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

(169 Posts)
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

mayaswell Mon 10-Jun-13 17:25:41

Ottolenghi lemon polenta cake maybe, or my MIL 's coffee and walnut. God I love good cake.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 10-Jun-13 17:25:49

I love love love jamaican black cake. Mmmm I really dislike christmas cake/fruit cake but because the dried fruit is all blended and because of all the rum wink it really goes down well grin

mrsjay Mon 10-Jun-13 17:26:50

this is going to sound really poncey but It was from a french patisserie it was a choux bun it was huge and delicious and orgasmic never in my life have I enjoyed a cake so much

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 10-Jun-13 17:26:55

Tanya ramsys lemon cake recipe is the best ever lemon drizzle cake recipe IMO.

FelixCited Mon 10-Jun-13 17:28:27

My wedding cake, delicious lemon cake with icing. Heavenly

mrsjay Mon 10-Jun-13 17:34:21

oh and a lemon cheesecake I had in a pub in dorset it was delicious i nearly licked theplate

Badvoc Mon 10-Jun-13 17:37:00

Oh I like a nice roulade.
Or a cream cake
Or a cream sponge

gerbilsarefun Mon 10-Jun-13 17:42:15

We had a meal in a seaside cafe in N. Wales, a few years ago. Perfectly nice meal but for desert I had a treacle tart with thick cream. Thick treacle filling, it was delicious.

mayaswell Mon 10-Jun-13 17:46:31

That French patisserie choux thing has got a particular name I think? A nun's something?

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 17:53:36

A pet-de-nonne? (literally a nun's fart grin)

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 17:54:26

or a religieuse? (a nun)

Mumzy Mon 10-Jun-13 17:54:33

Huge cream filled choux buns topped with chocolate are called 'Elephant's feet' in Yorkshire grin

Taffeta Mon 10-Jun-13 17:58:58

Oh tha reminds me of a cannoli I had from an Italian deli last year. Mmmmmmmm <drools>

Beaverfeaver Mon 10-Jun-13 17:59:24

My younger sister makes gorgeous cakes.

But my favourite is lemon drizzle

justaweeone Mon 10-Jun-13 18:00:01

I am not a great cake fan!However recently made a chococino cake from the BBC good food website(sorry don't know how to link).If you like chocolate and coffee this is the best cake ever!
NB If you do make it use less water to make the coffee otherwise the icing will be too wet.

I agree bakingnovice, homemade is best. I refuse to eat chocolate cake when out and about, it never tastes as good as it looks.

I have a chocolate brownie topped with chocolate meringue recipe to try.

From one of the threads on here I found a brownie shortbread biscuit recipe. It is amazing.

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 18:04:06

oh yes, cannoli, there's an amazing Italian deli in, wait for it, Romford, Essex (where I used to live, I know, I know...) that does proper cannoli, they're the real deal.

waterlego Mon 10-Jun-13 18:05:55

How I love cake.

The best cakes I have had recently are these cupcakes. Sticky toffee (they contain dates) with salted caramel icing. I have had to stop making them because I ate too many and began to get flabby:

http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/634889

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 10-Jun-13 18:08:23

a coconut cake, when on holiday in Pickering
we're heading back there this year, and I'll be desperately trying to remember where that cafe was

In fact, if anyone has a recipe for a lovely moist coconut cake I'd be very grateful

milk Mon 10-Jun-13 18:08:35
almapudden Mon 10-Jun-13 18:12:19

One from the Green and Black cook book. It's basically chocolate mousse on top of chocolate ganache.

needasilverlining Mon 10-Jun-13 18:12:51

Condensed milk cake made by Russian lady at local cafe. Looks a bit splatty and plain but is oozy divineness. I will bless forever any MNer who knows the recipe...

Naoko Mon 10-Jun-13 18:15:53

The best pastry I've ever eaten was a Limburg-style cherry flan (a particular type of open, latticed fruit pie made with sweet yeast dough and creme pattisiere), served by a small cafe operating out of an ancient castle in Belgium.

