Monday, April 18th, 2011

Yellow Birthday Cake

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When I originally sat down to write this post, I was not going to make a big deal that The Sophisticated Gourmet has turned 2 on this very day, but after speaking with friends and realizing that I was being foolish for not making a big deal about it, I had to scrap my old post and hold off on pressing the “Publish” button. Dear readers friends- TSG is 2-years-old today! Can you believe it?!

It was just two years ago when I sat down, wrote a few paragraphs, and posted a few recipes on TSG’s old home at Blogger.com. I didn’t expect the posts to be read, but after making an account with an online food community, FoodBuzz, my life changed that very week. I friended random strangers on the web. The first person I spoke with was my friend, Rachael from Tokyo Terrace. After literally 15 seconds of requesting her as a friend on FoodBuzz, she sent me a message welcoming me to the community; we briefly conversed. I can’t remember what the conversation was about, but I did think it was a little weird that some stranger was being so nice to me on the web. I also crossed my fingers that she was not some crazy old lady using a photo she found on Google Images. At the time, I had known the web to be a place of crazy people, pedophiles, teens constantly changing their MySpace and Facebook profile photos on an hourly basis, and parents making fake social networking accounts to “protect” their children.

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But after a week of conversing with people in a community that immediately felt like home, my views on the internet immediately changed. After friending Rachael, Alice, and several others, I soon learned that the food blogging community was full of kind, caring people who shared the same passions that I do. They understand me, inspire me, and continue to encourage me to share and be a part of a community that felt (and continues to feel!) like home to me.

I soon learned that if I wanted to run a food blog, there simply had to be photos. The thought of taking photos for each of my post sounded like pure hell. Before that very day, I hadn’t picked up a camera and expected to come out with decent photos. I always expected cut-off faces, close-ups of peoples’ nostrils, and red-eyes. My first camera was the iSight on my MacBook, the same one that I am currently writing this post on. Holding a MacBook upside-down and contorting my body to see if the photo would be decent, was quite an experience (yeah….). The photos were horrible- the graininess and poor lighting made my photos look as if I was taking pictures on a surveillance camera. Horrible photos or not, dear friends and readers poured in and encouraged me to continue to write and share recipes. After a couple months, my mother bought me a Canon point & shoot, and just last year, a dear friend whom I met through food blogging, Olga, gave me the dSLR camera that all of my photos are taken with. Since my iSight days, I think it’s safe to say that my photos have gotten much better!

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After entering this community, I’ve made friends that I could have never met elsewhere. There’s Jaden, for example, who defended me against several angry bloggers when she let me choose a winner for a trip she was giving away to see the set of Julie & Julia. That night, she told me that having more people know you is both good and bad- that there will always be haters and there will be those who support you through-and-through. What she said is true. I get all sorts of emails and comments. I get hate emails- some of which do ruin my day, but the emails, comments, etc. from single parents, fathers just learning how to cook, friends, and new readers who have tried recipes and loved them- make my days brighter and leave a smile on my face. Every time I get a kind email or comment about a recipe that I’ve shared; I am honored that someone cooked or baked something from this site and shared it with the people they love.

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Because of this community, I’ve been honored to have met so many kind people in person: Alejandra, Alice, Amy, Anna, Ashley, Britt, Cheryl, Chris & Karen, David, Deb, Eliana, Elise, Erika, Gail, Jaden, Jennie P., Jennifer D., Jennifer L., Kristen, Lauren, Maggy, Nancy, Niri, Olga, PimRee, Sara Kate, Shauna & Danny (and Lu!), Stephanie, Tami, Tonya, and soo many more.

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I have yet to meet my partners in crime (Elissa, Hannah, Lauren, and Tessa) in person, but we will next month when we speak on our panel at BlogHer Food in Georgia. I am excited to meet my online best-friends and to create more friendships in the near future.

Most of all- I am honored to have such supportive readers and online friends.

Thank you all for the support, encouragement, and for allowing The Sophisticated Gourmet into your homes. It’s been a great two years- here’s to many more!

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Now, let’s get to the cake! This layer cake is made for people who love traditional things. It’s a classic birthday cake. Sort of. This Yellow Birthday Cake has three thin layers of rich dark chocolate frosting sandwiched between four layers of yellow butter cake, which is then covered in a yellow, vanilla buttercream frosting. I promise that there’s absolutely no butter in this. And the sugar? Pshh! Who needs that in a cake, right?

