Longish...My daughter's eight birthday is next week and she has two requests - a dense and moist lemon cake for her at home birthday cake and great vanilla cupcakes for school. She wants half of the cupcakes iced with orange frosting and the others with chocolate.
My daughter loves Starbucks iced lemon loaf cake and that is what inspired her desire for the birthday cake - so the richer and denser and more pound cake-ish the better. I'm a very good cook/decent baker but don't bake enough to know what factors make a cake super dense and moist and rich. I have a great Red Velvet recipe that is very moist and it's a buttermilk cake made with self rising flour. Do I need a recipe with those two ingredients to get an extremely moist cake? Should I google for that? Also, I did find a triple lemon layer cake recipe here posted by Becca. It seems it could fit the bill very well. Does anyone including Becca have thoughts on whether this might work for my daughter's request?
Now for the first part of my inquiry - the two cupcake frostings. They need to be frostings not icings/glazes. Does anyone have tried and true great but not super labor intensive orange and/or chocolate frosting recipes? I may decide to use the ganache frosting from a fabulous epicurious chocolate cake I made for her birthday last year so most urgent is the orange. Obviously if anyone has a great lemon recipe or similar I can change that up for the orange.
Helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!