<craves>

Nagoo Mon 10-Jun-13 18:18:30

I made a lemon sponge with the children, half then egg went all over them worktop, the DC licked things before they put them in, and it was awesomely good. the sponge was so light, and the lemon cream I googled how to make 15 seconds before I made it was superb smile grin

IceNoSlice Mon 10-Jun-13 18:19:11

ChocolateBronteSaurus I'm from Pickering! Don't live there now but.

Was the cafe Russell's? Half way up the market place on the right as you go up? Near the old fashioned chemist, opposite the newsagents?

BetsyBell Mon 10-Jun-13 18:22:40

I see I'm not the only faster torturing myself on this thread [drool] grin

I love a serious buttery fruit cake full of booze but the best thing I make is a plain vanilla sponge filled with and covered in a serious bit of mascarpone & chocolate cream (ie buttercream made with mascarpone instead of butter). It's also excellent made with dark orange chocolate.

Oh but the pineapple, ginger and carrot cake was a serious contender too, hope I saved that recipe. mmmm.

IceNoSlice Mon 10-Jun-13 18:23:07

Favourite cake so far is bbc good food Squidgy Spiced Apple Cake. All sticky, with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's best the day after you make it, served with clotted cream or ice cream. Yum!

Defo going to try some of these suggestions though.

Mmm cake [lip-licking emoticon]

zukiecat Mon 10-Jun-13 18:27:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 10-Jun-13 18:33:36

ice, i completely cannot remember
<no sense of direction>
but we will try Russell's first!

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 18:35:46

Is there a Monday Fasting thing I'm not aware of? Anyway BetsyBell anything with mascarpone wins in my book. My sister makes the best Tiramisu I've ever had, but then she's a bit good, I don't think she's capable of making something inedible.

RiffyWammal Mon 10-Jun-13 18:35:48

The best cake I've ever eaten was my dear late nan's chocolate cake, and I don't even like chocolate cake normally! Sadly she did not leave her recipe anywhere. sad

My local Italian restaurant does the BEST tiramisu, other versions simply do not come anywhere close.

Cakes I make at home; my favourite is probably a simple sponge cake filled with lemon curd and cream, or bread and butter pudding.

CinnamonLatteIsJustForWinter Mon 10-Jun-13 18:36:42

Best cake ever was a pecan cake a friend made years ago. Have the recipe but I don't seem to be able to make it properly.

Nicest cake I ever made was a Blackforest Gateaux, when I didn't have any Kirsch I took the 56% rum from the Mulled Wine (Feuerzangenbowle) and drenched the sponges with it. It was absolutely delicious (and not for kids grin)

GentleOtter Mon 10-Jun-13 19:08:54

CharlotteBronteSaurus - http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/03/coconut-bread/ The best moist coconut cake/loaf EVER.

GentleOtter Mon 10-Jun-13 19:09:35
BaconKetchup Mon 10-Jun-13 19:12:19

I had an absolutely amazing carrot cake once but I can't remember where from sad

Also an amazing lemon drizzle... mmm

rcs19 Mon 10-Jun-13 19:17:06

My sister made an amazing cake for my mum's birthday. it was coconut (with Malibu in it) and smothered in chocolate ganache. I'm drooling thinking about it!

BikeRinSki A little judicious googling brings me to this recipe for the beetroot cake.

I wish I could make my gran's Victoria sponge. Or her cakey sultana scones. sad

Mind you no one else complains about my cakes!

Ooh let's see .... a few years ago we visited a friend on their farm in Devon. His mother had made us a fantastic classic boiled fruit cake served with a proper cup of tea. We'd popped in to see them with baby dd and it was such a treat for us, felt so looked after !

Then reading the thread some other wonderful cakes I've had the pleasure of sampling over the years .... lemon drizzle, some sort of banana loaf, and yes I've had that delicious chocolate beetroot one too, a dense chocolatey chocolate cake, a coffeee and walnut, an interesting seed cake in someone's garden as a child. I remember you all sooo well grin
These days has to be with a good cuppa though brew

SgtTJCalhoun Mon 10-Jun-13 19:24:57

It was a slice of chocolate cake I bought in Walmart in Florida. It was topped and sandwiched with thick layers of fresh chocolate cream. It was stunning and the slice was so big that dd and I shared it for two nights running!

