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Almost time to make like a palm tree... and leave!

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It’s about time I clear off the dust that I’ve allowed to accumulate on my blog and do a freakin’ post!  My wedding in Mexico is exactly 7 days away now and I have palm trees and tropical weather on the brain… I thought a fun cake inspired by Charlotte Olympia’s ridiculously awesome Meridith wedges was appropriate right now...

Now, this cake isn't one of my favorites.  I’ll be the first to admit, it doesn't exactly mirror the wedges in color or proportion, but I said I’d share the good and not-so-good of my baking endeavors with you so, here’s my little homage to C.O. and her tropically conceived Spring/Summer 2012 line.

The leaf portion is a key lime cake (I just added a few tablespoons of lime zest and and a half cup or so of fresh lime juice to my standard vanilla cake recipe) layered with a lemony icing (mixed equal parts lemon curd with a classic vanilla buttercream recipe).

The top layer is strawberry cake layered with strawberry frosting (it is that same classic vanilla buttercream mixed with frozen strawberries  thawed & pureed in a food processor, to taste). The key to this strawberry frosting is mixing the heck out of the butter before adding any other ingredients. The frosting will literally taste like strawberry ice cream. OMG.

By far, the best thing about this cake is the photos. I enlisted the aid and expertise of my dear friend and photo guru Rosa from Rosa Loves DC to take some pictures of these tropical tiers; she is a miracle worker, let me tell you.  I'm not as proud of this baby, but as I said, I'm letting it all hang out, cake wrecks and all.

The whole time I was baking/frosting/decorating this cake last weekend, I was on speaker phone with my sister coming up with/finalizing the design of my menu cards.  HINT: there are palm leaves on them.

And now, a poem for Rosa Loves DC:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

You may love DC,

but Rosa,

I love you!