When it comes to personality, I’m a planner, I don’t like risks, and I’m extremely organized. If that sounds not very fun, that’s sometimes true! One thing I’ve noticed is that I often have a long list of things I feel should do, although no one expects me to do them except for me.
The past month or so I’ve been trying an experiment of anti-should. If I feel I should do something, but I don’t really want to, I don’t. If I feel I really shouldn’t do a thing, but I want to, I give it a try.
This doesn’t apply to things like “going to work” or “taking care of my cats,” obviously. At my core I will always be a responsible person. But it does lead, at times, to things like baking a cake on a weeknight simply because I want to and I can.
So that’s how I ended up with a small yellow cake with chocolate frosting, all to myself, during the week, for no reason at all.
The recipe I used was a mini cake recipe that makes just enough. Happily I had 4 inch cake pans for just such an occasion! My version ended up a little…weird because I had to substitute a few ingredients, but overall I was pleased! This was a “Deciding at 8 PM to make a cake” kind of situation, so I went with what I had on hand so I had to substitute cocoa for chocolate chips in the frosting and heavy cream for any milk component.
The recipe itself was great. I just recommend using the actual ingredients if you try it… And I think a slightly darker chocolate frosting would have been nice, but cake perfection was not the goal of this project.
So down with shoulds! Cake on weeknights for all!