Ruth Reichl calls this the cake that cures everything. The recipe produces a large stacked rectangular layer cake with whipped cream cheese in the frosting to add lightness and stability. (Photo: Melina Hammer for The New York Times)
Coconut Southern Comfort Layer Cake - Bon Appétit added two tsp of vanilla and imitation coconut in cake as well as 2 tsp vanilla in icing. I also used sweet coconut flakes instead and I only did four layers.
There is very little that needs to be said about a chocolate mousse cake. This one lives up to its name. It is gloriously intense. But the whisked egg whites ensure that it has a balancing lightness. (Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)