Making a cake is both art and science whipped together to deliver not only a spectacle to make people’s mouth watery but also deliver the tinges and flavors to satisfy your taste buds. Around the world, you will find people making cakes and indefinitely carry much of the culture within them.
In the US, cakes are considered an icon of American culture. Some are made to celebrate festive events, while others pay homage to national heroes or dedicated to auspicious occasions like birthdays, weddings, graduations, and anniversaries.
According to a recent study by Brandon Gaille, decorated cakes represent more than 26.3% of cake categories in the US, while 5.7% of cakes represent the ice cream cake category. Furthermore, the baking industry generates over $30 billion in revenues every year, representing 2.1% of the United States’ GDP.
Currently, over 6,000 retail bakeries and over 3,000 commercial locations produce well for the cake industry. The economic impact of baked goods produced and sold in the US totals $423 billion.
In light of this information, let’s take a quick look at some of the most innovative cake design ideas that moms and bakery enthusiasts can try this year.
1. Black Walnut Layer Cake
Let’s start with a nonconventional pick that can clearly excite you and your loved ones while you dig in further. Start by preheating the oven to 350-degrees and line the bottoms of 3 greased 9 inch round baking pans with grease parchment. Add cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy (takes around 5-7 minutes). Now add vanilla and eggs and beat them together.
In another bowl, whisk together baking soda, flour, and salt with creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk while beating them together. Once that is done, fold in the walnuts. Transfer this mixture to the prepared pans and bake for at least 20-25 minutes.
Now cool your product completely. For frostings, beat butter and cream cheese together while adding vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar with enough buttermilk. Spread one cup of frosting between cake layers and spread one cup of frosting on the top of the cake. You can also top with additional walnuts if desired.
2. Blue Ribbon Red Velvet Cake
You simply cannot go wrong with a red velvet cake as your choice of the day. They are simply scrumptious, with diehard fans all over the place. Start by preheating the oven to 350-degrees and line the bottoms of 2 greased 9-inch round pans with grease parchment.
Beat 1.5 cups of canola oil, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar together until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together baking cocoa, baking soda, flour, and sugar into the oil mixture.
Transfer the batter to prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool the produce for 10 minutes. For frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Cut the cake into layers and start adding frosting on top of each layer. Don’t forget to frost the top and sides when finished.
3. Cherry Nut Cake
Add a different spin to the conventional cherry cake with this brilliant choice of recipe. As usual, preheat the oven to 35-degrees and line the bottoms of 2 greased 9-inch baking with grease parchment. In a large bowl, add cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.
In a small bowl, mix cream and cherry juice together. In another bowl, whisk baking powder, flour, and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture until well blended and then fold in cherries as well as walnuts. In another bowl, place egg whites and beat them to stiff glossy peaks form. Now fold into the batter.
Now transfer the batter to prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool the produce for 10 minutes afterwards. For frosting, beat cream until it begins to thicken, then add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Now add frosting to each layer of the cake and spread whipped cream on the top. Decorate the top with cherries, and voila!
4. Cranberry-Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze
This can very well be a good choice for an upcoming wedding event. For sugared cranberries, simply heat corn syrup till warm and gently toss them in the syrup. Now add sugar to the coat and let them stand on waxed paper for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees and place cranberries in a 15x10-inch baking pan sprinkled with sugar. Bake until soft and bubbly for about 35-45 minutes while stirring occasionally, and then cool to room temperature. In a bowl, beat butter and brown sugar while adding eggs one at a time.
Beat in applesauce. In another bowl, whisk baking powder, flour, cream of tartar, and salt while adding creamed mixture with orange juice. Also, stir in cooled cranberries. Transfer the batter into a prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes. Cool the produce for 15 minutes. For frosting, beat butter, confectioner’s sugar, and lemon juice till smooth. Brush over cake and serve with orange slices.
5. Majestic Pecan Cake
Here is another one out of the ordinary. Grease and flour 3 9-inch round baking pans and set them aside. In a large bowl, add butter, cream, shortening, and 1.75 cups of sugar. Beat them until light and fluffy, and also add vanilla. Combine baking powder, flour, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture with milk and beat them until well blended.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form and add 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time until stiff peaks form. Now fold into the batter and also fold in nuts. Bake in a preheated oven at 350-degrees for 18-22 minutes. Cool the produce for 10 minutes.
For frosting, take a small heavy saucepan and combine sugar with cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Add egg yolks to the pan and stir constantly. Heat this mixture to a gentle boil and cook for 2 minutes. Now remove heat and stir in butter as well as vanilla. Add frosting between the cake layers and the top. Store the cake in the refrigerator before serving.
In a large saucepan, combine beer, butter, and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter and chocolate are melted. Whisk in cocoa and milk powder, then transfer to a large bowl, let it remain standing for 15 minutes.
Add sour cream and eggs to the chocolate mixture and beat until well blended. Combine baking soda, flour, and salt while beating into a chocolate mixture until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in a preheated oven at 350-degrees for 32-36 minutes. Cool the produce for 10 minutes.
For frosting, take a heavy saucepan to add sugar and liqueur. Gently boil and add egg yolks while also stirring in vanilla. Add this to creamy butter fluff. Add in sugar mixture and milk powder. Don’t forget to apply frosting in between cake layers, on the sides and on the top of the cake. Refrigerate before serving.
Who doesn’t love to have cake? Cakes come in all shape, sizes, and varieties. Plus, they are good-feel items for any event or party. People gather around a cake to celebrate special occasions, and a well-baked cake can simply make your day all the more enjoyable.
Hat’s off to all the moms out there who bake cakes every year and spread smiles across the faces of loved ones. I hope this post offered you some great ideas for trying out and surprise your family members and friends. That’s it for now. Cheers and Bon Appetite!
Claudia Jeffrey currently works as the Assistant Editor at Crowd Writer and Assignment Assistance. She is quite fond of indulging herself in pop culture, including anime, movies, music, and video games. She likes to try out new recipes that she could find online to delight guests and residents at home during her free time.