For my Nan Nan's 80th birthday, I wanted to make a cake. I do a lot of baking (obv), but I hardly ever make cakes. Cakes are an intimidating commitment that can so easily go wrong. But in my head, this strawberry cake (Nan's favorite) was pretty and pink and perfect, topped with eight symmetrical strawberries. But then real life happened, and stupid me forgot to line the pans (all three of them) with parchment paper.
Disappointed that I couldn't decorate my pretty pink cake, (but excited at how delicious it still tasted) I went a different route; individual strawberry cake trifles. With a layer of cream cheese icing (dyed pink), a layer of cake, a layer of icing, a layer of cake, a layer of homemade whipped cream, and a layer of fresh strawberries, it was hard to feel sad about the picture-perfect cake for very long.
(I used Deb's recipe for strawberry cake and cream cheese icing, as well as her recipe for homemade whipped cream, which is so worth the easy process as it blows store-bought whipped cream out of the water.)