Back story on this blog: I grew up with an Italian grandma who loved to cook. It was her passion and she made a side business out of it. I remember her teaching me how to bake anisette cookies and she would never let me look at the recipe because she wanted me to study it and know it by heart. When she passed away, I really didn’t think much of cooking or baking because it felt a little too sad so I just chucked the idea of out of my head and went on with life.
Fast forward ten years later, I quit my job and just decided to have some “me time.” Now when you’ve been either in school or working for your whole life, it’s hard to really just have time to yourself. You almost feel like you’re wasting the day away… so I figured I would try to do something creative to pass the time. I first tried my hands at painting because, not to toot my own horn, but I am a pretty good artist. I took art classes all through out high school so I figured it would be something fun to get back into. While it was fun, it was also frustrating. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and the insane amount of time and detail that goes into painting was a bit too much for me.
So I decided to go on to the next best creative thing I could think of, baking! (Although my unfinished Winnie the Pooh painting is still sitting in my basement. (RIP) I felt that baking/cooking was almost like painting, still creative, but I had a little more freedom to not feel as though I had to be “perfect.” I decided to find a simple recipe as not to completely deter myself from the new adventure. I stumbled across this instagram post for Swedish sticky chocolate cake and I instantly wanted to try to replicate it because well, who doesn’t love chocolate and who doesn’t love cake?
Below are my results:
The reason I loved this cake is because it was simple and easy to make. It’s a fun recipe, that’s easy enough for anyone to follow and the results were amazing because I still get requests may months later, to make this cake. I did change a few of the ingredients to make it both vegan and gluten-free, but overall the result made me happy and I stumbled into a new hobby/passion that I forgot I had. Making this cake was the first step in lighting a flame that I thought went away a long time ago and it was the first time I realized that my grandmother and I had more in common than I remembered.
Stay tuned for more recipes and stories!!