National Cake Day

Rich. Dense. Airy. Moist. Dry. Sweet. Savory. By no means am I a cake expert, but I do prefer a cake that would please Goldilocks in that it is just rich enough, just moist enough, and with just sweet enough frosting. Today is National Cake Day, so I thought I would share some of my favorite cake and frosting recipes with you all should you need some inspiration for your next get together, night-in, or fairytale taste test.

Kelsey Banfield  for Food52

Kelsey Banfield for Food52

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Sarah Jampel  for Food52

Sarah Jampel for Food52

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Perfect for birthdays. And every day. I made this cake for Christmas dessert last year (in a bundt pan), for a friend's birthday party (in mini cake molds with surprise sprinkles on the inside) and when my sweet tooth called today.



Lemon Angel Food Cake with Preserved Lemon Curd

When you want to wow. I made this for a dinner party with friends once and it was d.e.v.o.u.r.e.d. The recipe comes from High Street on Hudson here in New York - also worth checking out if you find yourself in the West Village.



Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds

As soon as you see the cans of pumpkin appear at the market, get going. I made this for the first time last Thanksgiving and it was definitely on the menu again this year. In fact, pumpkin pie and I are on a break now. Make it slightly healthier: cut back on the powdered sugar in the icing and simply toast the pumpkin seeds.

If you have a favorite cake and/or frosting recipe, please send me an email or share it in the comments below. (I'd especially love to expand my frosting list.) This is the first of many cake posts to come!