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Okay, I am joking a little, but TWO YEARS is something to celebrate and what better to celebrate a birthday than with lots of butter, sugar, and chocolate? If you answered “A salad” we might not be able to be friends anymore. I know, I know, you’re trying to get ready for bathing suit season and I’m not helping. Hey, will you really say “no thanks!” to cake? I didn’t think so.

So, let’s celebrate- let’s have some cake. I’ll wash the dishes for you. It’s the least that I can do.

Yellow Birthday Cake
Cake Adapted from Martha Stewart & Rose Levy Beranbaum
Chocolate Frosting adapted from Nigella Lawson

Makes 2 eight-inch cake layers; Serves 10-12 (or 4-6 cake addicts)

When I decided that making a yellow butter cake would be a good idea, I had the intentions of making a two-layer cake. After I had taken the two layers out of the oven, and cooled them, I decided that four layers was extremely necessary for my well-being. I have provided the halved recipe for you, but if your well-being depends on a huge four-layer cake, as mine did, you will need to make the cake part of the recipe twice; a double recipe won’t turn out the same… My KitchenAid could barely fit the batter for the two-layer recipe; trying to fit enough batter for four layers would be quite an interesting sight. Making both recipes separately does mean washing your mixing bowl and beater blade twice (make the second batch of cake batter once the other cakes are out of the oven, so they can go from bowl- to pans- to ovens right away).

The cake recipe was adapted from a Martha Stewart Yellow Butter Cake recipe, but I simply had to make it easier by adapting it to use Rose Levy Berenbaum’s infamous cake mixing technique.

The Chocolate frosting was adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe. The frosting never sets hard, which makes it perfect for the cake filling, and it is very rich and flavorful, which means that slicing your cake on the thinner side won’t hurt. Although the chocolate frosting is rich and flavorful, it does not compete with the flavor of the yellow butter cake and the vanilla frosting that covers the cake; all of the flavors go beautifully together, which brings instant smiles to peoples’ faces. Another thing to note with the chocolate frosting: it will be very liquidy at first, but it will set up after an hour or two, so making it while the cakes are in the oven is a good idea.

If you do decide to go with making a four layer cake (it’s extra work, but the end result is very much worth it!), keep in mind that you can simply double the frosting recipes without any issues.

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Frosting:
2 tablespoons water ( 30ml / 1fl oz)
1 ½ teaspoons (8g / .3oz) dark muscovado sugar (can use dark brown sugar)
3 tablespoons (42g / 1.5oz) unsalted butter, cubed
75g / 2.5 oz Good-Quality dark chocolate (I used a 70% Callebaut), finely chopped

For the Cake Layers:

1 ½ cups (180g / 6.35 oz) All-Purpose Flour
1 ½ cups (144g/ 4.95oz) Cake Flour
1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cups (355g / 12.5oz) granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup / 225g / 8oz) unsalted butter slightly soft, but still hard; cut into 1-inch cubes

4 large eggs, room temperature (see this)
1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons / 15ml / .5 oz) pure vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups whole milk, room temperature

For the Vanilla Buttercream:
1 ¼ sticks butter (10 tablespoons / 141g / 5 oz) ) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups (460g /16.2oz) confectioner’s sugar
4 tablespoons (60 ml / 2 oz) milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Food coloring of your choice (I use this natural food coloring)

Preparation:
Make the Chocolate Frosting:
Put the water, dark muscovado sugar, and butter in a pan over a low heat until melted. Once the mixture begins to bubble, take the pan off the heat and add in the chopped chocolate. Swirl the pan to that all of the chocolate is hit with the heat and begins to melt. Allow it to stand for a minute, then once everything is melted, whisk the mixture until it is smooth and glossy.

The mixture will be runny. Set it aside, and whisk every now and again, the mixture will thicken significantly.

Make the Cakes:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans (can use 9-by-2-inch); line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter the parchment, and dust the pans with flour, being sure to tap out the excess. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined (about 15 seconds). Add the butter pieces, mixing until just coated with flour (the mixture will be pebbly).

In a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add the wet ingredients in three parts, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl before each addition. Beat the mixture until the ingredients are incorporated, but be sure not to over-beat.

Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans and smooth the batter out with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating halfway through, until the cakes are golden brown, are pulling away from the sides, and a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes.

Once the cakes are out of the oven, with a [dry] clean oven mitt (preferably a cloth one), gently press down onto the cakes, to make them level (this will allow you to skip a whole step in trimming the cakes).

Transfer the pans to wire racks to cook for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack; peel off the parchment. Reinvert the cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.

While the cakes are cooling, make the Vanilla Buttercream:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat all of the vanilla buttercream ingredients together, until well combined. Set aside until ready to decorate.

Decorate:
Place one cake on a cake board (bottom side up) and spread the chocolate frosting, being sure not to spread it all the way to the edges. Leave at least a ½-inch space. Place the second cake on top of the first (bottom side-up).

At this point, you can put the cake in the freezer for 10 minutes, which will make frosting the cake much easier. With the four layer cake, I regret not putting it in and I got a buckle under the frosting.

Using an off-set spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting over the top and sides of the layer cake. Let the frosting set in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes; then, spread a thick coat over the base coat.

[Kamran Note: if you are making a 4-layer cake, remember to double the frosting recipes and to spread ⅓ of the chocolate frosting in between each cake layer before frosting the outside of the cake with the vanilla buttercream]

Enjoy!

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76 COMMENTS

  • Helene
    April 18th, 2011
    1

    Congratulations!!! this community is incredible. I wish you many more years with us :)

  • alice
    April 18th, 2011
    2

    I’m so incredibly proud of you Kamran. I still remember one of your original posts with a photo of your grandmother. Look how far you’ve come and the road ahead of you is so promising!

    kamran replied:

    Thanks so much, Alice!

  • Mallory
    April 18th, 2011
    3

    Happy 2nd Birthday! The Sophisticated Gourmet is both beautiful & inspiring Kamran, I look forward to reading your words and enjoying your pictures for many years to come! x

  • Karen @offthemeathook
    April 18th, 2011
    4

    Happy Birthday! The cake looks great. Wish I could share a piece with you. ;)

    kamran replied:

    I wish I could share a piece with you too, Karen! When we meet we’ll enjoy lots of cake together. Deal? :)

  • sharizat
    April 18th, 2011
    5

    Congratulations and best wishes for years ahead! I’m very happy I stumbled upon your exquisite and inspiring site and I bet, the best is yet to come!

    Cheers!

  • sharizat
    April 18th, 2011
    6

    …oh, yes, and the cake looks scrumptious!

  • Heather
    April 18th, 2011
    7

    Well, Happy 2nd Birthday! I’ve only just discovered your wonderful blog but look forward to following you for a long time to come.

  • Kamran's Mom
    April 18th, 2011
    8

    Happy Birthday to your website; I am very proud of seeing all of the time and effort that you put into everything. You make a true perfectionist (an Alba trait).

    The cake was out of this world and a chosen few of my co-workers received a piece from it today, and were completely amazed at how wonderful it tasted!

    Always wishing you the best,
    Your mom

    kamran replied:

    Aww! Thanks Mom! :)

  • Stephanie Rose
    April 18th, 2011
    9

    I’m so glad I found your blog! And Happy Birthday TSG! This cake is absolutely beautiful! I just started my blog back in September, so it’s always great to hear someone’s blog story. Can’t wait for the next post.. hopefully with butta and suga ;)

  • Wenderly
    April 18th, 2011
    10

    That is one lovely cake! Congratulations on 2 years!!!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)
    April 18th, 2011
    11

    Happy 2nd birthday. Your post is heartwarming and adorable!

  • Tanvi
    April 18th, 2011
    12

    Happy 2nd Blog anniversary Kamran.Its such a fun to read your posts and your funny tweets :) Wish you lots of fun years of blogging ahead.I love the color of the cake.Yellow is the new black, no doubt abt that now!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    April 18th, 2011
    13

    Congrats (and happy birthday!)! I’m so glad I found your blog over the past couple weeks–I have no idea what took me so long, but I love it :)

  • Laura
    April 18th, 2011
    14

    Congratulations, Kamran, and happy birthday to your blog! As a new food blogger, this post is very encouraging. And, that cake looks absolutely scrumptious. I think I might just have to make it for my friend’s birthday!

  • Allison
    April 18th, 2011
    15

    Happy Birthday Sophisticated Gourmet! Have a sip of champers for me!