Many many years ago I had a delicious Black Forest Gateaux cakey thing from a resturant in Edinburgh (Cavios )

It had kirsch, cherries, chocolate sauce, cream, light sponge...smile

The best one I've made is Christmas cake with Amarretto Marzipan (homemade). It can have the marzipan and icing stripped off and eaten with crumbly cheese.
Double mmmmmm

BaldricksTurnip Mon 10-Jun-13 19:35:45

Oh god I can't cope with this thread, each post seems to outcake the last mmmmm cake

hazeyjane Mon 10-Jun-13 19:38:15
Bluecarrot Mon 10-Jun-13 19:39:19

Betty Crockers carrot cake (mix)

Storecupboard Chocolate cake

BaconKetchup Mon 10-Jun-13 19:41:50

I'm ill at the moment and can't eat cake because it would inflame my condition... but as soon as I'm better, i.e. in about 3 days, I will be making one or two of the cakes mentioned on here grin

GoldieMumbles Mon 10-Jun-13 19:42:09

Esterhazy-torte once when we were on a weekend break in Vienna. God, I think I'm actually drooling.

lizzypuffs Mon 10-Jun-13 19:42:28

Blueberry cake with blueberry and marshmallow topping - it was glorious. Unfortunately it was also in South Africa.

BaconKetchup Mon 10-Jun-13 19:42:51

This is a bit of a cheat post because I've not actually tried it, but I've wanted to make this for ages

www.browneyedbaker.com/2013/02/13/red-velvet-poke-cake/

Mintyy Mon 10-Jun-13 19:43:22

I just can't get excited about cake. Give me a gorgeous slice of bread or toast any day.

Am I allowed to nominate cheesecake? Or pavlova? Actually, thinking about it, it would be passionfruit and lemongrass pavlova for me.

BasketzatDawn Mon 10-Jun-13 19:48:25

Oh, a cake thread. Yum!!

I've recently discovered Costa's lemon tarts, though did manage to walk past Costa today without going in - there is always tomorrow though. But even better is a cake I discovered recently in a branch of Cocoa Mountain - orange and lavender. Only 2 weeks till I'll be back near that shop, and I don't know how I'll cope if there is no cake.

NomDeClavier Mon 10-Jun-13 19:50:25

Best easy access homemade cake - DH's microwave chocolate cake. Not a word of a lie.

hermioneweasley Mon 10-Jun-13 19:50:36

My lemon and lime drizzle cake has had people giving orgamsmic groans <smug>

Gateau opera (French take on tiramisu) is wonderful.

idiot55 Mon 10-Jun-13 19:52:32

1996 I was on placement at Southhampton gemeral hospital, staying in actually not too bad hospital accommodation.

During that time I ate the best cake ever from a bakers in Shirley, it was lemon with lemon curd running through the sponge. wow

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 10-Jun-13 19:53:10

A lovely spiced strawberry cake with coriander and lots of ground almonds. Will try and dig out the recipe. Mmmmm. Am going to make it this weekend.

My ex's Mum used to make it, and luckily she gave me the recipe before I cruelly dumped him.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 10-Jun-13 19:56:26

If you are a fan of croissants, I would say croissant cake is pretty phenomenal. I had it for the first time a few weeks ago and was blown away by its deliciousness. Sort of like bread and butter pudding, but in cake form, and with croissants not bread! Heavenly.

charitygirl Mon 10-Jun-13 19:56:44

Just recently in France

Icing was salted caramel ganache, and inside were several layers but most germanely a salted caramel mousse layer and a dark choc mousse layer. And all on this featherlight, crispy shortbread base. I don't know how they did it.

Bakingnovice Mon 10-Jun-13 19:57:17

The simple cakes are the best for me. Lemon drizzle, the bero orange cake, the bounty cake (coconut sponge covered in milk choc then sprinkled with more coconut), and the simple vicky sponge filled with cream and strawberries.

