One Upping Grandma

I did it. I one upped my Grandma.

It’s not a nice thing to say, I’ll give you that.  But it’s true.  I made Grandma’s cake, and mine came out better.

Huh, it sounds kind of obnoxious when I write it out loud like that.

Still, if she were here today I know she would be proud.  She would take one look at this beauty…


and kiss me and tell me that not only am I beautiful and talented but I am also the smartest girl in the whole wide world.

Grandmas are good like that, and yet here I am spouting off about making a better cake.  I am truly a rotten creature.

Though in my defense I did publicly admit that my sweet old granny, were she alive today, would be the odds-on-favorite to beat me at arm wrestling.  Probably she had her reasons for making the cake her way, which was a bit heftier and came in sets of two.

Which brings me to the initial reason for reworking the recipe – the mathematical fact of the situation is this:  I make 2 cakes, I eat 2 cakes.  Never mind that I don’t have a house of people clamoring for dessert.  I will eat them alone and I will eat them fast and I will eat them all and then, even though chocolate is my very best friend and would never punch me in the face like some vegetables I know, I still might end up with a touch of a tummy ache.

So no, two cakes are not a feasible option for me and my pathetic lack of self restraint.  But one cake? One cake is gooood.  Really really gooood.

Warning: I push cakes like thugs sell drugs.  If you feel vulnerable you should step away now.

Because Grandma’s cake (gloriously updated) is delightful. It’s light, it’s fluffy, and it’s low enough in sugar that it’s (heads up, pun ahead) a piece of cake to convince yourself that 4 helpings a day is reasonable. (That’ a small piece after lunch, a nice piece for after school snack with the kids, a piece for dessert after dinner, and one nice slice with a glass of wine after the kids go to bed.)

I’m not going to tell you that you’ve got to make and eat this cake.  No, scratch that, I will tell you exactly that:  Make this cake. You won’t be sorry.

Trust me.  I’ve spent the last few years researching the healthy way to eat.  I know vegetables are good.  But sometimes veggies turn on us, and we need another choice.  And that choice, my friends, is cake.

Still not convinced?  Here are the indisputable facts:

  1. Nuts are packed with protein
  2. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants
  3. Eating cake makes us better human beings*

*this is true but let’s not demean the research but disclosing something mundane like supporting facts.

12 Replies to “One Upping Grandma”

  1. Yum. Cake. Your grandma would be proud.

  2. I can tell I would have loved your grandma. It’s not enough that she was tough as nails, she would bake TWO cakes for her grandkids!

  3. You are too funny! I hope you are enjoying your cake.

  4. Keep posting so I can live vicariously through you! You’re my hero! 🙂

  5. Ha! Too funny 🙂 Cake can make things better like veggies can’t.

  6. I’ll take cake over cabbage any day!

  7. loved- heads up, pun ahead- such great writing 🙂

  8. Great photo! I hope you are doing something touchable with some of the great pictures you put up here.

    I have a request now. I wonder if you have any plan to talk about bags.. jute bags, biodegradable plastics, the dilemma of remembering to bring bags to market, etc. I just keep ending up with a pantry overflowing with bags and I wonder if you’ve got any wisdom, knonwledge, etc. that will help some of us???

    (sorry if I’ve missed a post on this, I quickly searched the blog and didn’t turn anything up..)

  9. Damn, when you write it out like that…4 pieces of cake, it sounds like a lot, and you didn’t even have any cake for breakfast OR brunch! Also, that is one bad ass looking cake!

  10. Oh, you ARE an evil pusher.

    And don’t feel bad about outdoing Grandma. Think of it as evolution.

  11. You’re funny. I love to find new great recipes. I don’t bake that much but I’m starting to get more into it.

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