    Thank you for such a timely post. I’ve been wondering what to do next since I’ve surpassed my blogging goals and this post has started to light the way for me a bit. I love how much you value the friendships you’ve made through your blog. And that I think is where my next set of goals might just be inspired from. You rock sista! Happy Birthday and thanks for being you.

    kamran replied:

    Thanks, Allison! And sista? Haha. Just a brotha on this end ;) Thanks for the kind words!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy
    April 18th, 2011
    16

    Happy blogiversary, Kamran! What a fabulous cake to celebrate, too. :-)

  • Kalynskitchen
    April 18th, 2011
    17

    Congratulations! And I can’t wait to meet you.

  • christelle is flabbergasting
    April 18th, 2011
    18

    Wow! It’s a gorgeous cake, Kamran! Happy blog anniversary!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    April 18th, 2011
    19

    Woo Hoo. I think the third year is going to be the best yet (although, you’ve done incredibly well already). Congratulations on this milestone; I’m so glad you decided to celebrate it.

    Pass a slice of cake please!

  • Elise
    April 18th, 2011
    20

    Congratulations Kamran! So, you’re now officially a blogging toddler? ;-)

    kamran replied:

    Elise- goo goo gaga! ;) Wait, babies start speaking at two or is it still just gibberish?

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food
    April 18th, 2011
    21

    Happy Blog Birthday, Kamran! Congratulations on creating a truly beautifully written and photographed food blog… one that comforts us, entices us, makes us laugh (and, so far, has not made us cried).

    So glad I’ve met you!

    kamran replied:

    You are too kind, Brian! Thank you. :)

  • Ken
    April 18th, 2011
    22

    Congratulations Kamran. The food blogger community has pointed me to your blog and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. I look forward to many more years of your great work.

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }
    April 18th, 2011
    23

    Congratulations Kamran! You have a wonderful blog and write from the heart. The food blog community is full of primarily wonderful people who are positive and supportive. Jaden gave good advise regarding the folks that do not fall into the positive catagory. The cake you made looks absolutely amazing and just wish I had a fork and could take a bite from the screen. Keep up the great job! :)

  • Magic of Spice
    April 18th, 2011
    24

    Happy Anniversary to you and your blog…your cake and photos are glorious :) Wonderfully written post, wising you many more happy years!

  • Sonia@7spice
    April 18th, 2011
    25

    Happy Birthday to TSG!!! Wishing you a long journey with all success. My blog-baby also turned 2 last Tuesday! :)

    That cake…oh my…oh my!!! Thanks for baking such a BIG cake for us. :D Loved it.

  • cindy
    April 18th, 2011
    26

    congrats! celebration is definitely in order, you keep a lovely blog! the cake is just beautiful.

  • Ria
    April 18th, 2011
    27

    Happy Birthday TSG!! May you have many many more! Kamran, you rock!

  • Janine
    April 18th, 2011
    28

    Congrats on turning 2! It’s hard to imagine that you just got yourself a ‘professional’ camera just last year with the kind of photographs you’re producing on the blog. I found your blog a while ago through Elissa’s and I’ve been lurking around ever since ;p And ps: your mom’s comment above is just so adorable :)

  • jaclyn
    April 18th, 2011
    29

    happy 2nd blogiversary! your blog is lovely and wonderful, and I so look forward to meeting you next month at BlogHer Food! hooray for food blogging!

  • Britt
    April 18th, 2011
    30

    Happy Blog Birthday, Kamran! It was such a pleasure to meet you this past summer and I’ve loved seeing your beautiful photos, following your tweets, and reading your blog ever since. Isn’t it so much fun to look back and see how much you’ve grown? (GFitC is turning 2 soon also & I’ve been having many of the same thoughts lately.) Keep up all of the great work–I’m looking forward to another wonderful year of TSG! :)

  • Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace
    April 19th, 2011
    31

    Happy 2nd Birthday to your fabulous blog, Kamran! I’m so thankful we “met” online 2 years ago and have been so close through the first years of both of our sites. It’s been wonderful to watch you grow and produce such stunning material time after time. I can’t wait to see where the next year(s) bring you, my friend!

  • LimeCake
    April 19th, 2011
    32

    That is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time! Cake does that to me. And the yellow buttercream is such a glorious yellow! It looks delicious!

  • Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace
    April 19th, 2011
    33

    I should also mention that I am not a crazy old lady…not yet anyway…just sayin’ :)

  • Yasmin
    April 19th, 2011
    34

    Hi Kamran!

    How convenient that the first time I visit your blog is a day after its birthday; Happy Blog Birthday! :)

    This cake looks gorgeous! You’re probably the first male blogger I come across that bakes as well, very very cool.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    April 19th, 2011
    35

    That pretty much is my story! I was surprised at how great this community is and until you are part of it you never understand its different aspects. Happy Birthday ya boy. You have great future we can tell :-D

  • Emma @Poires au Chocolat
    April 19th, 2011
    36

    Happy 2nd blogoversary! I missed my 2nd one a few weeks ago which was silly esp. as I’d previously lined up a recipe especially for it. It’s nice to think back over the time and how much you’ve learnt. Can’t believe you started with iSight photos, that’s amazing.

    Lovely cake – can I ask if the decoration in the middle is meant to look like something in particular? I’ve been puzzling over it for ages trying to work out if it’s meant to be a little camping scene, which flowers they are, if the wooden dowels are just dowels or super modern candles etc etc… I apologise if I’m being silly and it’s obvious.

    kamran replied:

    Hi Emma- I purchased a container of edible flowers from the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC (for about $5) and figured that they’d look nice on top of a cake. Those are only about 5 or 6 small ones from the large container of flowers. I’m sure if you ask a local bakery to buy some, they probably wouldn’t mind…

    As for the wooden dowels; I had one stuck in the center of the cake for safe measure, and I broke a dowel in half, added some twine to each piece and stuck both pieces in the cake. It was a last-minute thought, but I thought it’d be lovely.

    Hope that helps! :)

  • Maggie
    April 19th, 2011
    37

    What a beautiful cake (& photos) to wake up to.
    Pure sunshine.
    Happy Birthday to TSG I really enjoy your blog.

  • Mika
    April 19th, 2011
    38

    Happy blog Birthday, Kamran!!
    I choose to create a blog to meet lots of new friends, it didn’t happen…I think because I am too shy and too lazy…but I’m still waiting, one day I’m going to meet a lot of people through my blog and I’ll be happy like you… ^_^
    I love your blog!

  • Sally - My Custard Pie
    April 19th, 2011
    39

    Happy Blogging Birthday. I too have met a wonderful community of like-minded people on and offline through food blogging. Congratulations on your two year milestone (and great pics).

  • Kristen
    April 19th, 2011
    40

    Happy blog birthday to you, dear friend!! You have an immense amount of talent. I’m glad you’re out here to read!

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    April 19th, 2011
    41

    I’m intrigued with the mixing method! It looks as though I shall have to break down and buy Rose’s cake Bible. I’m a devotee of her Bread Bible!
    Beautiful photos and congratulations on two years. Your blog is tasteful (literally!) and lovely to gaze on!
    love,
    cathy b.

    kamran replied:

    cathyb. – Thanks so much for the kind words! Rose’s Cake Bible is quite interesting. The mixing technique is unique, and it spares me when it comes to washing dishes (is my laziness showing?).

  • Kylee from Our Little Acre
    April 19th, 2011
    42

    Kamran, when I met you at Martha Stewart’s show, I just knew you’d do well! Mom and I were certainly impressed! Congratulations on two years of TSG, and for all the other cool things you’re doing!

    kamran replied:

    Kylee- you and your mom are the sweetest! Thanks so much for your kind words! :)

  • Elissa
    April 19th, 2011
    43

    Kam, the cake looks unbelievable. So beautiful! I can’t wait to see you next month :) Happy 2nd blogoversary!

    kamran replied:

    Elissa- Thanks so much! The kitchen was extremely warm, so the cake started to get a belt buckle under the frosting. Darn heat! Anywho, it tasted delish, which is really all that matters! Can’t wait to see you next month! :)

  • Terris@Freeeatsfood
    April 19th, 2011
    44

    Happy Blog Birthday TSG and Kamran! Although you don’t know it, you have provided needed inspiration and words of encouragement to me and many others. New posts on your blog are always a treat and I have fond memories of sipping tea and reading about your latest creations and musings on life. Best of luck with all the wonderful things that will pave your future path!
    Cheers, Terris

  • Julie
    April 19th, 2011
    45

    Wow, congratulations and happy birthday! I’m glad your blog was born.

