perfect birthday cake

I’m always skeptical of recipes deemed ‘perfect,’ be it the New York Times’ perfect chocolate chip cookie (though I’m sure, as many food bloggers will attest, they may in fact be the best chocolate chip cookie in existence) or, in this instance, Dorie Greenspan’s perfect party cake. Upon first glance, the recipe (from the truly lovely blog A Tender Crumb) does sound delicious: moist lemon cake, raspberry jam, a light buttercream, and a shredded coconut exterior. However, I was inspired to try a cheesecake-influenced take on this cake. I replaced the buttercream with a light cheesecake filling and chose to use strawberry jam instead of raspberry (though I’m sure raspberry’d be just as delicious) and a light cream cheese frosting.

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