I'm making a birthday cake this weekend. A "vanilla" cake has been requested.
In the past, I've made 2-layer white or yellow cakes (using Cake Bible recipes), filled with vanilla pastry cream lightened with whipped cream, and iced with neoclassic buttercream, for this family. These cakes have been very well received. BUT, I'm really bored with this combination - I've made it for several birthdays, including one just 8 weeks ago.
Does anyone have a suggestion for a different filling? I definitely can't do chocolate or nuts, and I think I should avoid fruit.
As a side note, there will be about 20 people eating cake. Do you think I should do a 3 layer 9" cake, or a 2 layer 12" cake (I unfortunately don't have 10" pans).