As you all know, I love experimenting with pretty cake designs, but have been having some not-so-good luck with cake recipes. Usually, the cake decorating books recommend a Madeira cake to work with. Madeira cakes are excellent for shaping and carving, because they are dry as the desert! No desert desserts here.
While at Books-A-Million, I perused the baking sections. They have a great selection of cake recipe books, as well as cake decorating books. After looking through all of them, I purchased "500 Cakes: The Only Cake Compendium You'll Ever Need, " by Susannah Blake.
It's a small book, maybe 5" x 5" but it's full of a lot of different cake recipes, like classic cakes, coffee cakes, cheesecakes, tortes & gateaux, etc.
I have already attempted two recipes (banana cake and classic wedding) and I am impressed with the tastes. Tomorrow evening's attempt: Coffee & Praline Layer Cake. I'll let you know how it goes.