After last month's bread-baking debacle, I was so excited to see that Morven chose Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake, sourced from her much-loved Baking book. Why? For starters, because there isn't any yeast (ha!), but mostly because it was recently my birthday, and this cake would serve as a lovely birthday cake. And! I made cakes from Dorie's book for both my mom and my husband's birthdays, so I wanted to complete the arc. And there wasn't any yeast.
This cake was a dream to put together. I made the cakes last night and let them cool to room temperature before wrapping them in clingfilm. I made the buttercream this morning and layered the cake, preserves, and buttercream. I couldn't stand the idea of waiting to try it (and I think my mom is coming by with a cake she made for later), so we cut into it. (Yay cake for lunch!)
Please make sure that you have lots of milk, or some hot tea or coffee to serve with this cake, as it is really sweet. Really really sweet. Not that I'm complaining - it is just worth mentioning, for those of you with aversions to stuff like that.
If someone special to you is having a birthday or party, make this cake. You no doubt will be crowned the Rock Star of the Evening.
Thank you, Morven, for a wonderful challenge! This cake was just the thing I needed!!
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