Usually, when I think of chocolate cake, I think happy thoughts. If there is frosting on the cake, then I usually think of celebrations. If there are sprinkles, then the happiness and celebration factor is through the roof. But, for the first time in my life last week, I baked a chocolate cake complete with frosting and sprinkles, in the spirit of “Shake it Off” and “Let it Go.” Lately, there are some things that are going on that are just beyond my control and baking this cake was the perfect way to keep my brain from overdrive and endlessly worrying about things that I can’t fix. It also kept my hands busy, which prevents me from shooting off emails or messages that I would probably regret later. I must apologize for the lack of photos from the cake baking process. The lighting was especially abysmal, and it just seemed that every angle was a little bit off. But the process was very calming. This recipe, originally from Smitten Kitchen is easy to follow and there aren’t any fancy steps or ingredients. Perfect for the sort of mindset I was after, if that makes any sense.
By the time I had finished baking the cake, it was already 11:30 pm, and I didn’t have the energy to make the frosting or find the sprinkles. So I just left the cake to cool and went to bed. The next morning, I searched for a buttercream recipe while drinking my coffee. By then, I was in a much better mood and the frosting worked out exactly the way I imagined it would.