it was a good weekend, full of family, sunshine and good food.
also, many photos in extreme variations of lighting and camera source. brace yourself.
everything tastes better when eaten with your fingers and an endless supply of raspberry sauce.
goat cheeses and cherries . . . summer berry season is officially in full swing.
you know it's a good weekend when it includes more than one birthday cake.
berries & cream was my contribution.
chocolate on chocolate. purty.
my cake talked a good game. a light genoise, layered with macerated berries and whipped cream frosting.
my execution? well, it looks pretty. and i learned an important lesson about how long you really, really, really need to whip your eggs for a genoise.
the bottom layer did not raise. my generous father-in-law may have called it a tasty crust.
that's love, right there.
but, also? fresh summer berries, macerated in a little booze, plus whipped cream frosting? made for a very special birthday?
that's also love.
for the recipe – french strawberry cake - visit tuesdays with dorie. make extra whipped cream frosting and macerated berries. and whip your eggs!