Jenny's birthday was last weekend and I was happy to host a ladies-only dinner party in her honor saturday night. The evening was high class from top to bottom. We started off with baked brie and white wine, courtesy of Jenny's cousin Katie, and we sat out on my deck amongst the flowers before dinner. The main course was a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with maple sauce, mashed potatoes, and an avocado and mandarin orange salad with homemade poppyseed dressing, supplied by Anna.
Dessert was champagne and carrot cake, as Jenny requested. I was happy to try out a new recipe I found in my Martha Stewart magazine - 3 layers! I even made enough extra frosting to dye and decorate with. I take great pride in assuming that this cake would not end up on my new favorite blog, cake wrecks. Ruthie also brought a box of beautiful cupcakes from a bakery near her new apartment. Unfortunately none of us had room for them at the time, but the next night I enjoyed eating the one I kept. It's the one on top in the picture with pink and green swirls. Someone suggested that I wanted it just because it was pink and green. I cannot argue. But it was also vanilla cake and very good frosting so who can blame me?