The first September challenge for the Barefoot Bloggers was Ina's Birthday Sheet Cake, chosen by Susy of Everyday Gourmet. I made this yesterday afternoon and took half of it to work with me in the evening, where it received rave reviews from everyone who had a piece.
I'm glad I didn't read any reviews prior to making this cake, because the lemon zest in the cake was delicious, adding just the right amount of zing to a potentially bland cake. The frosting was rich and tasty. It was a bit runny, but firmed up nicely when refrigerated.
I also only made half a recipe, using an 11x7 pan. Next time I will use one that is 9x13, which I think is a better fit for half the batter. Either way, you just have to pay attention while it's baking rather than depend on time alone.
If I bake it again, I might also frost it with a lemon icing, since I feel that the chocolate frosting, while delicious, overwhelms the delicate flavor of the cake.
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