Whoa. How has it been TWO years since I started Hearts In My Oven? Tomorrow, March 29th, will mark my 2nd Blogiversary!! Thank you for following along! ♥ Wow. I remembered how long I hesitated with the idea of starting a food blog. One day, I just did it. I was motivated, excited, nervous and scared. But, I`m eternally grateful I did. I think this little blog has become one of my greatest accomplishments.
Just two years ago, I posted this apple crisp. I didn`t even provide a recipe! I just linked to one. Haha. And, please don`t laugh at the photo! It`s crazy to look back and see how much I have grown through all of this. 🙂
To celebrate this wonderful occasion, I had to bake a cake! Not just any simple cake, but a 3 layered cake. I posted a photo of the cake last week on my Instagram and my friends’ reactions made me chuckle. Hehe. Last year, when I celebrated my first blogiversary, I baked this lemon pound cake with strawberry and lemon buttercream frosting. I thought I should bake another cake this year, too. There are thousands of food blogs who make layered cakes on a regular basis, but not me. The serving size for cakes like these are too much for me to make often.
As you can tell, my cake frosting needs some work. This is my third layered cake, ever, so please excuse the terrible piping. I see all of these GORGEOUS frosting tutorials online and felt that this was my perfect chance to practice. My first layered cake was for my dad`s birthday. I used a cake comb to decorate the outside since I didn`t have enough frosting. My second attempt was the lemon pound cake last year. I`m mentally kicking myself, because I don`t know why I didn`t take the opportunity to practice frosting!!
But, wow. This cake did NOT disappoint! The cake has this wonderful berry flavor from all the real berries you incorporate into the batter. The purple color of the cake makes for a gorgeous presentation. I paired the cake with a white chocolate buttercream, because berries + white chocolate = amazingness. 😉 I made this light lemon whipped cream to fill each cake layer since I didn`t want the cake to be too sweet.
This may be odd, coming from a sweets person, but, I`m one of those people who take a good chunk of the frosting off cakes and cupcakes when I eat them. Most frostings are just too sweet for me. Haha!
Anyways, this cake tastes amazing, people!!! It took me two days to finish this cake. I baked the cake layers first, leveled the cakes, and froze them overnight. This helps with loose crumbs. The second day, I whipped up the filling and frosting and then frosted the cake. After I leveled the cakes and took my first bite, I knew it was a winner. I kept eating the cake scraps on the first day because I just couldn`t wait until it was frosted. My mom, who`s not even a fan of cakes, kept saying she was in love with the berry cake. My friends told me was they loved it, too!
So, my lovely, wonderful readers, eat cake! Be happy! Smile and bake food for all those around you. Don`t forget to let those important people in your lives know how much they mean to you. You don`t need the holidays to show your affection. 🙂 I love you all so much for joining me on this great food adventure. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. ♥