"People will swear these are from a fancy bakery," says Atlas of this tempting shortcut. To follow her lead: Use a serrated knife to cut the crust off a pound cake, then slice the cake into one-inch squares. Place them on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath, pour icing over the squares, and let set for an hour. Atlas's 60-second icing recipe? Mix four tablespoons of water to two cups of sifted confectioner's sugar. Tint the mixture by stirring in a bit of gel food-coloring.
Lamingtons - Squares of sponge cake are dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut to create these delectable morsels, which are perennial best sellers at Australian bake sales and a great accompaniment to an afternoon tea. If you have any left over, seal them in an airtight container and keep for up to two days. The cakes should be made a day in advance and chilled or frozen before icing.
Cookie Monster Birthday Cake with Cookie Dough Filling
Cookie Monster Birthday Cake with Cookie Dough Filling: Moist, dark chocolate mocha cake, with a delicious layer of (eggless, of course!) cookie dough in the middle... Pretty much heaven in cake-form. Decorated to look like Cookie Monster for a 3 year old's birthday!