She loves all things Hawaiian/tropical so I thought this coconut cake with lemon curd filling would be perfect. While I probably won't be making this cake again any time soon (it took about 2 hours to get the cakes and filling made...and about 6 bowls!), it did teach me one invaluable tip of cake baking that I will use from now on. The recipe told me to butter and flour each pan and then line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Why has no one ever told me this before!?!?! The cakes came out easily and PERFECTLY! No longer will I get that scary/sinking feeling when I invert my cake and wait feverishly for that satisfying thump of the whole cake falling together out of the pan.
Try it next time you bake...you'll thank me.