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What can I do to save my cake?

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loukoumades | | Apr 28, 2010 11:50 AM

It's a birthday cake for a kids party so it doesn't have to be a gourmet experience. But there will be adults there too and I'd like the cake to be nice at least.

I don't have much experience with layer cakes. Here's where I am.

I've baked 2 yellow cakes using a recipe from smittenkitchen. I now have four layers for my layer cake. The cakes came out just ok - they seem moist and soft, but they smelt and tasted quite floury and underbaked. I baked them long enough though, any more and they'd have been too dry. They also have brown spots in them, i don't know why - but I posted separately about that.

So I'm wondering:
- should up pep up the cakes with a syrup? Will this help with the underbaked taste/smell? Any suggestions for flavouring the syrup?
- what should I fill them/cover them with? Preferably something chocolate - frosting or ganache. I've never done frosting before and am nervous. Also I often find frosting is just too sugary. Any good recipes to recommend?

Thanks!

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