My accounting coworkers are a bunch of bakers. The first week Jennifer was hired, she asked everyone in the company for birth dates. For each and every birthday, she brings in a homemade cake of some sort (even to those co-workers who don't deserve cake. Here is what happens every time: First, Jenn places a cake in the kitchen. Then, she sends out an email to the company that a cake is available in honor of So-and-so's Birthday. This email is immediately followed by the thundering sound of hurried footsteps. People run for Jenn's cakes! Finally, Jenn presents the accounting department with a second cake that is just for us. We eat.
Here's one of her recipes:
--3 cups Flour
--3 cups Sugar
--1 and 1/2 cups Butter (OR 1 cup Butter plus 1/2 cup Shortening)
--2 tsp Lemon Extract
--3/4 cup Lemon-Lime Soda
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour and sugar. Beat in one egg at a time. Add the butter, then the lemon extract, then lemon-lime soda. Turn the batter out into a cake pan (Jenn says the best is a Bundt cake pan). Bake for 60 to 75 minutes.