The other day, I was going through my blog reader and this cake jumped out at me. Nicole, who writes the blog Baking Bites, described this as a good any occasion cake. Normally, I am not the biggest fan of yellow cakes. First, if I am going to eat cake, it might as well be chocolate, and second, yellow cakes often seem to be lacking in flavor, making them only a vehicle for the frosting (which is not necessarily a bad thing).
This yellow cake was amazing. It had a lot of good flavor and was very light and moist, possibly from using cake flour and buttermilk, both of which I have found add lots of yumminess to cake.
The frosting on this cake -- chocolate cream cheese -- was also delicious. I added more cream cheese than the recipe called for because I really like that tang in my cream cheese frosting. I also used low fat cream cheese, since that is what I had around and it worked out fine.
The only trouble I had with this cake is that I forgot to put parchment in the bottom of the pan (or I was just lazy -- I won't tell you which) and it stuck big time, even when the pan was buttered and floured. I think I lost about a half an inch, which was ok, because this cake rises high. The moral of the story -- parchment paper your pans before baking!
I took this cake to a meeting, where it was a big hit. I think it would also be great as the base to any kind of birthday cake. But Nicole is right -- this is a great any occasion cake, even when you just want a slice of cake after dinner.
You can find the recipe here, on Nicole's website.