I love buttercream frosting, but it has to be real buttercream, not one of those things made with some butter and some solid vegetable shortening. I taste them and think, "Crisco!"
Last weekend at a birthday celebration, someone brought a simple black and white cake from Lilly's Cafe & French Bakery on Arlington Street in Watertown (like the one pictured above). The gentleman who ordered the cake wanted whipped cream on the frosting because his family has a tradition of cream-only cakes. He called around and Lilly's was happy to oblige.
It was so light that the birthday girl and I each had two pieces. "Lose-It!, I'm ignoring you tonight," I heard her say. It was just what I was thinking.
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