Birthday Cake

This week was boyfriend’s birthday week. We went all out every day (my bank account is not happy ’bout it) ending the week with a small birthday party, cake and champagne included. As I have mentioned Glen is not the biggest fan of sweets, but I obviously had to make him an extravagant cake completely against his will.

Glen will sometimes eat lemon desserts and he absolutely loves cream cheese so I had to incorporate these flavors into the cake if there was any hope of him trying it. I settled on a vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and cream cheese frosting.

I almost always make everything from scratch and avoid boxed mixes. However on Pinterest I found a recipe for upgrading a boxed cake to professional bakery status. I was so curious to see the results and figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try it. I ended up loving the cake (it was very dense and rich, almost pound-cake-like). But the best part of the whole ensemble was the homemade lemon curd, so homemade prevails again.

You can find the recipe for the cake here, the recipe for the lemon curd here, and the recipe for the cream cheese frosting here.

I highly recommend this cake; it is not at all overly sweet and the sugary frosting is limited which is rare for other cakes. It was definitely a crowd pleaser and devoured in a hot second.

I wish I had better pictures of the cake but I couldn’t get good pictures taken before the candles were blown out and slices were cut! I promise it is worth your while even without the food porn to prove it.






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