Being the selfless person that I am (please pardon the ego; I'm not really this self-absorbed), I offered to make her cake for free. All I asked was that she supply the ingredients (we're talking boxed cake mix so it'll be easier but homemade frosting and fillings).
So we had a little chat. "What flavors do you want for your tiers?" I asked. She knew she wanted the bottom layer to have an amaretto flavor (I'm still working out the kinks for this one). She turned to her fiance and asked what he wanted. "Red velvet," he mumbled through a mouthful of Doritos. Well, sorry dude, that's what flavor the groom's cake is so let's go with something else. How about lemon??? The other tier is going to reminiscent of a Black Forest Gateau.
I actually made the lemon and black forest cakes. I just forgot to take pictures of the latter (just pretend one of these cakes is chocolate with some cherry puree peeking out over the whipped cream). I have to make it again anyway. Since this is just a taste test, I didn't frost them or even bother to make them look pretty. I was happy just to get them level. We decided that the lemon needed more lemon flavor (that's what I get for going to boxed route), but that is easily fixed with lemon zest and juice. The black forest needed more cherry (I pureed a can a Bing cherries, but it was a bit too watery; I didn't want the top layer to slide off as I drove across town with it). Below is the recipe for the whipped cream filling I used for both (not that you really need it since it's so easy). Next time, when I separate it into two batches, I'll add lemon zest to the lemon one.
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 Tbl vanilla extract
2 Tbl white sugar (this is a guess, I didn't measure too well; I wanted it to be just sweet enough)
- In a clean mixing bowl, whip heavy cream to soft peak stage. Add vanilla and sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
This can be modified with different extracts (almond would probably be really good). I may even scrap the whole whipped cream idea and go with a buttercream instead.