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America’s Test Kitchen Special Issue: Great American Cakes (2017)

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  • Bananas Foster cake

    • Analyze on February 06, 2019

      So...this is a really delicious cake! I'm not a fan of bananas foster, but still gave it a try, and enjoyed the cake enough to make it twice. If you DO like bananas foster, I would imagine that this cake would be ridiculously good to you. I used the Cook's Illustrated Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake recipe for the yellow cake layers. The banana-rum-cinnamon caramel filling is delicious. The frosting is great if you like a little booze in your dessert; that's not really my thing (or my husband's), but it's not the cake's fault :) So while it's not a repeat recipe for me, it was one of those recipes where I was very impressed and it just needs the right eater :) The rum-caramel drizzle is divine, and would be amazing on ice cream. If you're contemplating making this cake because the flavors appeal to you, DO IT! :)

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  • Published May 01 2017
  • Format Magazine
  • Page Count 96
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen

Publishers Text

Showstopping, Celebration-Worthy Cakes

This special issue is packed with recipes for imaginative cakes, from three-layer cakes such as Chocolate Turtle Cake to our multilayered Confetti Layer Cake and Apricot-Almond Meringue Cake to ice cream cakes, including S'mores Ice Cream Cake. Impress your guests with our whimsical Pumpkin Patch Cake or Raspberry-White Chocolate Bombe. Or whip up a cake based on a favorite cocktail such as Mint Julep Cake or Pina Colada Cake. No matter the occasion, in this issue you find a cake that's just right.

A few more featured cakes:

Lemon Lover's Cake - Although this cake looks elegant and dainty, there's nothing delicate about its bold citrus flavor, which packs a punch in the cake, frosting, lemon curd topping, and candied lemon garnish. You can used jarred lemon curd in this recipe (we share our favorite brand).

Red Velvet Cheesecake - This crowd-pleaser of a cake combined two beloved classic desserts. Melted white chocolate and gelatin gave structure to the cheesecake filling, and we crumbled part of two red velvet cake rounds to decorate the sides of the elegant cake. Our buttercream frosting was quick and easy to prepare, and mixed with a bit of cream cheese it unites the layers perfectly.

Bananas Foster Cake - We filled layers of yellow cake with bananas cooked in a rum-laced caramel. The fluffy frosting got a generous dose of rum as well, and we topped the cake with banana slices and more of the caramel sauce, which we enriched with butter for extra decadence.