Just Because Cake

I made this cake just because. Just because I almost always have the ingredients for a vegan cupcake recipe on hand. Just because it was a Wednesday and I was lonely. Just because I had a bunch of icing remnants in my fridge that I wanted to use up (spoiler alert: I used up none of them entirely). Just because the activities of reading, writing, watching more TV and going outside did not seem appealing that night.

So I made a cake. Just because! And it was delicious. Those Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World recipes are foolproof – they always come out so moist (…) and yummy. I made a chocolate cake and frosted with leftover Betty Crocker and homemade icing that I dyed pink. I tried to do a striped pattern on the top – just because – but it didn’t turn out so I just smoothed it all together to become PINK!

Thus far, the cake has been eaten by me and my best friend while watching Lola Versus (great movie, in our opinion – Greta Gerwig is so funny) on my bed. It was supposed to be taken to a dinner or two, but I keep forgetting it at home. I’ll bring it to the next one though, because it’s just wallowing in my kitchen.

I guess this qualifies as stress baking. I’m okay with that, since I didn’t just eat the whole thing to cope with my stress. Actually, it’s the act of baking that relieves my stress! Often by the time I’m done baking, I’m not really interested in eating the products. This is good news.

I used this recipe for basic chocolate cupcakes – one batch makes an 8-inch, 1 layer cake.

Gosh, I love my hobbies sometimes. Cakes make friends! Happy baking.

  • Rose

    Hi, I love your blog by the way, it always makes my day. I just have an unrelated question and didn’t really know where to put it. I was wondering how you dealt with the whole teenage ‘finding yourself” area of your life, you just seem to be so comfortable with yourself so I was wondering how you got to that point or if you’ve always been like it. (Don’t mean to treat you like an agony aunt.)

    Thanks

    • Stephanie

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you so much for your comment – it was very sweet, and I’m glad you like my blog. Thank you for reading. :)

      The truth is, though I have made leaps and bounds in terms of becoming comfortable with who I am, I still struggle quite a bit. The short answer of how I’ve made gains in this area is: I read a lot of books, did a lot of journalling, had a lot of long talks with loved ones, threw myself into experiences that boost my confidence.

      But I think this is a really important question (and that it’s really important to dispel the myth that I’m perfectly happy all the time – myth of the internet!), so I’ll be writing a reply to this question in post form, probably next week. I hope that will help! Thanks for asking. Feel free to ask more questions if you have them. Thanks for reading, Rose. :)

      xo