Tonight I was going to do my homework for this finance class I’m taking, which is to read chapters one through twelve in Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers (Third Edition) by Thomas A. McLaughlin.
Then I remembered I had leftover buttermilk in the fridge.
That’s when I got out one of my newer favorite baking books, Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, which I love for a lot of reasons, one of them being that the large number of recipes almost guarantees that if you are any kind of baker, you can always find something that you can bake with ingredients that are already in your kitchen. I could have at least read two chapters of Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers (Third Edition) in the time it took me to decide on trying a recipe that was new to me, Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake. A bummer about this recipe is that I do not keep malted milk powder in my supplies, so I was unable to make the chocolate malt buttercream frosting the recipe calls for (nor did I have any heavy cream for the ganache I contemplated), but I decided that I could substitute the marshmallow frosting I learned about last weekend when I baked Dorie’s Devil’s Food White-Out Cake. I don’t really like marshmallow, but I am kind of obsessed with making it because making it feels like magic.
So instead of reading chapters one through twelve of Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers (Third Edition), I listened to Jack White and the Black Keys and baked a chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting. When I had downtime in the baking process, I brazenly read Entertainment Weekly because Danny McBride interviews the Black Keys in the new issue. That’s an obvious choice.
The cake is quite good, probably the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made, and it’s not even for an occasion. I ate a slice tonight, I’ll probably eat a slice for breakfast tomorrow, and then I’ll bring the rest to work on Tuesday. I’ll have to bake this cake again at some point, although I’d use a different frosting. Probably ganache like I wanted to do in the first place.
All this goes to say that I have been up to my usual antics while I haven’t been blogging, although watat has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I keep making notes in my notebooks about things I want to write about here. When I logged in to post this, it had been so long since the last time I logged on that I’d forgotten my password. I also had so many updates to run that WordPress was having a little panic attack about it.
I don’t know if I’ll really write more. Or when. I have to read chapters one through twelve in Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers (Third Edition).
Also there’s still more buttermilk in the fridge.