Mom's birthday is tomorrow (July 21), Mim-may's is July 24 and the family got together last night for a birthday dinner. As usual, Mom was asked to make The Cake, and it couldn't be chocolate, because chocolate keeps Mim-may awake, and Auntie Karate may be allergic to it.
So Mom went through her cookbooks including a new one, and found Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake. It's a white cake with a hint of lemon (Mom's favorite flavor) and a meringue-based buttercream frosting. Here's the meringue.Here's Mr Karate enjoying one of the beaters
Here is the finished frosting... Mom said it was absolutely the best frosting she has ever had in her entire life. It wasn't too sweet, and it wasn't grainy or greasy.
Mom says the recipe is way too long and complicated to post, and besides, the book just came out, so go buy a copy. Mom used lemon curd instead of the raspberry preserves (in addition to the buttercream frosting) between the layers, because, you know, she loves lemon.
Here is the finished cake.
Everybody loved it, and there wasn't much that came back with Mom afterwards. She says she'll bring it day hunting tomorrow where it will disappear in 3 minutes flat.
Mom won't let me post any pictures of me because she says all I'm doing is showing off my tummy, and Monty Q passes out every time he sees it, so I have to let him recover. I dunno what he's gonna do on Thursday when Mom and I get to his house. Mom says I might have to have some type of disguise.
She does have a nice post over on her quilting blog, The Patchery Menagerie, about how she made the special quilt I am bringing to Mary-land for Monty.
PS, Mom's birthday is TOMORROW... not today. Don't be wishing her happy birthday until TOMORROW! She says she's old enough already, she doesn't want to be any older any sooner.