But, as someone who hates to be bored and has a sweet tooth, I’m trying to be better at baking. It is challenging – unlike in the States, there are no Duncan Hines boxes of cake or brownie mix. No fun-fetti cake. No “just add oil, eggs, and water.” Here you have to make everything from scratch.
I found a few recipes online and have experimented. The first few loaves of banana bread were not great, but I have that down now. Today I might try chocolate banana bread. I’ve also made peanut butter cookies because the peanut butter here is delicious! First batch = awful; second batch = ok if you dunk them in coffee.
Monday, though, I decided to really be adventurous and to bake myself a birthday cake. It was a simple enough recipe – in fact, the author mentioned that it’s so easy, his little six year old bakes this cake.
After sifting and beating and mixing and baking, the cake came out ok – maybe a little dry and boring looking. Originally, I was just going to bake the cake – the icing recipe looked too complicated – but staring at my sad little rectangular, over-done white cake, I decided to brave it.
So, here’s what I learned: Making icing is SO EASY! It’s a joke! You add everything together, bring it to a boil, stir and there you go! Perfect Chocolate Icing! Who knew?!
So in the end, I was pretty proud – my cake not the prettiest cake, but it was delicious (thanks to the icing). Unfortunately, it was so delicious that I ate the whole thing… by Wednesday. So, I now need to bake another cake for Sunday…