I was issued a challenge by M for this year’s birthday cake – something with booze and cherries in it. I found a recipe for Manhattan Cake and made the cake exactly as instructed but made my own buttercream recipe and added the flavorings they mention. It was much too dense a crumb for me – I don’t really like all in one cakes. It was bea-u-ti-ful and M loved it, which is all that really matters. Now to think of something hard for me to set for him for my birthday, per tradition.