My friend Derrick Jue and I used to literally spend 24/7, every minute together throughout college. We would have the exact same course schedule every quarter (we were both mechanical engineering majors), work on our problem sets, spend miserable nights debugging our impossible code and circuits together. It was only natural that I felt weird, sad, and empty once we graduated and Jue spent most of his working hours in China on very lengthy business trips. My friends and I all got so used to him being away that we stopped worrying about eating nuts and started baking goodies and cooking with nuts (Jue is deathly allergic to all nuts and peanuts).
A while ago, his girlfriend Vanessa made a plan to visit him here during a well-deserved vacation after completing her CA (Certified Accountant) exam, but China, once again, called for him to be shipped in on a very short notice.
Feeling sad that he won't be able to spend time with Vanessa during her visit here, Jue asked me to bake a cake for Vanessa in time for her visit. Something with no chocolate since she's not a huge fan and something with nuts since she had been much deprived of nuts since becoming his girlfriend.
After digging around for that perfect cake, I decided to make a raspberry almond cake with fresh berries.
The cake layer was a simple vanilla cake with a hint of almond and generously brushed with fresh raspberry puree to moisten it. In between the cake layers were a light melt-in-your-mouth almond cream cheese frosting and fresh berries.
Finally, the cake was topped with more fresh berries and cream cheese frosting. The nutty cream cheese frosting was a perfect complement to the sweet and juicy berry flavor and fluffy vanilla cake.
Jue asked me to put some equations and number on the cake as a part of the congratulatory message for completing the CA exam. I had no idea what sort of questions pop out in CA exams. After my roommate and I made an unproductive attempt to Google some CA questions and equations, I started putting on random unrelated numbers... :)
The fresh berries made this cake a good fit for the hot summery day. I hope you enjoyed the cake Van and sorry you couldn't be here Jue!
We miss you here. COME BACK PLEASE.