School is finally out and summer is starting to emerge. The breakfasts that we eat at 10 instead of 6, and dinners at 9 instead of 6; and lunch has become an array of snacks throughout the day, not normally a sit down meal. It’s heaven. I love it to death. Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few months. I probably should have waited to start this blog but at the time it sounded like a good idea. The last few months of school were a whirlwind. Project after project then getting capped off with a hectic finals week. Thankfully, it all went well and sophomore year is behind me, never again will I take high school British lit, modern to contemporary world history, Japanese 3, Chemistry, golf, or European History. Of course I will learn lots this summer but its the best kind of learning. Self-motivated and initiated learning. I can dive into subjects that I want for once; Saturday I got to go on a Barnes & Noble run and got some books I am extremely excited about, one of them is Post War by Tony Judt. Anyway, the weather isn’t up to summer standards yet which is giving me lots of time to plan this summer, bake, find recipes, edit photos and such. Glorious.

This cake I made a while ago. One of those recipes that I actually completed all the way in less than half a day. It was a little rushed but amazing nonetheless. Baking with friends is always a bonding experience that yields lots of laughs and memories. I almost always make something when I am with friends. The kitchen is always so welcoming and bright and has us laughing in no time. I am normally not a big cake maker which I am sure you will discover as I post more but after making this I think more cakes will be in my future. After walking to the store and back we started late which is never ideal when baking but it worked. The cakes didn’t have optimal time to cool or cook completely which is pretty clear when looking at the top and center of each layer but it was delicious. 

I found this recipe via Martha Stewart. I know some people want to cook through Julia Child’s books and look up to her as the master chef, but for me that is Martha. I love everything Martha does. From the time I was a child, while all my friends were watching Disney Channel and ABC family, I was watching Martha and the Food Network. I was trying to find the recipes for the lemon cake and butter cream frosting but they have disappeared. They were on her website but they have vanished. If anyone finds the recipes for these please let me know and I will add them to this post, with a link to your blog!

This cake is so delicious. The frosting was perfect and both my friend and I dislike frosting normally but we were eating it off the beater. I made two layers due to lack of time and it worked beautifully. We made two batches of cake and one of frosting, it was just the right ratio. The cake is supposed to be a lemon cake but didn’t taste like it at all. If you want it to taste lemony add some more lemon zest, maybe triple the amount it says. It would also be delicious to  have lemon curd in between the layers as well. We didn’t have enough frosting to put the ruffle design on the top, but it worked out. Our cake didn’t have enough time to cool or bake   the top and sides are odd-looking. Like hollow, uncooked, gooey. Our frosting job is far from perfect, if only it could look like Martha’s but we tried and its hard. I passed this job off to my friend after I messed up the first row… Frosting is not a job in my future…

I would make this again with a friends help any day. I know it would turn out better next time with more baking, cooling, and frosting time, but for a few amateur bakers we did pretty darn well. I wish I could eat some more of this now…

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