cake

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Soon I will need to have my stomach pumped. I’ve eaten out a million meals in the last week, all festive and all fun, but it’s catching up to my girlish figure. And, there’s been lots and lots of cake. Now, you know I am not going to turn down cake. And then I had to bake a cake, because today is my father-in-law’s 80th birthday, and they just arrived for a visit (last week was my mother-in-law’s birthday. She is not 80 … yet).
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Thar she blows! (Please ignore the fact that we need window trim)

And thank you, Smitten Kitchen, for the Best Birthday Cake recipe. I have to confess that at first I thought it was kind of bold of her to label this the BEST, but now I realize she had every right to call it the best. Despite having some issues with the frosting not softening quite as much as I had hoped (I left it in the fridge too long), the cake still turned out quite well, and oh, it is yummy. So, it’s kind of a foolproof recipe (I love to bake, but I would not consider myself super skilled). Now, I am usually all about the frosting, but with this cake? The cake is super delicious. It is moist and has notes of vanilla and buttermilk, and it pairs beautifully with the somewhat tangy and super chocolatey frosting. Super yum. Y’all should make it!
Okay, now I’m going to go find some elastic waistband pants and pass out on the floor.

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9 Responses to cake

  1. Lisa says:

    Happy Belated Birthday to you, too! (Did you have to make your own cake?)

  2. splatgirl says:

    wow, that guy is 80? He looks fantastic! So does the cake, btw.

  3. Seanna Lea says:

    That sounds like my next few weeks: homemade cheesecake, three batches of ice cream, a huge cake (well, a huge cake turned into a ginormous # of cupcakes), a cake for a friend who took the bar.
    It’s a good thing we can run or we would be forced into round puddles of goo on the floor!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Happy belated birthday Mariko!

  5. Emiko says:

    This looks like the perfect cake to make for my boyfriend’s birthday coming up – thanks for the link!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I thought birthday cakes didn’t have any calories in it?!
    I just got the book in the mail today. Thanks so much. I love it! I think running (or maybe walking) is going to be my new healthy obsession. Thanks a million –
    Jennifer

  7. Jessica says:

    Must. Try. Best. Cake. Recipe!!!
    Thanks for posting the link, I’m not one to turn down cake, either. :)

  8. bird says:

    buttermilk & vanilla in the cake sounds so divine! it reminds me of the Magnolia chocolate cupcake recipe. If you liked this cake, then you’ll like Magnolia’s recipe just as much! (it’s always a hit at parties- people just can’t seem to get enough!)

  9. Tizzy says:

    And such cute candles!

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