Monday, April 30


i made a cake.
try not to be too surprised.
i know,
i make a lot of cake.
i like cake, man; what more can i say?
oh, right- i could say a whole bunch about the taste, texture, consistency,
fluffiness, moistness, sweetness, and overall enjoyability of the thing.
it's a fluffer-upper, and it's not dry at all.
it's got a hint of flaky coconut inside, which is great.
there's shaved chocolate and cocoa in the mix, which gives it a complex,
but gentle chocolate flavor.
the frosting?
that's hella expert peanut butter wizardry, and it's realllllllly good.
and then,
because rules is rules,
there's mini-baby tiny chocolate chips,
and ground cacao nib sprankles.
a spice grinder is your friend.
if you've got one, you can mill all the things-
coffee, grains, actual spices, coconut, and those lil nibs, too.
check the teleport:
it is.
just in time to say adios to the messy month of april.
here's the details, just in case you're feeling motivated:
preheat your oven to 365℉
in your stand mixer, with the appropriate paddle in place,
1 cup brown sugar;
1 stick (8 T) softened vegan butter;
1/2 tsp salt;
1 tsp vanilla;
1/2 cup applesauce;
4 T cocoa;
2 T grated baker's chocolate.
combine totally, then pour in:
1 cup non-dairy milk.
whisk well, then sift in:
2 1/4 cups flour;
2 1/2 T non-GMO organic cornstarch;
1 tsp baking soda;
2 tsp baking powder;
4 T medium-flake unsweetened coconut.
-get that good and fluffed up,
and add it to a greased 9" springform (of course) ,
and bake for ~40 min.
or, until the top cracks and a tester comes away clean.
just like that a whole cake is in effect, in a snap, neighbors!
let it cool completely, flip it over to the flat side, and frost it up.
1/2 stick (4 T) vegan butter;
~2 cups powdered sugar;
1 tsp vanilla;
2 T peanut butter;
1/4+ cup s'milk.
whisked in your superior stand mixer until super fluffy.
that's crazy easy.
y'might need more milk, just add it 1 tsp at a time, so you don't get beige buttmud instead
of buttery fluffs.
you got it.
cake is the cure for what ails me.
except, the side effect is a blarpity gut that won't go away.

i'll say this about april-
it sure was eventful.
i mean, there was sandwich week.
that's always a big deal around here.
we saw sylvan esso, and that was neat.
i was on my own for a week, with nearly no contact,
and coincidentally, i was laid out with laryngitis, which was torturous, 
but not the reason for the silence on the other end of the line.
i had a couple of substantial arguments, in which none of what i said was heeded.
i saw the effing mountain goats
and ate waaay too much good bread and even better chinese food in burlington, vt.
during an unprecedented two days off in a row for the first time this year!
...and then, in an unsurprising turn of events, i was all out on my own,
with nearly no conversation, nor consideration, for a whole other 'nother week;
and this time around, i think it took root.
i'm once again the solo sojourner for truth-telling 
residing and biding time in the Folk Life & Liberty Fortress .
i'm not just saying bye bye to april,
i'm also giving a parade-wave to partnerships,
and a wistful salute to predictable outcomes.
and in between all of that,
i was baking cakes; 
and taking long walks with the dog;
working all the days;
writing all the words;
drawing, painting, cooking, exercising; 
and thinking long and hard about what it means to pursue my best self
with a Positive Mental Attitude in the face of rainy days and cold lonely nights.
now that's a busy month!!
it's all really happening,
and my eyes are open, blooshot, for sure, sand quinting for all the full-moonlight,
but i'm looking at What Is, and where i'm headed,
and i have to say:
i'm glad there's cake, man.
it's be a real hard style without those sweet slices;
never quiet, never soft.....

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