Writing & Cake

Now I know why some writers have typists. I used to think it was because they didn’t know how to type, but I figured out that it’s really more that they just don’t wanna. I’m rapidly filling another notebook and I really need to type up the pages one of these days soon. 

I know it would be more efficient to just type them in but I love writing longhand into a notebook. There’s something in the process that inspires me. Wrote ten pages or so this morning, before I made my famous Guinness Chocolate Cake. (Okay, it’s really Nigella’s, and the recipe’s below.)

I don’t think I’d write as often or as much if I had to sit at the computer. Or if I made more cakes.

Happy St. Patty’s Day…and here’s the cake recipe:


Butter a 9X13 pan
Heat 1 cup Guinness stout and 10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Beat together 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, 2 cups superfine sugar and add to melted beer butter  
Mix 3/4 cup sour cream, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Add to above. 
Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.

Bake 375 for 40 minutes. Cool then top with this: 
Beat together: 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream.

Nigella actually uses a springform pan lined with parchment paper so the whole thing looks more like a mug of foaming Guinness when done…but I like doing it this way as it’s easier to take to Donna’s house.

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