Hello, Spring: Orange Poppyseed Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Orange Poppyseed Cake with Strawberry Buttercream, Orange and Pink, Spring, Party, Birthday, CandlesHello, Spring.  It's me.

Up until the snow storm last weekend, which had us hunkering down under cozy blankets and eating hot soup for a few days, we've been enjoying some beautiful spring weather.  With temperatures in the 60s and 70s each day, it's been perfect for taking my baby outside to play in the yard, and it's so much fun to watch him discover new things, like the feel of grass (which he tries to eat) between his fingers and under his toes, the lilacs brushing against his nose, the sound of birds and squirrels frolicking in the trees and the breeze blowing through his wispy blond hair.

After the morning chill wears off, we like to spread out my great-grandma's quilt under the shade of the apple tree and just enjoy the breeze and the scents of spring.  He looks so adorable in his little straw hat that one of my aunts gave him.

With all the flowers blooming, the trees budding and the warm days of late, I was inspired to make this cake with buttercream roses climbing up the sides, and it's just such a happy cake, don't you think?