This cake originally ran as part of a Betty Crocker cake mix ad campaign in the 1970s, offering the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. We tweaked the recipe to accommodate a homemade cake and boosted the chocolate and strawberry flavors as well. Now this is a cake worth revisiting.
Ambrosia, food of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology, is something a bit more humble in most American households. But the tall and tropical ambrosia cake has more heavenly aspirations.
A surprise layer of merigue adds crunch to strawberries and cream.
Statuesque Lady Baltimore Cake is dressed to impress, with three layers of tender white cake, stripes of dried fruit and nut filling, and mounds of sticky meringue-like icing.
In the 1950s, garden-themed cakes started cropping up in cookbooks like wildflowers and took on names such as chrysanthemum and pink azalea. The Brown-Eyed Susan Cake, with the flavors of orange and chocolate, is one of our favorites from this period.