I’m really changing things up around here. I am baking once or twice a week.
I have to say, I haven’t been a big baker up until now. Mostly because, like I mentioned in last week’s post, baking seems complicated. You can’t just add a pinch of this and a dash of that. You’ve got to carefully follow directions, for the most part, and that’s not something I excel at doing, you know?
But it’s been really fun spending time in the kitchen with Violet. I also like the fact that she’s seeing me bake. She’s a part of it. Not only does she love to lick bowls and mix cake batter, but we enjoy the end result for the week to come. Her favorite so far have been the Peanut Butter Fudgy Bars that I made, putting June Cleaver to shame, I might add. She enjoyed the pie too, but I think she was a bigger fan of the ice cream I served it with.
This week we made two (TWO!) chocolate cakes. Which means Violet got to lick two bowls. She was definitely game. Here’s how it went down: we noticed that some of the cake mixes come with pudding already added to the mix. That gave us an idea… Why don’t we buy our own box of pudding and add it to one cake mix and not the other. Would it really make that big of a difference? Would people be able to tell?
See for yourself in the video below featuring my husband, his brother, Dave, and his girlfriend, Christine who hail from the most excellent rock’n’roll band, Marah. They’ve been on the road, eating cake from diners for more than a decade. They know their stuff, people.