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.
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.