From simple pound cakes to towering layer cakes, a complete guide to baking, plus ten classic cake recipes
Pictured: Devil's Food Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream (left), Golden Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting (right)
C akes celebrate the ceremonies and milestones of our livesbirthdays, weddings, and almost any other festive occasionand for good reason. No matter the varietylayer cakes, sheet cakes, Bundt cakes, cheesecakesbrought to the table at the end of the meal, a cake always elicits admiration. Cookies are delightful and pies are tasty, but no dessert is quite as impressive as a beautifully baked and finished cake.
Ten Iconic CakesChocolate devil's food cake topped with Italian meringue buttercream; can be baked in round layers or as cupcakes
Chicago-style cheesecake with graham-cracker crust; baked in a springform pan and topped with blueberry preserves Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Flourless chocolate cake, flavored with coffee and baked in a water bath