Alison had the honor of baking Mack's first birthday cake -- a Martha Stewart lemon confection. In the fashion of "too many cooks," it was deemed that the recipe should be doubled in order to end up with the desired double-layer cake, so the recipe was doubled... and we ended up with a triple-layer cake and an extra 9x13 (which was excellent for taste-testing and also for dunking in the failed icing of which you will read about below, but not so good for you-know-who who has WW tonight) (not to mention the accompanying full sheet cake for big brother's simultaneous high school graduation party) (oh, my thighs)! The first attempt at "frosting" with icing was not good -- it was thin. What it did do was prime the exterior of the 3-layer cake and infuse it real good with extra sugar. The words "frosting mix" were bandied about (mostly by the disgruntled and disheartened baker) on the walk to the store for more powdered sugar, but Mack's first cake -- a Martha Stewart cake, no less -- could not have frosting from a box or a can. It was yummy!!
I can hardly believe it's been a year.