I could use a cake decorating book (and one of those rotating pedestals), but it didn't turn out too badly.
This is the "Perfect Party Cake" from Nick Malgieri and Dorie Greenspan, published in Baking: From My Home to Yours. This is a tender, lemony white cake with four layers filled with raspberry preserves and lemon buttercream frosting.
I'm not normally a buttercream fan, but the tang of the lemon juice in this icing really lightens it up. I added some raspberry preserves to make the pink tinted icing.
The cake is tender, with an even crumb and delicate flavor. I'll be making some adjustments to the recipe for my party later this week; the frosting was a little thin and was a bit hard to spread. I'm already planning several variations on this recipe: coconut cake, spice cake, almond cake. The perfect cake, indeed.