I was "commissioned" (I use inverted commas because I wasn't actually paid) to make a cake for a colleague's birthday.
It was the first time that I've created a cake by completely drawing on elements that I have previously used. The cake used all recipes that I have used before just in a new combination.
The specification was based on the recipients preferred flavours: chocolate and banana with come caramel thrown in to round things out.
The flavours all worked really well together. I was worried that it might be rather too sweet, but that fear was definitely not realised. The banana cream brought a freshness with a depth of flavour coming from the chocolate fudge icing. There was a pleasing banana "aroma" permeating through the whole cake. Despite each mouthful being comprised of different elements, the whole thing worked rather well. It has a well-rounded flavour that was long on the palette.
I initially thought there many have been some benefit it using a butter-based chocolate cake rather than oil-based. however, this was based on trimmings of the cake in isolation. In combination with the other elements, however, I don't think anything need to change.
The recipe drew on the following elements:
Chocolate cake: Banana, chocolate and peanut butter cake with an added 100g melted chocolate added to the batter
Banana cake: Banana, chocolate and peanut butter cake
Chocolate fudge icing: Half the amount of Icing 4 from the wedding cake tasting with an added 1tsp of cocoa
Banana cream: Banana, chocolate and peanut butter cake
Caramel icing: Twice the amount of the external frosting from the Caramel cake