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:
GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
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.