I recently attended a workshop called ‘Alchemy’. The results of the workshop I can truly never put into words, but all I can say about it is that for the very first time I experienced ‘consciousness’ – a much elusive word which I find staring at me at the end of every experience, emotion and problem saying “I have always been here, it’s just that you can see me now.”
What I also learnt is that life is just a story we create for ourselves. Instead of being disillusioned by the fact that it’s just a story, why not play an active part in creating the story that you want to star in?
Prep time: 15 mins, improvised using the Martha Stewart recipe
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter the cake pan. Sprinkle with flour, and tap out the excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and oil, and beat on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
- In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar until combined. Add to batter, and beat for 10 seconds. Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans.
- Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan.
For the butter cream frosting:
- 5 tbsp soft unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food color of choice
Beat the butter , add sugar gradually beating until incorporated. Add the other ingredients!