For years I have relied on the advice and recipes of Rose Levy Beranbaum (in The Cake Bible). I've been baking since I was a child, but Rose knows WHY everything works the way it does.
When my nephew married many years ago, I baked a chocolate cake from that book that was frosted with fondant to look like a woman's hat.
I know you'll find a selection of recipes if you consult her. Here is her web site,
but I would recommend the book as well, and/or her new prizewinner, "Rose's Heavenly Cakes."