For those that know me on a personal level, you will know that I’m pretty focused, driven, and disciplined. You will not find me relaxing or deviating from the plan very often. I function well like this (until I get so tired I can’t take another step…but whatever.) Each day I have to be intentional about having eyes for things around me and helping where God leads me. It’s a real struggle. A real struggle. I like for the laundry to be done. I like for the dishwasher to be unloaded as soon as the cycle is over. I like to have clean floors. I like for everything to have a place and for everything to be put in said place. I’m positively giddy when I cross off my last item from my to-do list before I go to bed each night. Giddy. It’s just who I am. Please note that I’m not really about perfection. I just like to get things done. Well, all of that came to a screeching halt on Thursday afternoon. I came home from working with a couple of hours to spare before picking up the boys. I looked over my to-do list and decided I just wanted to deviate from the plan. I decided to make a Chocolate Cake with coffee. You see, the day before, my friends and I dined at a restaurant and they were serving samples of dark chocolate cake. It was divine. I asked the waitress what made it so good. She got down and whispered, “Coffee, but don’t tell anyone I told you.” My wheels started turning. I started thinking about how I could make chocolate cake with coffee and this is what I came up with:
Chocolate Cake with Coffee
1 1/2 c. plain flour
3 T. cocoa (Use dark chocolate cocoa)
1 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vinegar
1 t. vanilla
5 T. coconut oil, melted
1 c. brewed coffee
Mix dry ingredients and then incorporate wet ingredients. Mix well without over mixing. Bake at 350 for 15-30 minutes. (Baking time depends on the size pan you put it in. I put this in a 9×13, but it was pretty thin. You can put it in an 8×8 or 9×9, but the baking times would need to be adjusted. Don’t let it overbake. It will be dry.)
Allow the cake to cook and then add this icing:
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. almond milk (or really any kind of milk)
2 T. butter
1/2 t. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar
Bring the first three ingredients to a boil, remove from heat, and add powdered sugar and vanilla. (For a thicker icing add more powdered sugar.) Pour over slightly cooled cake.
While your cake is baking and you have completely ditched your to-do list, I would suggest you paint a wall in your house as a chalkboard wall. That’s the next logical thing to do, right?!?
Once that dries, cut yourself a piece of cake, pour a glass of milk, call your boys in (2 out of 3 isn’t too bad), and have them draw away. The middle schooler might even say something like, “Mom, since I can’t afford to buy you flowers I’m going to draw one for you right here on this wall.” It’s moments like this, with a mouthful of chocolate cake, that almost make me believe functioning without a to-do list is worth it. Almost.
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