Emily Dwass' story this week, "Mad for crazy cake," includes a couple of great recipes for these classic cakes, one for a rich chocolate and the other a fun lemon poppyseed cake.
We started testing the cakes two weeks ago. We ran through each recipe to familiarize ourselves with the method, make sure the recipes worked as expected, and get a look at the finished cakes so we could figure out how to approach shooting the final versions in the studio.
The chocolate cake recipe worked fairly well; the method worked without a hitch, and the final cake was flavorful, though we thought the texture could have been a bit more tender (it was on the spongy side). That spongy texture was more noticeable with the poppyseed cake, and the leavening didn't seem to be working as well.
So I contacted Emily to run through the recipes and compare results.