“I need chocolate cake”… “but you don’t like chocolate cake”

I am looking after a sick husband tonight. Yes, that’s right, Craig and I tied the knot in August (that story for another blog perhaps). Everyone knows when you’re sick there are certain foods that just make you feel better. For me it’s white toast (Wonderbread to be brutally honest) and Canada Dry ginger ale. Craig seems to like those too and in an effort to Canadianize him not too long ago, his new comfort food is Kraft Dinner (can you blame him, it is really is good).

So a quick box of Kraft Dinner was “krafted” on the stove. After, we were laying on the couch and he looked at me with his pouty super cute sick face and said to me “Babe, I need chocolate cake.” I turned to him and a smile started to curl on my face. “But babe, you just told me a week ago you don’t like chocolate cake.”  He came up with some sort of defence that I really didn’t understand, but as a good caretaker should do, I listened intently and said “I’ll make you chocolate cake.” Suddenly the colour came back into Craig’s face… clearly chocolate cake is the miracle cure to the common cold.

I found this very quick and simply snacking chocolate cake on where else but Canadian Living. I was expecting to have to run out to the store to get missing chocolate but given the nature of the simple ingredients, including cocoa powder, all I was short was the buttermilk. Not to worry though, as I’ve found ways to turn regular milk into buttermilk. Simply add a tablespoon of white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup and fill it with milk to the 1 cup marker. Let is rest for at least 5 minutes and then use whatever your recipe requires. While I haven’t had a chance to do a comparison, Craig’s chocolate cake was moist and tender, suggesting to me that the substitute was successful.

While I was making the cake quickly in the kitchen, Craig called out “I need a cuddle!” I waved my spatula at him with a bit of frustration and said “What do you want, a cake or cuddles?!?” and I should have known better to ask such a question, because only Craig with his quick wit could come back with “I want cakey cuddles!” We laughed and I quickly put the pan in the oven and then ventured over for a snuggle.

My sick husband devoured a generous serving of chocolate cake dusted with powder sugar about 35 minutes later… and in an effort to make him feel better, I devoured a helping myself. It might not have the healing properties of a bowl of chicken noodle soup, but it certainly made Craig feel better.

Recipes for chocolate snacking cake and buttermilk substitute can be found here:

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/chocolate_snacking_cake.php

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/condimentsandspices/r/Buttermilk_Sub.htm

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