I can't seem to get past the 1-2-3-4 cake from the back of the Swan's Down box. The raspberry recipe was actually really easy that I found on epicurious and adjusted for taste by adding meyer lemon zest and less sugar. And the Swiss Buttercream frosting recipe from Smitten Kitchen is the BEST frosting recipe I've ever had the pleasure of using. It's not overpoweringly sweet at all and goes onto cakes like a dream. I don't know if I'll ever use another frosting again.
I'm happy to report that no one died from food poisoning from my attempts at baking. The biggest disaster of the day was the fact that I dropped the 1/2 eaten piece of cake on my super cute shoes. SIGH. I was forced to cut myself another piece and start over again.