Happy Birthday Nicole!
Now this is what cake should taste like. Perfectly moist cake, the right amount of crumb, delicate vanilla flavor and rich, buttery, but not too sweet, vanilla frosting. MM even said that this cake is better than supermarket birthday cake. This may not seem like much to normal people, but in MM's world, that is the ultimate compliment. (When he was in college he used to buy birthday cakes for himself when it was not his birthday, nor any of his friends' birthdays, to eat as a snack. It is a minor miracle his arteries haven't given up already.)
The recipe is from a great restaurant in Old Town Alexandria called Restaurant Eve.