I'm planning to make my own birthday cake soon to share with friends at home. This year I'd like a girly-girl cake like the one my mom used to make me when I was a child. I'm envisioning fluffy white cake layers flavored with almond extract, filled and iced with sweetened whipped cream (stabilized with gelatin perhaps?), with chopped-up maraschino cherries in between the layers. I may or may not garnish the top or sides with toasted almond slivers for a slightly grown-up touch. Or I might go with coconut for the outside instead. I might like to try a rolled maripan layer in between the outside of the cake and the whipped cream. I know of a great recipe for a one-layer butter cake made with almond paste in a springform pan, but that's not what I'm going for here. I need fluffy, red-and-white girlitude.
I'd welcome your recipes or recommendations for the almond white cake layers. Comments on piping with stabilized whipped cream and on rolling marzipan to cover a cake also most welcome. Thanks!