I LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake!!!! Of course, I have been trying to lay off lately because I need to get my bum into shape and eating butter, sugar, and flour (the holy trinity) ain’t gonna work for me! But, sometimes there comes an exception.
When a friend asks – will you bake for me? The answer is always – without a doubt – YES!!! Then I ask for details:
– Layers? Sheet? Cupcakes?
Well, this past weekend – this scenario happened. And my friend provided the following answers for her perfect birthday cake idea:
– Chocolate? NO
– Layers? Sheet? Cupcakes? Layers
– Nuts? NO
– Fruit? YES!
I have to say that when I ask these questions, I always invitably expect to hear (chocolate, layers, no nuts, no fruit). This time – it was fruit all the way!
After little research (namely because the answer came so fast!), I found the ANSWER! Hailed as the PERFECT party cake – I knew I had to try. Now enter – Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake. You can find the recipe here, here, and many other places. Dorie even gives tips here.
The cake took me a while to prepare. Total time (with cooling of layers in between) was about 4 hours.
And here is the final result: (I’m not the best decorator but I am practicing!!)
Did I take pictures of the inside? No. Why? Two reasons: (1) I’m not very bright and (2) Everyone (about 9 people) finished the cake in 10 minutes! By the time I even picked up a camera, I was done with my slice and others were too. Drat the luck!
Final opinion: I loved the cake. Very light, moist and had an excellent crumb. The lemon and raspberry worked excellently together. I, however, was not the biggest fan of the butter cream frosting – which seems to be a bit of an issue with others that have reviewed it, as well. I would definitely make this cake again – but am still searching for the perfect butter cream frosting recipe!
And, I suppose most importantly – the birthday girl was very very happy!