Chocolate cake, eaten with a fork, straight out of the pan, makes me happy. I don’t know much, but I do know that! There are times in life (and in baking) when it is well worth it to put in effort and push yourself and there are times when you just want to throw something together and call it a day (and eat it straight out of the damn pan) and that’s okay. We can’t always be as organized and motivated as we might like because sometimes you have to give yourself a break. If you couldn’t tell, I’m feeling rather exhausted, physically and mentally. I’ve been working full time as an intern at the iconic Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse! It’s beautiful and inspiring and delicious and lovely… and exhausting and very trying at times. I have been putting so much energy and effort into showing up everyday. I’m trying so hard to do my best and put aside all my anxiety, so I can take as much as possible out of this opportunity. So, when I come home from a long day or have a day off here and there, I just want to take a deep breathe, crank some tunes, turn on the heater, and maybe eat some cake. On one such day, I came across this recipe for an easy chocolate sheet cake from Lady and Pups! Besides the fact that her photography is stunning and that her blog embodies my current life crises, the cake itself is a dream come true! I’m not quite sure what Marie Antoinette was on about (I don’t think the sentiment of her statement was quite as nice as us bakers might hope), but let me eat cake, dammit!!!
“Perhaps some day I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.” -Sylvia Plath
RECIPE: Lady and Pups