The basic layer cake has one, straightforward method of construction with one variation.
This cake will have a tender crumb, substantial enough to feel like you enjoyed some cake without being so heavy that you regret eating it. It’s a good everyday cake. Observe, the basic layer (spice variation):
Sometimes, though, you need something more enticing. At a dinner party, if you are offering drinks, appetizers, an entree, a side and a salad, by the time you serve coffee no one wants to think about another mouthful of food, let alone eat some heavy-assed, overly-sweet dessert.
If you feel you must offer a dessert, a bit of light cake, with some sliced fruit or unsweetened fresh whipped cream topping, might hit the spot. Fortunately, the basic layer cake will oblige you, by modifying one ingredient:
When I get around to baking another cake, I will update this post with a snap of the “Light” method. In the meantime, rest assured that the texture will feel surprisingly delicate, yet the cake will still be rich and substantial.