Love cake. And tea.

Barmix Mon 10-Jun-13 19:58:33

ooh ooh The Marmalade Sponge pudding thing at The Three Chimney's restaurant on Skye. It's world famous y'know.

Oh. My. God.

I'm in London but I would walk five hundred miles just to lick the spoon grin.

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 19:58:50

Cheesecake definitely counts Mintyy Pavlova's got eggs and sugar in it, it's 'part-cake'. I'd be happy right now with just whipped cream and strawberries, I've got such a sweet tooth.

Some of these links are making me drool. A red velvet cake that actually looks edible and moist? Who'd have thunk it!

And despite the fact that the cake looks delicious, I'm still a little scared of the beetroot blush

Blueberry and lemon cake <blatant place marking>

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 20:02:02

Actually I did go to a wedding a few years back (or a leaving do or something; well, an occasion anyway) and the dessert was bread and butter pudding, but made with croissants and brioche. No words can describe the scrummyness.

Honey cake plus Viennese coffee at the observation tower in Prague - just what was needed after an energetic climb up the hill in deep snow and minus 12 temperatures!

WantAnOrange Mon 10-Jun-13 20:05:02

About a month ago I made a sticky toffee pudding in the slow cooker that was the best thing I have ever eaten, ever. It happened quite by accident, DS wanted to do some baking and it fit the ingredients I had in the cupboard.

EugenesAxe Mon 10-Jun-13 20:05:43

I think probably chocolate and rose fudge cake. No recipe as it was at a stall at the Brecon Jazz Festival.

WantAnOrange Mon 10-Jun-13 20:05:44

Oooo and have to add, Mars bar cheesecake. I cant decide between the 2.

Lizzypuffs - where in SA, if it's close I may hunt it down.

clumber Mon 10-Jun-13 20:07:54

lucysvicaragetearooms.com/cakes

Squidgy chocolate from here..... and all the others too!

Spiritual home of Notts Mums

hollyisalovelyname Mon 10-Jun-13 20:12:05

Malteser cake from the cake trolley in the Lobster Pot restaurant in Dublin and the chocolate ganache /mousse cake on a bed of what appears to be crushed cornflakes from The Butler's Pantry delis, also in Dublin. DELISH. Nothing comes close...... Well ok ....maybe a huge eclair or coffee slice smile

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 20:15:05

I want a slice of Summer Berry Layer Cake envy.

I've put a pic on my profile of a cake I had in a restaurant in France a couple of years back, strawberries, dark chocolate, pistachio mousse and strawberry and mint sorbet. I still think of it as a Michelin-starred restaurant dessert but for a quarter of the price (I can only imagine, can't afford the luxury myself). That restaurant was amazing from start to finish though.

Lizzylou Mon 10-Jun-13 20:21:11

It was a kouign amman from a patisserie in Beg Meil, Brittany.
Basically a salted caramel pastry. Just lush. I put on a lot of weight when I go on holiday grin

McBalls Mon 10-Jun-13 20:29:34

Waitrose banana and passion fruit cake. I think you'd love it, op.

Badgerwife Mon 10-Jun-13 20:36:53

banana and passion fruit sounds interesting! Thankfully there's a Waitrose in town, I can even walk to it (well, waddle anyway).

Misty9 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:12

I'm gluten free so good cake is rare and very welcome smile
The best I've had is probably a slice of chocolate nemesis cake. Amazing. Just googled recipe and may have to make it even though dh doesn't like chocolate so I'll have to eat it all, shame

hazeyjane Mon 10-Jun-13 21:39:22

Misty9 the cloud cake I linked to is gluten free and a-may-zing!

ivykaty44 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:44:58

a very moist and lush ginger cake, it was divine but when I make mine it is good but not as good as this one I tasted once - I keep trying to make mine as good grin it was very ginger and big crumbs but moist

Best I've ever made was this Chocolate Brownie gateau. It was originally in BBC Good Food mag about 15 years ago, it's not on their website but this one is exactly the same (presume copied). Expensive though. I made myself one for my thirtieth birthday and was appalled when the ingredients cost about £12, fifteen years ago.

