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Need a super no fail white cake/icing recipe

OK, so I can cook savoury food like no one's business (or so my family and friends tell me). BUT, when it comes to cakes, I am well, mediocre. Thus, I have always resorted to bought cakes when it comes to major events like birthdays and the like.

My daughter is being confirmed on Sunday and we are having a small get together afterwards. I'm determined to make a simple white cake (in the shape of a cross - hey, even I can manage that) with white icing for the dessert. Can anyone point me to a tried and true recipe that comes out moist, flavourful, and on which the icing does not immediately slide off or turn into a rock requiring a Sawsal (sp?) to cut through?

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