I can't believe my baby is one already! Time flies, even though it seems that he's been with us forever. I asked Laurel what type of cake she thought we should make for Dean, and she said, "Coconut!" So I tried a Cook's Illustrated recipe that called for a traditional cook-the-eggs-and-sugar-over-boiling-water-using-a-candy-thermometer-then-take-off-the-heat-and-whisk-the-whites-until-they-reach-80-degrees frosting...I've always wanted to try a French/Swiss/Italian buttercream recipe, and I have to say that it is scrumptious! The inverse of my usual powdered sugar, little bit of butter frosting recipe; a traditional buttercream has more butter than sugar. The whole family was thrilled with how the cake turned out. And for once, this frosting spread like, well, butter. It was a gorgeous specimen.