This is also pretty damned good Chocca mocha caramel cake

FriskyHenderson Mon 10-Jun-13 21:55:41

A chocolate orange truffle cheesecake from Zizzis.

Best lemon cake I made was a Delia one with home made lemon curd. Mary Berry's sunday best chocolate fudge cake is my chocolate sponge of choice atm.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Mon 10-Jun-13 22:01:20

Guinness cake with tons of icing. The chocolate cake is so dense yet so moist, you don't really taste the Guinness but it gives it a real depth of flavour and melts in the mouth. Superb.

I also love proper New York cheesecake, carrot cake and sometimes coffee/walnut type things. Marmalade cake looks interesting!!

CalamityKate Mon 10-Jun-13 22:55:47

Ooh yes I made a chocolate Guinness cake once! Really addictive dense texture. DH loved it and he's not generally fond of choc cake. I loved it and I'm not generally fond of Guinness grin

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Jun-13 11:33:19

Oh I don't think I'd like chocolate

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Jun-13 11:34:24

Posted too soon. I don't think I'd liike chocolate Guinness cake. Guinness is very bitter.

EugenesAxe Tue 11-Jun-13 11:43:43

holly - I'm a bit renowned for my chocolate Guinness cake skills; it doesn't come out bitter. As people have said it has the effect of cutting through the richness of the chocolate. It is very popular with men because it's not cloyingly sweet; the Guinness also makes it incredibly moist.

It does have shit loads of sugar in the recipe... really the bitterness doesn't stand a chance.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Jun-13 11:52:27

Thanks Eugene i shall google it.

CalamityGin Tue 11-Jun-13 11:57:37

stop it you dirty cake sluts some of us are on a diet!

CMOTDibbler Tue 11-Jun-13 12:04:56

My faves is one I've made (am gluten free, so not much choice commercially). v moist choc sponge with choc flakes in the cake, strawberry conserve, strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

IceNoSlice Tue 11-Jun-13 12:18:06

CalamityGin Arf. I am a dirty cake slut indeed!

Mrs Kilner's chocolate cake - home made gooey deliciousness and the lovliest cake I have ever had.
It must be about 30 years ago now, I wound up having tea and cake at her house through a weird concatenation of "friend of a friend" circumstances and still remember that cake to this day grin
Mrs. K i- (riding for the disabled lady, mother of S and C) if you happen to be a MNetter and read this, I LOVE your chocolate cake grin
(I was Fiona's friend from school all those years ago grin)

cumfy Tue 11-Jun-13 12:57:25

1. Chocolate and raspberry gateau. (Waitrose)
2. Belgian chocolate cheesecake. (M+S)
3. Bonne Maman Creme Caramel.

motherinferior Tue 11-Jun-13 13:05:28

I made a chocolate raspberry cake the other day (using raspberry jam, incredibly easy) with a chocolate fudge icing and it was SO good...

ICBINEG Tue 11-Jun-13 13:10:30

I made the cake pictured on my profile...it was a sticky ginger cake...but lets not pretend it was about the flavour grin

LulaPalooza Tue 11-Jun-13 13:13:30

Am I allowed to say our wedding cake? It was bloody awesome. Three big layers of chocolate cake, sandwiched together with fresh cream. White chocolate on the outside which looked like a sort of messy crown. More fresh cream on top of the cake with fresh berries on top of that.

I don't even like cake, particularly, but this one was amazing. The combination of chocolate and fresh berries, I think.

LulaPalooza Tue 11-Jun-13 13:14:25

Wowsers! That cake is a work of art, ICBINEG. Amazing!

AaDB Tue 11-Jun-13 13:16:43

My signature called is Elizabeth David's chocolate cake. It's made with almond and egg and is gluten free. I make it with ganache and server it with clotted cream, and berries

I LOVE the shop bought suggestions. I, remember I, used to get a pecan, cinnamon Danish pastry cake thingy with icing on that was yummy. It was frozen if I remember correctly but haven't seen one for years sad sad sad .

