I loved baked goods, but I’ve never been big on baking. That’s not to say I’m bad at it (I’m actually told I’m quite good), but there are all the dishes and the flour that gets positively everywhere… and oh my goodness don’t even get me started on cornstarch. Cornstarch may actually be my archnemesis.
The nice thing is, when I do get in a baking mood, my husband is such a good sport and we go in it together. When I want cookies, he helps me roll them out. When I want cake, he helps with the mixing. When I get bored/sick/distracted in the middle of baking, he takes over. Best of all, he always does the dishes for me. I love my husband.
A couple weeks ago, I started making a carrot cake for my parents’ birthdays. They were born on March 15th and March 16th, which is nice for us kids because we get to make them one conjoined dinner… and they love not having to cook for themselves. This year, we had a full-on turkey dinner like Thanksgiving, and I was tasked with dessert. Carrot cake was the obvious choice, as both of them love carrot cake. I started grating the carrots.
Then, about halfway through the grating, I got sick. Like, really really don’t-let-me-near-the-food sick. Nothing to do with the food, mind you! Just… my life. My husband didn’t miss a beat. After all, he had a stake in the carrot cake as well. I’m a big fan of chocolate cake. All. Day. Long. Somehow, I got surrounded by all these carrot cake fans. Go figure. My husband whisked the carrots away from me quick as lightning, and had the cake done and frosted and beautiful a couple hours later. His first ever cake! I wish I took a picture.
Needless to say, the cake went over splendidly the next day. So splendidly, in fact, that my parents dropped by the next weekend just to extol my husband again on the perfection of it. I’m so proud of him. We used a recipe from Inspired Taste, and it was incredible. No really, it’s in the title: “Incredibly Moist and Easy Carrot Cake“.
I’ve been feeling pretty consistently under the weather for the last few weeks – since that day, really – and haven’t been up to much baking. That is, until Sunday morning! I don’t know what it was, but I woke up bright eyed and bushy-tailed Sunday morning and I told myself, “I have been dying for Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake for weeks and I’m going to make it now before I run outta juice.” So I did.
Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake is one of the easiest baked goods in the world. I stumbled across the recipe a few years ago on The Pioneer Woman and I’ve been making it as a guilty pleasure every since. There are five ingredients, and I absolutely always eat the whole thing myself. If you like fruit and golden cakes, this is a must have.
If you have it with homemade whipped cream, that’s even better!
Check out Rae Drummond’s Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake recipe over on The Pioneer Woman!
This post was written as part of the April A-Z Challenge. For 26 days in the month of April (excluding Sundays), a post will be written for each letter of the alphabet. April second is “B” and so I chose “Baking” as my topic. Obviously, there’s a lot of possible ground to cover here, so I just went with my two most recent ventures.
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