Here is the objectionable article, one titled The Best Cakes, In Order. What follows is a pointless and inane fluff piece (including photos!) of cakes, from worst to best. (Huh?) I would summarize it for you, but it is impossible and incoherent. Is it even possible, then, to rank The Best Cakes, In Order? Oh, absolutely it is. Jared and I have done it, and so will you, in Comments.
Nance's Best Cakes
Firstly, let me say that I prefer Pie, but if Cake is the thing, then I have a few Cake Rules, and they are: 1. The Cake must be cold; 2. The Cake must be dense; 3. The Cake must be moist. I would add that the Cake must be devoid of all coconut, but if the other three are in place, I can put up with it.
1. White Cake
2. Chocolate Cake
3. (Real/Fresh) Banana Cake
4. Angel Food Cake*
5. Lemon Pound Cake
I am a Cake Purist. I don't like a lot of fancy bullshit cakes. I don't like decorator icing or white canned frosting. If I had my way, all cakes (except Angel Food) would be the consistency of banana bread. Fluffy cake with a lot of crumbs is a failure to me; how do you know you've even eaten anything? And, again, let me restate my disdain for the Cupcake: hard to eat, stupidly trendy, usually dry, overly frosted, never as complexly flavoured as it's touted (Blueberry lime mojito vanilla mint! Nope.). *Angel Food Cake is the exception to almost everything. It is wonderful and I have no idea why.
White Cake, like Wedding Cake, is the best Cold Cake ever. Does it have a hint of almond flavouring? Yes, please. Does it have Hershey's chocolate frosting? Save me another piece. I almost never make this Cake because it is worky, separating eggs, storing and then remembering to use the yolks.
Unlike the stupid article, I don't differentiate among chocolate cakes. I like them all. (Except German Chocolate; hate that coconut stuff.) My mother made one called "Lazy Lady's Cake" with vinegar and cocoa, among other ingredients. She frosted it with homemade frosting with little chunks of pineapple in it. I always loved it. I make it once in a great while, and once I used orange juice and orange zest instead of pineapple, which was crazy good.
The only other one I want to discuss is Real/Fresh Banana Cake. If you have never taken a yellow, butter, or vanilla cake mix and added a couple of mashed-up bananas to it, then you have not experienced full Cake Enjoyment. I hoard overripe bananas in the freezer because I detest waste of any kind. I pull them out for baking. Just cut back on the oil about half. Frost with Hershey's chocolate frosting and put it in the fridge. You're welcome.
And now it's Jared's turn:
I want to first start off by saying that I do not particularly care for cake. Aside from the following five cakes, I find cake trivial and, frankly, vastly overrated. Two reasons: 1. Most Real dessert lovers eat pie. 2. The rest of them eat cobbler.
When Nance approached me about the cake post, I was excited. I like blogging with my mother. Also, it allowed me to think about something other than dumpsters and basketball. This is nice. It did, however, lead to a soul-crushing discovery. Red velvet cake = liar. There. I said it. It’s just white cake with food coloring? And cream cheese frosting? This is bullshit. What a waste. I will never eat it again. Ever. Over it.
So, here it is, the Definitive Cake Power Rankings By Jared:
1. Oatmeal Cake. And not just any oatmeal cake. Not some bullshit “my mom made it” oatmeal cake. I refuse to deal with that. Know why? BECAUSE MY MOM MADE IT AND IT CAN KICK YOUR MOM’S CAKE’S ASS. That’s why. Dense. Moist. Rich. My mother’s oatmeal cake may be her crowning dessert achievement. And that is saying something. I could eat an entire oatmeal cake right now. And I’m not even hungry. Not even a little. Plus, you know a cake is powerful stuff when it can make me have a glass of milk. That. Is. A. Serious. Fucking. Cake.
2. German Chocolate. It is the most dominant common cake of all time. Coconut, chocolate, and whatever that stuff is that binds the coconut together. I love that shit. And it has never lied to me the way that red velvet cake has. I know exactly what it is. And it loves me back. Unconditionally. Ever had a piece of German chocolate cake on the front porch with a coffee? No? Idiot. Go do it. Also, it is a textural tour de force. Crunchy, soft, gooey in all the right ways. It is as if someone asked for perfect and then this cake showed up. I consider this to be the Germans’ finest contribution to the world.
3. Carrot Cake. Does not taste like carrots. Also, don’t bog down my carrot cake with some sort of dried fruit frivolity, i.e. raisins. Also, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat cream cheese frosting? Carrot cake reminds me of fall. It tastes the way that a fall breeze feels when you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt and jeans and walking down to the store for something unimportant. Just a little frivolous. A little bit warm in the right way. But it also leaves you satisfied: Good. Now I did that. And I am better for it. That’s what carrot cake does.
4. Angel Food Cake. Light. Airy. Borderline whimsical. Just dense enough to feel like you’re eating something, but not enough to make you regret if you have a gigantic piece of it. Throw some blueberries with it. Slap a strawberry up there. Go on. It is so universal. It is the Ritz cracker of cakes. Anything + Angel Food Cake = Delicious. That’s science.
5. Bacon Cake. (Kidding. But how come this isn’t a thing?) Yellow Cake. Just a plain old yellow cake with chocolate frosting. But not too much. Because that is silly. Just enough to make it so that you can press the back of your fork against the paper plate to make sure you get each last crumb. Every time I think of it, I envision it on a paper plate. I like it better that way. That’s the right fucking way to eat yellow cake, dammit. Throw it in the refrigerator, please. Because it is ridiculous not to. Everyone likes yellow cake. I don’t like it, Jared. So…ha! Liar. Fool. Sillyheart. Everyone likes it. There is nothing to dislike about it. It’s like trying to hate a cup of cocoa after shoveling snow or hugging your grandmother on a holiday. If you hate yellow cake, you hate hugs. And grandmothers. Is that the kind of thing you want to stand for?
Ah, dear Readers. What a lot of fuss about Cake. Whether or not poor Marie Antoinette ever really did say, "Let them eat cake", I have to say that I like this takeoff much, much better.
Again, however, I prefer pie. We await your Comments.
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