The first day of June started appropriately enough with the smell of barbecue smoke wafting through our open window. The night before, we turned off our rain-themed sound machine to find a good old fashioned thunder storm raging outside. Water splashed in fat droplets as we pressed our noses to the screen, drinking in that elusive smell of imminent summer. Spring in New Haven took its sweet, abundant time this year, with day after day of heavy iron-grey skies and sputtering clouds that finally gave way to cherry and magnolia blossoms. The peonies in our back yard burst into a beauty so extravagant, their own stems sagged with the weight of it.
These glorious first days of summer also marked my first professional baking assignment: the wedding cake for our roommates and best friends, who got married right here at our house in East Rock. The cake, (strawberry, six-layers, topped with Swiss buttercream frosting), fit Mike and Shea perfectly. Watching them cut into it, surrounded by loved ones, I felt unexpectedly proud and deeply fulfilled.
I won’t bore you with the entire process, as I doubt you are in the market to bake a wedding cake at the moment (let’s just say the amount of butter and sugar involved in all phases of testing this cake was nothing short of staggering), but should the urge ever strike you, Deb from Smitten Kitchen will walk you through the entire process with a kind and gentle hand. I based my layers on her Pink Lady Cake and used her phenomenal Swiss Buttercream recipe as well. The frosting is easy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and works on any cake.
Stay tuned for some exciting news on the blog soon…It’s good to be back!
Little Sister Links:
- I made my second video!!
- I loved this list of the 100 greatest home cooks of our time.
- Olive oil? Lemon? Dark chocolate? This banana bread includes all of my favorite things…
- We were NEVER allowed Rice Krispie treats as kids, so I might just have to whip up this grown-up version to make up for lost time.
- Take a moment out of your day to read this poem.