As you may have imagined, I chose to perfect lemon cake first. And it only took two weeks. :)
For a lemon cake, you really can't beat the recipe I tried last week.
For a lemon frosting, I used this recipe from Food.com. I noticed in the reviews that people were saying it was too strong, so I knew it would be just perfect. (They are correct, however, that one recipe is enough for two dozen cupcakes.) I did make two little changes, however: I added maybe 2 drops of lemon extract, and I colored the frosting yellow.
My big piping tips hadn't come in the mail yet, so I was still using my Wilton #21 (instead of #1M). I tried a few swirls and roses:
...But I mostly stuck with this technique:
It's so easy and looks good, too! Especially with the yellow frosting, it looks kind of like a sunshine.
These were pretty universally voted as fabulous. I brought them to church on Sunday (so I wouldn't eat them all, because if they were in the house, believe me, I would) and my friends all enjoyed them, too. One guy even ate three.
This weekend, I get my first chance to decorate a cake! My sister is baking my mom's birthday cake and I'm decorating it. I'm going to attempt the Rose Cake from I Am Baker.
Love and Zest,