Sorry - I encountered some posting difficulty earlier this week!
I have just completed my first challenge! I prepared Dorie's Perfect Party Cake for just the occasion - a work party! I followed the recipe to the letter, although I made it a two-layer rather than four. I LOVED the cake and will definitely make it again and again. I think that in future I will top with a lighter icing / topping, even a glaze, as the buttercream was a little too rich for my tastebuds. However, it was met with rave reviews by all who tasted :)