All Things Cake

Whole lotta chocolate cake.
Whole lotta chocolate cake. Photo by Erika Kwee
Whole lotta chocolate cake. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
Whole lotta chocolate cake.
Photo by Erika Kwee

It's time once again to round up our top posts of yore, and this weekend, we're looking at cake. Yes, the dessert that everyone loves. Chances are you'll be looking for a few good slices to serve or seek out with Easter on Sunday. Here you go.

A near perfect slice. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
A near perfect slice.
Photo by Erika Kwee

Eat the Best Chocolate Cake in Houston

I never thought I’d meet a chocolate cake I didn’t like — until we tasted 14 cakes side by side. From gargantuan high-brow restaurant slices to humble local bakery offerings, most cakes revealed some unexpected strengths and weaknesses in relation to the other cakes.

Let it be noted that while each cake underwent a rigorous critique of flavor, texture, appearance and cake-to-frosting ratio during the tasting, if you were to indulge in any of the following slices, you'd likely be pretty happy with your life choice. However, read on to find out what may be your ideal cake if you prefer fudgy over fluffy, lightness over richness, more frosting versus less frosting, and our overall top three favorite cakes.

Put some beer in it. - PHOTO BY MICHELLE SCHRANK
Put some beer in it.
Photo by Michelle Schrank
How to Make a Chocolate Stout Cake

Regular chocolate cake is delicious. But you know what’s better? Regular chocolate cake with a rich, full-bodied stout beer mixed in. Just like adding salt or spices, incorporating beer into your cake batter only works to enhance the depth of flavor.

That topping is made of what? - PHOTO BY MOLLY DUNN
That topping is made of what?
Photo by Molly Dunn
Top 5 Cupcake Toppings

Cupcakes are hands-down my favorite treats: personal cakes with the perfect amount of frosting to cake. Not to mention, they're super-cute with pretty piped frosting on top.

However, as much as I love decorating the top of each cupcake with a swirl of frosting and possibly some sprinkles, I have found several ways to decorate your cupcakes with a sweet topping other than frosting.

Here is my top-five list of cupcake toppings you can use to add a sweet finish to your cupcakes.

How many layers can you handle? - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLUFF BAKE BAR
How many layers can you handle?
Photo courtesy of Fluff Bake Bar
Ten Best Places to Get Your Next Cake

It's graduation season, which means two things: uncomfortable polyester robes and cake.

Of course, I've never needed an excuse like graduation to order and then devour a custom cake (Congrats, it's Tuesday, here's a cake!), but if you need to justify your consumption, I'm sure you can think of something. Birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, new babies, new houses, quitting your shitty job, divorces, days that end in "y." All of these are legitimate excuses to eat cake.
Ice cream cake makes everything better. - PHOTO COURTESY OF BETTY CROCKER
Ice cream cake makes everything better.
Photo courtesy of Betty Crocker
Top Five Ice Cream and Cake Combinations

Although cake and ice cream can stand alone as their own desserts, when you put them together, it's heavenly.

It's easy to pair vanilla or chocolate ice cream with a simple cake, but there are other combinations that will make your taste buds say thank you. Here's my top-five list of ice cream and cake combinations you can make into an ice cream cake, cupcake or as separate desserts paired together.
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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.