  • Jennifer
    April 19th, 2011
    46

    Congratulations on your 2nd birthday! You have a great blog and your pictures are fabulous!

    I know what you mean regarding how friendly the food blogging community is. I’ve made so many foodie friends through twitter and facebook, I can’t believe I didn’t start food blogging sooner. It’s great to have you as a member of such a wonderful community.

  • Joanne
    April 19th, 2011
    47

    Mega congrats Kamran! Two years is definitely nothing to scoff at! And you have certainly celebrated in style with this cake. Classics are classics for a reason, after all!

  • Megan Gordon
    April 20th, 2011
    48

    Wheeeee!

  • Sheena
    April 20th, 2011
    49

    Happy birthday, Kamran! Two years definitely deserves celebration, you’ve got a beautiful blog. I’ve only been blogging for under a year now, but the people I’ve met in this incredible community have definitely been the highlight. Totally wish I could have some of that cake :)

  • S.
    April 20th, 2011
    50

    Hi Kamran,
    Happy blog birthday!
    That cake looks stunning and I think you’ve done such an amazing job with your blog. I check in every few days to see if anything new is up, and you never fail to inspire me with your simple recipes and beautiful photos.
    I hope you have many more blog birthdays!
    xo
    -S.

  • Allison
    April 21st, 2011
    51

    What a beautiful bright and sunny birthday cake! I love to hear your stories of your blog over the past two years, and all the friends you’ve made through this experience.

  • susan
    April 22nd, 2011
    52

    this is my kind of cake. absolutely gorgeous and I love the photos!

  • Millie
    April 25th, 2011
    53

    Congratulations Kamran on your 2nd BloggieVersary. I’m not a food blogger, but a renovation blogger & your incredible Roast Herb Chicken has sustained us many times at the end of a long day of smashing bricks, stripping & sanding wood, painting over the Mission Brown etc. Your talent knows no end, so keep up the fabulous work.
    Millie x
    P.S. At 55 I think I may be one those crazy old ladies who very occasionally uses am image ‘borrowed’ from Google images. Forgive me.

  • Sara
    April 25th, 2011
    54

    Congratulations! I may be saying this rather self-servedly, but 2 years is a great milestone. And that looks like a great cake, incidentally.

  • Tracey
    April 26th, 2011
    55

    Congrats! I’m a fellow teen baker – and I absolutely love your site! That cake looks to die for. Keep up the great work – your photography is awesome.

  • Alejandra
    May 6th, 2011
    56

    This comment is very late, but just wanted tell you how impressed I always am by your talent and love for the food and for our funny little blogging community. You’re a truly special person and it’s been great watching your blog grow over these past two years. Looking forward to hanging out at lots of future events and parties. xo

    kamran replied:

    You’re very kind, Alejandra! Thanks so much! :)

  • Eliana
    May 13th, 2011
    57

    Congrats on hitting your two year mark Kamran! Sorry this comes a little late. I’be thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful and throughful blog posts and look forward to reading many many more of them.

  • Sweetapolita (Rosie)
    May 15th, 2011
    58

    Congratulations on 2 years, Kamran! I love your words about your start in blogging and your experiences. If I was as motivated as you as a teen, it would have been a miraculous thing! You’re amazing and talented, and, oh yes, I love this cake! I love the rustic exterior, the color of the frosting, and the photos!

  • Sweetapolita (Rosie)
    May 15th, 2011
    59

    PS. I just realized I used 4 exclamation marks in my comment, and completely excluded any other form of punctuation. ;)

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    May 15th, 2011
    60

    Hi Kamran- Happy Blogiversary! I came here intrigued by this delicious cake and left feeling inspired. It’s true that the food blogging community is full of supportive people. I’ve “met” many I now happily call my friends:) I look forward to your next year of blogging and need to explore the rest of your delicious recipes!

  • Meagan Lodge
    July 27th, 2011
    61

    I just found your blog! Love <3 <3

  • Asai M
    July 4th, 2013
    62

    Just thought I’d let you know that you are the one food blog I know I can come to in order to find a delicious recipe. After making your chocolate-strawberry cake and being so pleased, your blog has become a reference point for me. Thanks for all you do and showing your passion so clearly in this blog!

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