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Success! . . . and Happy Birthday, Peter!

Today is a big birthday for my husband Peter, so I baked his favorite cake.  This time, it didn’t fall apart.

My story about the last time is that it was over 100 degrees and very humid.  It just fell apart.

As always, there is a lesson in this experience.  I remember how I felt trying desperately to keep the layers of my last cake from slumping en masse (and in a mess) like an eroding coastline collapsing in one big pile of dirt.  After a panicky effort to salvage it, to “glue” it all together with icing, it felt like the wheels came off the bus and I just wanted to throw my hands up and yell – very loudly – “SCREW IT!!”

I ended up making a joke of it, and it actually was delicious, but it was one very ugly cake.  Check out the picture if you don’t believe me.

Many people feel like this from time to time with eating.  Sometimes it’s as if things start to spin out of control until the center is lost and everything seems to fall apart in an instant.  This is not a good feeling!  I think it is truly what everyone wants to eliminate, even more than they want to get rid of the weight.

Sometimes this will just happen, even if you plan for it not to happen.  But it is still very smart to try to keep your center – a realistic plan with supportive habits – as much as possible, because crazy nutty plans are more likely to cause more out-of-control moments.  I, for instance, have learned that I will never again attempt to bake such a delicate cake on a hot, humid day.

It’s Just a Cake, Kim!

This is what I told myself today – IT’S JUST A CAKE, KIM!

It’s 100 degrees in Milwaukee today, and I decided to bake a cake.  I should have known this was a bad idea, for several reasons, but we have kids in town tonight, and a birthday to celebrate.  The family chocolate cake simply had to be made.

The cake is very delicate and difficult to frost on a cool day.  Today, it was virtually impossible.  The layers crumbled and broke as I removed them from the pans, but I was able to get parts of them aligned.  It looked malformed already as I tried to frost the outside.  What a mistake to even try that!  I should have quit while I still had something that looked like a cake.

Several silent outbursts later – @#$%^&* – I gave up.  I know it will taste good, delicious in fact, but part of me wanted to toss it and tell everyone that I decided not to make it.  Here it is . . . the world’s ugliest cake!  But it really is only a cake. Life is good.   🙂