I love to make cakes. They are easy to make, in general. Less messy and time consuming than making a pie. So gratifying. I have amassed recipes from all over in the years since I started baking, around 1971. From very simple Streusel Coffeecake, to the most decadent Flourless Chocolate Torte with Strawberry Buttercream, they are all great!
When I lived in Guatemala, I had to learn to make cakes (and most other things) from scratch. Once I started, I kept on going, trying any recipe I could. I had a copy of The Joy of Cooking (copyright 1966), a copy of Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook (copyright 1970), and four single-topic Better Homes & Gardens books. One of the single-topic books was "Pies and Cakes". I tried a lot of those recipes and frostings. My favorite cake is plain white cake. White icing on it is perfect. I am no chocoholic. I do make chocolate cakes, but they are not a favorite go-to. Luckily, my husband is no chocoholic, either, so this makes it easier. I have made coffeecakes of various sorts, usually with streusel. I have made coffeecakes in a bundt pan and other bundt cakes, chiffon cakes, angel food cakes (white, chocolate and spice), layer cakes of all kinds, carrot cakes, apple cakes. It is hard to even pick a favorite. My carrot cake is a particular favorite. To really select a favorite, it has to be the Fresh Apple Pecan Date Cake.