This is a simple cake that travels nicely.
A favorite side dish of mom's.
Mom made these for every occasion. They are very well liked.
She always made a cookie sheet of sponge cake and then cut them into 1 inch squares before icing with confectioner's Icing and then rolling in coconut. She made a second variety where she would flavor the icing with maple syrup and roll the cookies in chopped walnuts.
This vanilla vertical-layer cake is stuffed and iced with strawberry buttercream. You could of course, use any filling and icing you prefer.
I like this cake because it is similiar to a German Baumkuchen, but this is simplier to make.
This is a rich, delicious frosting. You could increase the 10x sugar to a full cup. You could also substitute cocoa for some of the sugar to make a chocolate frosting.
Some recipes call for beating the cheese and sugar together. Then, beat the cream separately and fold the two together. This probably yields a lighter frosting.
There was a reality TV show called "Cake Boss". Margot especially enjoyed it. It was about a bakery in New Jersey and the family who ran it. The bakery was handed down to the children from their dad. The dad's speciality was Cream Puff Cake. Sounds good, no?
Anyway, I took this recipe from the Internet. It makes a cream puff pastry to fit a 9 X 13 pan. You could use a larger recipe and have it fit a sheet pan. This recipe puts the filling on top of the pastry. I think I would split the puff and fill it, just like a traditional cream puff.
This recpipe used a cream cheese filling. I would probably use the regular filling in this collection--the one with the secret ingredient from Savoia's bakery.
Or, you could use this recipe but substitute Marscapone for the Cream Cheese.
....and then there's always just regular pudding.
This is IT!!!! It's the only dessert Aunt May ever made. We waited for it every holiday. I've never seen it anywhere in a cookbook or on the Internet.