We love making a simple round cake for parties. They require one pan — usually a 9-inch cake pan or a springform pan — and are decorated with a poured-on glaze or ganache, a dusting of powdered sugar, or nothing at all. Throw a fanned-out strawberry in the middle of a dense, chocolate cake, put some whipped cream in a bowl to serve on the side, and you're finished.
We know layer cakes are tempting... They are such showstoppers. And pies are, well, pies are amazing. So certainly don't let us fence you in. But, Cure party or not, if you don't have time to roll out a pie crust or wrestle with a bowl of frosting, simple single-layer cakes are a godsend.
They look beautiful on a cake stand and are easy to slice and serve. Even the dessert shy will take a small sliver. These cakes are just... approachable.
Here are a few great ones from our archives:
- Bittersweet Baking Finalist: Double Shot Chocolate Cake
- Meyer Lemon and Walnut Cake with Honey Syrup
- Caramel Banana Cake
- Pecan Cake
- Cranberry Cake
How about Flourless Citrus Cake, Grapefruit Yogurt Cake, or Anise Seed Cake with Orange Icing? Sara Kate created these (and other) amazing one-pan cakes in her book, The Greyston Bakery Cookbook. Buy it at Amazon.