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Symmetry is overrated, especially where desserts are concerned.

Happy birthday!


hee hee -- Thank you, Penny. It is very true, especially when one is an amateur baker with a capital AMA. Symmetry is lucky to be an afterthought in the face of irrepressible lemon lust. Meanwhile, asymmetry rarely protects a finished confection.

Me: "Oopsie, one of my layers came out lopsided."

Boyfriend: "I'll have that one."

He tried to explain that he knew what a perfectionist I was (to which I snorted) and that he was only trying to be considerate and helpful by offering to do away with the imperfect layer immediately.

Heh. Nice try, right?


Aw, what a sweetie your boyfriend is! I don't normally even try layer cakes because of (ahem) perfectionist tendencies, but this one looks delicious *and* now I have the permission for it to be imperfectly perfect--thank you :)

Happy Birthday!!!


Thank you, sognatrice!

The funny thing about a visually, um, original cake is that the more you cut off of it, the more even it becomes until ultimately every bit of it is exactly the same: gone.

This cake rapidly approaches visual perfection. Yummily.


Mmm, lemon cake!

Happy Birthday, Sara!


Thank you, Kay! :)


Awesome cake! Mine was a bit lopsided, too and the dressing was just a bitty bit too sweet for me (I'd either increase the milk or add a bit of cream cheese or yoghurt next time, I think). But what a great bday treat and all of my friends loved loved it, too! :)

Now, you need to post that strawberry pie recipe soon because I'm hoping to make one next weekend (if I can get over to the local strawberry farm beforehand). :)


Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it Jana! If you ever invent a more suitable frosting, do share! I'm all -er- tongue. (Hm. "Ears" seemed wrong somehow, but that doesn't look right, either. You know what I mean -- I hope.)

Our berries come from your coast at this point in the summer. I miss buying them at farmstands along the coast of Southern California years ago, strawberries and fresh shelling peas. Yum.

If I find some strawberries that don't look too moldy or too green tomorrow (organic produce day at Debra's), I will make the pie and post the recipe. Either way, I look forward to hearing about yours.

Meanwhile, happy birthday to you, again.

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