Badgerwife Tue 11-Jun-13 13:20:18

ICBINEG shock I am in awe I can't even properly ice a cake

Bloodybridget Tue 11-Jun-13 13:23:03

Rhubarb streusel cake made by me. Also great made with gooseberries.

LulaPalooza Tue 11-Jun-13 13:24:39

Have uploaded a pic of the wedding cake to my profile, I think.

It was chocolate mousse between the layers, not cream.

Badgerwife Tue 11-Jun-13 13:28:52

Lula I don't think your profile is public, I can't access it

Nolda Tue 11-Jun-13 13:50:00

Motherinferior, I like the sound of your chocolate raspberry cake. Would you be willing to share the recipe?

My favourite cake is Swedish Princess Cake: three layers of sponge with a filling of confectioners custard, perhaps some jam, layer of whipped cream on top and all covered with marzipan. Yum!

LulaPalooza Tue 11-Jun-13 14:04:39

Oops, sorry. Does that work now Badger?

Feel a bit silly now showing off about my wedding cake. It doesn't look that spectacular in the pic!

I'm fasting and it looks truly lovely <dribbles all over the thread>

motherinferior Tue 11-Jun-13 14:27:44

It was this along with my usual fudgy icing (chocolate, bit of butter, bit of golden syrup, melted together - I do this in a jug in the microwave and slosh it over).

Sooooo easy and even my kids loved it.

GerardWay Tue 11-Jun-13 14:31:08

Because of this thread I am going to make DS and his friends a lemon drizzle cake to take to 'Download' with them. I am having a major wobble about him driving for 3 and a half hours plus I will miss him as he won't be home until Monday.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Jun-13 14:39:07

Motherinferior the link isn't working for me

motherinferior Tue 11-Jun-13 14:42:12

Google 'chocolate raspberry cake Nigella' grin

mignonette Tue 11-Jun-13 14:52:51

I have these recipes that are so reliable. The first is Rebecca Rathers 'Tuxedo Cake', a three layer chocolate cake filled and iced with creme anglaise then topped with a chocolate ganache. I have adapted it by soaking each cake layer in Chambord dark berry liqueur. Every child I know requests this cake from me on birthdays;

Sicilian Cassatta Cake, three layers of soft sponge flalvoured with lemon and orange then filled with an icing made from macarpone and ricotta sweetened with icing sugar Mixed into this are Rum soaked Australian sultanas.

Carrot Cake with Lime Ricotta and Mascarpone Icing;

My friends Austrian NussTorte made with layers of soft cream covered breadcrumb sponge and ground Hazelnuts;

This is my desert island cake. Momofuku Milk Bar banana cake. Picture here-

pinterest.com/pin/457326537131184478/

Nolda Tue 11-Jun-13 16:09:36

Thanks for that, motherinferior. I shall be making that very soon!

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Jun-13 16:20:02

Thank you Mother Inferior

stealthsquiggle Tue 11-Jun-13 16:22:34

Squidgey apple cake sounds interesting. I make a (heavily customised) version of Mary Berry's Devonshire Apple cake which is really good. I make it when we have a glut of apples (feeble excuse, it doesn't use that much apple)

Badgerwife Tue 11-Jun-13 18:33:57

Lula are you kidding, it looks great! I love berries and white chocolate.

Mignonette that banana cake looks incredible, then I had a look at the recipe and nearly had a heart-attack. Seven different recipes rolled into one?

IceNoSlice Tue 11-Jun-13 18:43:18

stealth re squidgy spiced apple cake- that was why I made it the first time too smile

Lizzylou Tue 11-Jun-13 18:51:50

Ooh yes, chocolate Guinness cake is lush.
I normally love any cake with loads of icing (sponge is but a vehicle for icing imo), carrot cake with loads of cream cheese icing is one of my faves.
I think my White choc Slatterys wedding cake was amazing, we never got to have any though! It had all got scoffed and our servings got cleared away. People still mention it 10 years on confused

schilke Tue 11-Jun-13 18:55:00

I made a gluten free mint choc chip cake for ds2's birthday last week. It is lovely.

alexpolismum Tue 11-Jun-13 18:56:05

Who posted the coconut cake from smitten kitchen earlier in the thread??

