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    Posted: Feb 23 2014 at 9:49am
Just sitting here on at my desk and I was browsing through the Ultimate Food Thread and it has got me thinking, what makes makes a good cake.  I remember one cake this girl brought to school (high school) and she swore up and down that her momma makes the best cake in the world.  I took a bite and was shocked that the cake was so greasy.  Like if you rubbed it against a paper bag, the bag would become see through and eventual the bag will breakdown.  When I inquired about what flavoring her mother used, she acted like she couldn't divulged and it was on some Mrs. Fields standards(not now but back then) when really it was some bullsheit level of baking.  I knew she used lemon flavoring and I had no desire to recreate it or copy it.  Another cake I had, well two separate occasions, that was disappointing was that it was crumbly as hell like cornbread.  Maybe I am used to YT baking or what but I can't stand these fall apart cakes.  I am not saying that it has to be dense like fudge but damn at least let it hold its shape when it is being cut.  But on the flip side, I am partial to the light and fluffy cakes that is easy on the frosting.  In fact I prefer no frosting on my cake unless it is German chocolate cake.  So what makes a cake to you?


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moist, buttery, thick, frosting (not that whipped air sh*t either, like traditional buttercream frosting).
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Moist and not artificial tasting, plus I prefer it to look nice. Most people want to cheat and be lazy with a cake, you gotta sift that flour and not go to Dollar Tree for imitation vanilla flavoring. 

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Flavor, moist, light, fluffy and how it looks
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I like moist ( not greasy) medium density mild flavor cake.
Frosting makes a cake for me.

I learned a while ago that people's palets adjust to what they are used to. Even if it's nasty. I never take people seriously when they talk about their parents cooking.

One lady bought salty cookies to work one day. I learned later she doesn't like sweets so she is always light on sugar when she bakes.



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Moistness, flavour and depending on the cake if it's light and fluffy (some cakes are meant to be dense).

If the cake has icing then a good ratio of icing to cake- Too much icing can ruin a good cake. Also the flavour of the icing should compliment the cake and not over power it.
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now i want some cake.. 

i cosign what the others said.. 
moistness is important 
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I also feel that a good cheesecake is hard to find.  Most bakeries sell it way too mealy/dry, or mushy.  Then they heap it with overly-sweetened fruits and fruitsauce, and it just kills it for me.
 
My favorite cheesecake is Olive Garden's white chocolate raspberry cheesecake
 
 
 
It's cheesecake with swirls of raspberries inside, topped with whipped cream and white chocolate shavings as well as raspberry sauce.  Then, the crust is a chocolate graham type, or crushed oreo wafers.  The best part is the occasional chunk of white chocolate you'll bite into mixed into the cake.
 
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cake should be moist, light and fluffy, soft..

it should never taste like stale/dry bread.
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