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Tender Citrus Sour Cream Cake

[Photograph: @sstiavetti]

You'll find this cake moist, tender, and citrusy, holding a touch of spice from pungent cinnamon. The whole things is soaked with a mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream, then covered with a generous blanket of ultra-smooth Swiss buttercream frosting after a brief spell in the icebox. If you like, you can cover the cake in buttercream roses a la I am Baker. It's a quick and easy way to make an already impressive cake stand out, though I prefer a more traditional icing style that leaves a little something to the imagination.

About the author: Stephanie Stiavetti is a writer and cookbook author in San Francisco. Stephanie's cookbook, Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, celebrates America's favorite dish by recreating it with small production, specialty cheeses. Her food blog, The Culinary Life, is a repository for all things comfort food related, from savory dinners to transcendental desserts.

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