You are entirely to blame, it's all your fault.

I made it this afternoon. I was hoping to have some with my cuppa in the morning. And it's all gone! Every last crumb. Me Dh, and the three children have scoffed the lot!

It was delicious!

waterlego Tue 11-Jun-13 19:05:41

I love the sound of so many of these cakes. Definitely need to try the squidgy apple cake and also like the sound of anything involving passion fruit. Oh, and the strawberry and coriander. Mmmmmm.

When I was little, my friend's mum used to make a rose and lemon cake- that was delicious.

Also remembered another cake I had very recently at my local cakey shop. It is a parsnip cake (bear with me). Very, very moist and stodgy, sort of like bread pudding texture, with a maple syrup icing (not sure whether it was buttercream or fromage frais but it was gorgeous). Really indulgent and probably only about 1000 cals a slice.

I used to love Lardy cake as a lass. Can you still get them anywhere?

orderinformation Tue 11-Jun-13 19:26:15

An apple and toffee pie at the copper kettle in Cambridge. Went again earlier this year and didn't have it though.

Mama1980 Tue 11-Jun-13 19:28:58

A lovely pistachio cake in Paris about a hundreds years ago 'twas lovely smile
My mum also makes a very lovely chocolate and amaretti torte.

Wyfee Tue 11-Jun-13 19:32:54

You can't beat a properly rich fruit cake, with the real icing and marzipan. I live for Christmas, Easter and weddings so I can eat this. Both my dm and mil make great fruit cakes.
Another great cake I once had was a coffee and cardamom cake, decorated with coffee icing and pomegranate seeds on top. A grown-up sponge-style cake.

Tana Ramseys lemon drizzle cake is loved by all of my friends as is Greg Wallaces Banana and Walnut Loaf Cake. Is dead easy, just need spoon and bowl, no processor or anything fancy, I always use old bananas that I have frozen once the kids decide they are too ripe. (My freezer is full of black bananas!)

VerySmallSqueak Tue 11-Jun-13 19:38:08

Any homemade coffee and walnut cake with coffee butter icing.

WildThongsHeartString Tue 11-Jun-13 19:42:31

Ooh, I love a good cake, I do!

Best ever was a tablet cheesecake in a local restaurant, it was amazing

Nolda Tue 11-Jun-13 20:03:19

Alexpolismum, did you toast and butter the coconut bread before eating it or just eat it like cake?

alexpolismum Tue 11-Jun-13 20:30:10

I actually did both, Nolda. The first slice just sort of disappeared was eaten like cake, and then we all had a toasted and buttered piece. Either way was yummy!

I would have made some more, but I don't have any more coconut!

MrsPnut Tue 11-Jun-13 20:44:35

Nigel Slater's carrot cake is one of my absolute favourites (and one I won a medal at our village fete with too).

sudointellectual Wed 12-Jun-13 07:05:41

rhubarb meringue pie (Nigella) or spiced apple sponge (Nigel)

Russian slice from local bakery, long closed down.

Treacle scone from the baker Lonies in Aberdour. Oh my god. Very plain, no floofie cream nonsense, it was perfection in a paper bag.

IceNoSlice Wed 12-Jun-13 07:43:59

I have written a list and am planning to work down it! First stop Chocolate Guinness cake. I've found two recipes - a Nigella one (uses 400g caster sugar) and a Delicious magazine one (200g brown sugar). Any advice as to which to go with?

Also, I've asked that this thread be moved to the recipes topic so it doesn't get deleted after 3 months. Hope that's ok.

whatshallwedo Wed 12-Jun-13 07:51:10

The best ever cake I have had is my dm's chocolate mayonaise cake. You can't taste the mayonaise at all but it makes it so moist. We all ask for one for our birthdays and it was dd's first ever taste of cake and I have never seen her eat something so quickly grin .

