Tuesdays With Dorie – Perfect Party Cake

by Jessica on June 30, 2009

Perfect Party Cake

Post #200. Amazing. Where does the time go?? It feels like yesterday I created ‘My Baking Heart’… mainly to keep myself busy while getting over a rough patch in life, but also to challenge myself with becoming better at something that I never thought I was any good at. Surprisingly, I’ve received countless, overwhelmingly positive comments over the past year and a half (and not just from you lovely readers!). I’ve also made hundreds of new friends… some I consider my best. AND, I’ve been paid (I can’t believe it) to create some yummy desserts for special events. It’s been one heck of a ride so far and I can’t wait for the next 200 posts. Won’t you stick around to see them?? 😉

This pick came at the perfect time. Not only was it’s C’s birthday, but her absolute favorite cake was lemon! Her only request was that it had a cream cheese frosting. Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of cream cheese frosting, but unlike C, it wasn’t my birthday… and it’s all about what the birthday girl (or boy) wants, right?? Fortunately, I found this awesome recipe on Pinch My Salt (LOVE this site!!) and it was sooooo yummy. I’ve been converted and it’s official… I pink-puffy-heart cream cheese frosting.

I first made this cake back in August ’08… and heard that it didn’t have enough lemon flavor. So, this time around, I added almost twice the amount of zest and extract that Dorie calls for. C loved it and I could definitely taste the lemon this time!

For this week’s TWD, Carol of mix mix… stir stir chose this amazingly ‘perfect’ cake recipe! 😉 Thanks Carol!

Perfect Party Cake (pg. 250)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Perfect Party Cake Slice

And below… the fabulous cream cheese icing I used on C’s cake. Dee-licious!!

Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Pinch My Salt

16 oz cream cheese (2 packages), softened
1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-1/2 c powdered sugar, sifted
pinch of salt

With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Turn mixer to low speed and blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. If refrigerated, the frosting will need to be brought to room temperature before using (after frosting softens up, beat with mixer until smooth).

Recipe Notes: If you prefer a sweeter and/or stiffer frosting, more powdered sugar can be added (up to four cups). But remember, the more sugar you add, the less you’ll be able to taste the tangy cream cheese!

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cindy - Bello Ciccolato June 30, 2009 at 6:27 am

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the cc frosting recipe.


2 Kayla June 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

Looks awesome!!


3 Kim June 30, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love lemon and cream cheese frosting and this cake looks like it would hit the spot! I could eat a big piece for breakfast right now! I guess I never really gave Eric much thought until recently. I love watching Bill and Sookie, but I also love Jason and Sam. Not sure if I could pick a fave yet, but I love the show and I’m so happy it’s back on : ) Which do you like, Bill or Eric?


4 isabelle June 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

Il est très réussi 🙂


5 Amy June 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

Your perfect party cake is lovely. Alas, it wasn’t anyone’s birthday around here, so I just made a few cupcakes.


6 nutmegnanny June 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

Your cake looks great!


7 Vibi June 30, 2009 at 10:47 am

WOW! This looks so good, it surely belongs in a pastry store window!

Love the pale look, not only from the frosting but the added lemon slice could have been a lively fruit, and it wouldn’t have been the same at all! Much better this way! Simple, classy and elegant!


8 Deanna June 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

Congrats on the 200 posts! Your cake is absolutely beautiful 🙂


9 chocolatechic June 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I made cream cheese icing too.


10 Kayte June 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Oh, I love the idea of this with cream cheese icing. Stole the recipe right off your site today. I made half size batter but used whole size lemon zest…so happy I did as vanilla and lemon are my favorite combination, hands down. Your cake looks very elegant and delicious…what a special cake for a special little person…you are such a good person!


11 Sugar B June 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love your lemony zesty cake . . . and good call on the cream cheese frosting. That is my go-to frosting for everything!

I didn’t know that you are fan of True Blood. I am so behind with Season 2! Need to Tivo! 🙂


12 Katrina June 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Bea-utiful cake. Mmm, cream cheese frosting. Okay, so there are so many blogs I want to read all week and just can’t seem to get to them all, but after looking through your goodies from the last week or so, I want to make everyting you’ve posted. Great photos. It all looks and sounds so good. I may not make it here every time you post, but I love your blog and want to eat it. 😉 ha


13 Susan June 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Oh, that lemony goodness makes me want to make this again! Great job!


14 Jules June 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm

That looks delicious! And I love cream cheese frosting. Yum!


15 Spike June 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

200 posts! That calls for a big slice of cake


16 Amanda June 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Looks fabulous! I loved this cake 🙂


17 Margot June 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Your cake looks absolutely beautiful! I’m with you on cream cheese frosting, but it is so popular. Congratulations on 200 posts; it’s great that blogging has become such a positive part of your life – I definitely enjoy your blog!


18 Jessica June 30, 2009 at 5:29 pm

It looks like such a delicious cake. I love the lemon slices and, although cream cheese frosting isn’t my #1 pick either, I do think that it sounds like a great choice for this cake.


19 Leslie June 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Beautiful photo of the slice, with the zest peeking out! Congrats on your 200th! Your cake looks perfect, and using cream cheese frosting was a good call. The buttercream was a little buttery. I was a big fan of the lemon flavor.


20 Tracey June 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Congrats on your 200th post! Hope you’ll keep it up so I can keep coming back for more 🙂 The cake looks terrific! I made a whipped cream frosting but I think next time I’ll try cream cheese frosting.


21 Linda @ Tender Crumb June 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm

A huge congrats on your 200th post, and looking forward to your next 200!:)

Next time, I must try this cake with a cream cheese frosting. Your cake looks scrumptious!


22 isa July 1, 2009 at 1:44 am

Congrats on your 200th post! Your cake looks fabulous! Nice pictures.


23 theeclecticconnoisseur July 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Beautifully done and congratulations on your 200th post!


24 Teanna July 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

I am sticking around for your next 200, that is for sure! Gorgeous cake!


25 Holly July 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Such a lemony version looks so completely refreshing and summery!


26 pamela July 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Sigh….cream cheese frosting?!?! Fantastic.


27 Clivia July 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Fabulous cake! Am I seeing bits of lemon in the cake? I can almost taste the deliciousness. Well done!


28 Katie July 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

Oooh, it looks perfect AND delicious!!


29 Carol Peterman July 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

What a beautiful lemony cake! Cream cheese frosting was a popular sub, and sounds delicious. Thanks for baking with me this week.


30 Bungalow Barbara July 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations on your 200th post! Lovely cake!


31 Jaime July 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm

beautiful cake!


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