But I shouldn’t…

Mini cake
It’s tricky to see the scale of it, but it’s only four inches across.

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. 

Cake fixings
My cake makings, shamefully arrayed when it’s clearly night outside.

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.

Cake batter
It’s hard to see here, but this is the bowl of my big stand mixer. It makes just a little batter.

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.

Slice of cake
My tiny slice of cake (it’s actually 1/4 of the whole thing). It has tiny horns! That’s a saucer it’s sitting on.

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.

Cooling pans
I have a handy AC vent that points right at where I can park some hot pans. Eventually I realized I could just put them in the freezer…

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!

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