This is a subtle cake: the coffee tempers the sweetness, and the buttery sweetness keeps it all mellow. Even if you don't make cakes, this one is a cinch. Don't be alarmed if the two sponge layers look thin when you unmold them. They are meant to be, because the cake gains a lot of height with its frosting. This cake is all about old-fashioned, homespun charm, so don't worry about how messy it looks: however the frosting goes on is fine. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)
Four thin, airy layers of hazelnut torte are sandwiched between billowy, lightly sweetened whipped cream. One of the easiest cakes you can make, and it will have everyone thinking you bought it at a bakery.
Recipe for Lemon Coconut Cake - Tangy lemon filling between layers of tender white cake. Top it all off with a rich coconut-cream cheese frosting. It's no wonder some people think that it is one of the best cakes they’ve ever eaten.