ones from the day before...

I've got to confess, I don't know what it would take to tempt me to have beetroot cake. Maybe if it were free. I was traumatised by beetroot as a child and clearly still carry some scars

AwkwardSquad Mon 10-Jun-13 16:30:51

The lemon polenta cake in the art centre cafe in Faversham. Oh my word.

AwkwardSquad Mon 10-Jun-13 16:32:42

Best cake I have ever made myself - a layered sponge with homemade Bramley apple and marscapone (sp!) filling, I think.

LlamateurDramatics Mon 10-Jun-13 16:33:06

I really got into baking during my last pregnancy and the best one I made was a banana cake with butterscotch icing and fudge pieces. The best cake I've had ever I'm not sure about, possibly my grandmother's lemon and seed cake which was divine and I can never recreate it as well as she made it sad

buttercrumble Mon 10-Jun-13 16:33:39

Mary Berrys , lemon drizzle its devine and so easy to make

Plopsicle Mon 10-Jun-13 16:39:32

My mum makes this amazing moist chocolate cake, it is delicious and everyone loves it.

After hassling her for the recipe for AGES, she eventually admitted that its a Betty Crocker box mix one, Devils Food Cake.

Fedupnagging Mon 10-Jun-13 16:39:53

A homemade carrot cake at a local tea shop - lots of walnuts, sultanas and pineapple. Yum!

My favourite cake that I make at the moment is a chocolate orange tiffin/ rocky road type thing. Melt milk and dark chocolate, throw in whatever is to hand along with a few drops of orange extract, leave to set and drizzle over white chocolate. I make it for the ds's but end up scoffing most quite a bit.

HeadFairy Mon 10-Jun-13 16:41:30

ds's Christening cake. It was Italian style, the lightest sponge I've ever eaten, with lashings of thick whipped cream in it and loads of fruit, and iced on top. It was absolutely heavenly!

Thanks for bringing this up on a fast day hmm grin

morethanpotatoprints Mon 10-Jun-13 16:42:04

Oh definitely Death by chocolate.
yum yum yummy yum yum.

CalamityKate Mon 10-Jun-13 16:42:31

Paul Hollywoods chocolate and almond cake is pretty damn good.

Not exactly cake but DS made toffee apple pecan steamed pud last night (Mary Berry recipe) and its gorgeous.

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 16:44:11

Ooooh fedupnagging that reminds me of a millionaire shortbread I had that was made by the husband of a mum I know. The layer of dark chocolate on top was probably as thick as the toffee and it was divine. I didn't know shortbread could taste that good. In fact, I was supposed to leave one for DH but there weren't even any crumbs left, I had all five of them in one sitting.

BrokenBanana Mon 10-Jun-13 16:45:49

If you're craving bananas and nuts you might like a hummingbird cake. Dead easy to make, super easy to eat!

Bakingnovice Mon 10-Jun-13 17:08:03

This year I made the Mary berry lemon drizzle with homemade lemon curd. Oh my word, it really was absolutely the best cake I have ever made or tasted. I have never bought any shop cake since learning to bake, there is no cake in any shop in the world which can compare to homemade cake.

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 17:22:02

I love lemon drizzle. I've never made it properly though, I tend to do a Madeira and then just pour lemon sugar on top, it's probably not the same! smile

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 10-Jun-13 17:23:32

Lemon drizzle I love from anywhere made by whoever but I do have a softspot addiction for the cupcake in John lewis cafe yum

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