How’s everyone doing out there? Are you hanging in? This time of winter is always challenging for me with the holidays past, endless gray days and cold, and what feels like no end in sight. This year things are of course much more challenging with the ongoing pandemic, disasters from climate change, etc. I am doing everything I can to do things that bring me joy and lately that has meant tons of time in the kitchen baking and cooking.
All this time in the kitchen doesn’t necessarily translate to recipes you end up seeing here on the site. For one thing, my cooking is much more improvisational than it used to be and recipes aren’t always involved. Also, the time and energy involved in photographing food in the more structured way I used to don’t feel joyful to me right now. However, I still love sharing great recipes and it just so happens I take pretty decent photos of food with my phone as well. So lately as I ponder how to keep this creative outlet a joyful place, I realize that less staged and more casual photos of the things I make is fine with me if it helps me be able to share more often with you.
Caroline and I actually made this cake last spring in the beginning of the pandemic when we were trying to find ways to occupy ourselves at home. Even though that was nearly a year ago, we have not forgotten this epic chocolate millionaire’s cake. It is decadent and stunningly beautiful, and was so much fun to make. This has chocolate cake layers, fudge frosting, shortbread and caramel filling. Finished with the gold accents, it is irresistible.
If you are looking for a fun and somewhat involved baking project to enjoy while you’re stuck inside, we highly recommend this! Honestly, the book Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff is one of my absolute favorite baking books and we love to bake from it. I know you’ll love it as much as we do.