CalamityKate Wed 12-Jun-13 10:00:36

Ice - I made the Nigella one and one of the nice things about it was, it wasn't too sweet. However I don't think I could have coped with it being any less sweet. But then I've got a very sweet tooth.

Nolda Wed 12-Jun-13 10:16:29

Icenoslice, I second the vote for Nigella's guiness cake.

I have also made a list: coconut bread, chocolate raspberry cake and condensed milk cake. I've forgotten who mentioned the condensed milk cake but I've found two recipes online and I'm willing to do the research for you grin.

Whilst online I also saw something called Donauwellen torte. White sponge with chocolate sponge waves with cherries in, topped with a layer of buttercream and then looks like chocolate ganache over the top <wipes drooling chops>. Has anyone made one of these?

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 11:31:08

Hi all,

What a fabulous thread - we've moved it to Food and Recipes now as we wouldn't want it to disappear. grin [hungry]

fallenempires Wed 12-Jun-13 11:33:59

Another vote for Nigella's Choc Guinness Cake or Nigel Slater's Chocolate Browniessmile

Nigella's Guinness cake is bloomin' brilliant.

Badgerwife Wed 12-Jun-13 13:27:04

ooh goodie Rebecca!

I've just had a very nice blackcurrant and lemon cake at the tea room round the corner from my house. I love it when there's a generous layer of buttercream/whipped cream or whatever in the middle. DD liked it too, although she did say 'e yuk' to the fresh blackcurrant, and it wasn't even sharp! No picture though, it didn't last long enough!

HuevosRancheros Wed 12-Jun-13 16:48:35

WantAnOrange, on the offchance you're still on this thread, could you possibly post/link to your slow cooker sticky toffee pudding? Many thanks smile

BaconKetchup Wed 12-Jun-13 17:06:01

I have just been reminded of a fantastic chocolate orange cake I once had <drools>

Jergens Thu 13-Jun-13 05:41:27

I have become addicted to rhubarb and orange cake. It was in BBC Good Food mag a couple of months ago and I tweaked it to make it gluten free. Taste sensation!smile

IceNoSlice Thu 13-Jun-13 12:20:19

OMG. I made Nigella's chocolate Guinness cake this morning. I've eaten two slices already. At 430 calories a slice. It's all the fault of this thread. angry wink

CalamityGin Thu 13-Jun-13 18:28:37

oh god, you lot, you're driving me crazy ... ice post me a bit will ya grin

Jayne266 Thu 13-Jun-13 22:19:24

The best cake I had eaten was in turkey, they brought it out to celebrate my DH proposing to me.
It was a sponge cake with a thick cream centre with fruit in the middle (the cream was mixed with banana and vanilla) and strawberries were added ontop.

HuevosRancheros Fri 14-Jun-13 10:22:34

Ooh, thank you!! grin

multitaskmama Sun 23-Jun-13 11:56:48

My favourite one is Bakewell Cake, probably because I am almond mad and so are my family!

My Fave Bakewell Cake

Vibbe Tue 25-Jun-13 14:36:23

My favourite is brunsviger.
It's basically a sweet dough with a brown sugar topping. It's taken me quite a while to get it right - most home made versions have crunchy topping, and that's not how it should be.

Another favourite is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and filling. It's less heavy and not as sweet as the brunsviger.

JulesJules Thu 27-Jun-13 17:36:51

littleweeone I think this might be the Chococcino cake you mentioned:
Looks gorgeous

Loving this thread.

I think it's hard to beat a good brownie. I make choccy orange ones, mmmm,,,, Love Nigella's Guinness chocolate cake too. Oh and lemon drizzle cake... Oh and Mary Berry's Devonshire apple cake...

It may sound weird but a turkish spinach cake that I once ate in a restaurant in Oludeniz was amazing.

And I used to love my mum's cakes: Tarte Tatin (child of the eighties), an apple cake with sour cream and raisin topping, red currant merengue torte, german plum cake made with a yeasty dough.

I guess that's more than one...

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