What Are the Best From-Scratch Cake Recipes?


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Some of the best made-from-scratch cake recipes include lemon-coconut cake with mascarpone frosting, toffee crunch cake and banana-caramel cake. Other great cakes include the classics such as blue-ribbon butter cake, marvelous marble cake and classic red velvet cake.

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To make a lemon-coconut cake from scratch, beat 1 1/3 cups butter and 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift 4 cups cake flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with 1 1/3 cups whole milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract until a batter forms. In another bowl, separate 7 egg whites, and beat them until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter, and spread into three round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 28 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the lemon-coconut filling by combining 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, 2/3 cup lemon curd, 1/4 cup sour cream and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. For the mascarpone frosting, beat together 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoons coconut extract. Once the mixture is foamy, add in 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the softened mascarpone cheese.

Spread the lemon-coconut filling between each cake layer. Frost the cake with the mascarpone cheese mixture.

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