*If it's a rainy/snowy day or you live in a humid climate, decrease water to 1/4 cup.
**If you don't have vanilla bean paste, combine 1 tsp. of vanilla extract with the seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean.
-Don't add too much fruit to the top of your cake or it will start to deflate. It's a delicate cake! Trust me :)
-Use three bowls to separate eggs. One medium bowl for yolks, one medium bowl for whites, and one small bowl to separate them over. That way if you do get yolk in the small bowl, it only ruins one egg and you don't have to dump the entire bowl of whites out!