How to Make the Perfect Anniversary Cake

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marriage anniversary cake is a sweet and special celebration. It is a day when you commemorate the time that you have spent together and vow to spend more years with each other.

A cake is the perfect way to add sweetness to this occasion. Whether you are celebrating your 1st, 25th or 50th anniversary, there are some yummy options for you to choose from.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake is a showstopping way to celebrate any occasion. From Valentine’s Day to birthdays, it has become a classic way to impress guests and friends alike.

This recipe takes a twist on traditional chocolate cake by adding cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar. The acid in the buttermilk and vinegar react with the baking soda to help leaven the cake. The addition of vinegar also helps to emulsify the oil in the cocoa so that the cake stays moist.

White vinegar is used instead of lemon juice because it does not change the color as much. The acid in the vinegar is also said to enhance the color of the cocoa because it reactivates the natural anthocyanins in the cocoa.

The natural cocoa in this recipe is paired with sweet vanilla and tangy buttermilk to create a light, fluffy texture. If the cake layers do dome during baking, use a serrated knife to trim them off and create even layers.

Vanilla Caramel Cake

A buttery soft vanilla layer cake blanketed with a simple (no candy thermometer needed) caramel icing.

Eggs — the eggs provide structure, leavening, richness and flavor to the cake layers. Powdered Sugar — also known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar, is used to add sweetness and to thicken the frosting.

Cream Cheese — you’ll want to use a room temperature cream cheese. It will be easier to work with and will make the frosting smoother.

Caramel Sauce — a good quality caramel topping is important to get the best flavor and consistency. Set aside a cup of the caramel sauce to pour over the baked cake.

Preheat the oven to 350oF. Grease and flour two 9″ round pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat at high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Alternately add the milk and caramel sauce, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake is a classic and versatile recipe. It is often used for holiday cakes and can be made with a variety of fruits, including berries, melon, pineapple, mango, oranges and bananas. This delicious cake is also popular for weddings and anniversary celebrations.

Sponge cakes and Angel Food cakes make ideal bases for this dessert. You can use a variety of cream fillings, such as sugar-free whipped cream, creme legere or whipped chocolate ganache. You can also decorate the top and sides of the cake with sliced almonds, if desired.

For a special touch, consider making a spiral orange peel rose to add to the top of the cake. To keep the cake fresh, it is best to wait to add the fruit topping until right before serving time, as this helps prevent weeping. To keep the fruit from sinking into the batter, lightly toss it in all-purpose flour or a spoonful of the dry cake powder before folding it into the batter.

Chocolate Cake

From grand celebrations to little moments made magical, nothing says happiness like chocolate cake. These deeply sentimental confections bring a sense of golden warmth to every moment and linger in the memory forever.

Make this simple cake with your choice of frosting or chocolate sauce. To make a simple chocolate sauce, melt 1 cup of dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl. Then add to your cooled cake and spread evenly.

You can use a variety of ingredients in this chocolate cake recipe to change the flavor, such as substituting vanilla extract with orange or almond. Other options include using buttermilk in place of the whole milk, or adding espresso or a dash of your favorite liqueur.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add wet ingredients: milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Stir in boiling water last. Batter will be thin.

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