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Continuing in the tradition of making people cakes well past their birthdays, Kim and I had a belated birthday bake-off for Jade, who turned 24 back in January. I was unanimously proclaimed the winner, and as a reward, I got to help everyone study for their epidemiology exam tomorrow. :)

Anyway, the cake really did turn out fabulous, so I thought I would share the recipe with you all:

Lemon Raspberry Cake

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp baking soda in a mixing bowl. Next, pour lemon juice and water into measuring cup, until it equals one cup (the recipe I found suggests doing half lemon juice and half water, but I think it's better to do mostly lemon juice, otherwise the flavor isn't strong enough). Pour your lemon juice mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients.

Add 6 tbsp oil, 2 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp vinegar (yes, vinegar). Mix until the batter begins to foam.

At this point, you can mix in whole raspberries. I found it made the cake look kind of lumpy, but it really added to the taste. I guess it's up to you, how much presentation matters to you.

Pour into cake pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until cake bounces back a bit when you touch its center.

For the frosting:

Beat 3/4 cup nonhydrogenated margarine (I used earth balance) until fluffy. Add in 1 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and1/8 cup plain soy milk. Puree 200 gm raspberries and add in.

The frosting is really wet and odd-looking, but tastes delicious. This cake definitely tastes better than it looks!
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My brain is prettier than yours!

Photographic evidence. )

Comment and tell me how beautiful my brain is.
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Hampshire Halloween pictures for those that requested them. Okay, let's be honest, for Katrine. None of these photos are mine - I think they're all [ profile] nemo85's, [ profile] angelcarrot's and Sam's.

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Come see the Empress!

I'm the one aaaaall the way on the left. That's Ren in the front, playing a bounty hunter, and Katherine McAwesome on the ground. This show is going to be so awesome it hurts.

Well, I should get back to work. Just wanted to share this with you all. :)
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So, yesterday was the mod's big Pirate Party, in honor of Letty, Orli, Hannah and Nick's birthdays, which are all in September. Now, I obey the rule of what I call the Divine Right of Cakes. This means that I will bake anyone who lives in my mod a birthday cake. Last year I made Rachel a carrot cake, Debi a cookie cake, and Val a lemon coconut cake. This year, when I asked H.O.L. what they wanted, they all said the same thing: "Can it be a pirate cake?"

After much planning, baking, decorating and stressing, and after nearly burning down the mod, I give to you...

The pirate cake! )


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