I will be taking the next three weeks off and will be back at the end of February to pick up where I left.
In the meantime, please send your good intentions and prayers my way - I am all at once nervous, excited, and grateful for the bright possibilities ahead of me. It feels like the culmination of years of work and sacrifice is so imminent, and it is good!
And, oh, please have some cake ~
The cake recipe is available on Rose Levy Beranbaum's site. Use her recommended pan size and baking times, or split the batter between two 6" x 2" cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes.
Take half this chocolate buttercream recipe from Martha Stewart. Slather half of it (so use only a quarter of the recipe and freeze the rest) on the cake and then gloss it up with a light blow-dry. Pile raspberries. Very Valentines, no?
Best wishes for Valentine's Day.
See you at the end of February.