Long time, no see, right guys? I know I’ve been MIA recently, and I’ve even gotten a few texts/Tweets/emails asking when I planned to update the blog again. I know lots of people comment and read this thing, but somehow I still sometimes feel like nobody really cares too much about what I’m doing here (and I mean, honestly, why would they, it’s a blog, there are a million of them), so those of you that reached out, thank you for making me feel incredibly special and loved. Really! I can’t tell you how touched I am when someone asks where I’ve been or what I’m up to or whatever. I’m a part of something and it’s an incredible feeling, not to get too sentimental on you or anything. But yeah, I could blame it on work or whatever else, though I guess I just needed a bit of a break. By the time I get home at night, after being at work all day and then spending the evening either at some event, getting drinks with friends, or maybe even the gym, I get home, make dinner or do chores or whatever else it is that adults are supposed to do to lead healthy, normal lives, and it’s often hard to motivate myself to hop back on my laptop and start editing photos and writing recipes when all I really want to do is zone the hell out and watch some TV or talk to my husband for five minutes. I do miss working on the blog, though. Even sitting here right now, typing out whatever fluff pops into my brain, makes me feel good. It’s a warm, fuzzy feeling that I can’t quite describe but after doing this for eight years now, it’s almost like putting on a favorite sweatshirt or listening to a favorite album. It’s weird, I know, but even being away for, what, two or three weeks, makes me miss blogging a whole lot. So I’m going to try harder to be here, to work on this little project of mine, because honestly, I need it. It’s my outlet, my baby, the thing I’ve come to view as a really big part of myself, and even if I’m tired or lazy or whatever, I should make time for it. I get to come here and talk, be it about something trivial like a movie I really liked recently, or more serious, like the anxiety I often feel and am alleviated from by taking photos and recipe testing. So hi, hello, I’m back! Thanks for sticking around.
I missed you guys, did you miss me?
There’s a bar near my apartment that Kramer and I frequent perhaps a little too much, but it’s basically our Cheers, so we like going. It’s super close and the bartenders are all incredibly friendly, the music is great, and there’s a big, beautiful backyard to hang out in when the weather is tolerable, which for New Yorkers, means anything above freezing. That’s why when one of my favorite bartenders asked if I could make a cake for her friend’s birthday party, I was like, “Yeah, duh.” I wanted it to be extra special, but I’m admittedly not an impressive cake-maker. I can whip up something ~rustic~ pretty easily, but decorating a cake is kind of a daunting task for me. That’s why I turned to lemons. I love a good lemon curd, or in this case, a dreamy lemon cream, and I figured that plus a solid lemon cake could do me no wrong. I did a bit of adjusting, specifically making my cakes a bit bigger because I wanted to make a four-layer cake and knew that my shaky cake-slicing skills would fail me if I tried to slice through a thinner 8-inch round, but otherwise, it was pretty smooth sailing. The directions look daunting, I admit, but this was a cake I spaced out over the course of a few days so as to not go insane. I made the lemon cream a few days ahead of time, and I even made the cakes themselves about a week ahead of time, froze them, and then thawed them out a day before I planned to assemble everything. This is something I highly, highly, highly recommend, because it actually makes for a more moist, yet more sturdy cake, and it gives you more free time on the weekends to binge whatever TV show you’re super into. I also discovered that just piping a bunch of extra buttercream and lemon cream all over your cake in random areas ends up looking pretty good, if I do say so myself, so there’s that. If you like lemon meringue pie or lemon bars or anything tart and sweet and bursting with flavor, then this is truly the cake for you, be it your birthday or otherwise. Thanks for asking me to make this, Anne! It was an honor.