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One small thing that stuck out to me when I was reading Julia Child’s biography My Life in France was how after she moved to Marseilles and the weather was bad so she was bored. She complains how her stuff was all packed up in boxes and she couldn’t even go home and make a cake. I like the idea of making a delicious fancy cake when you are bored or when there is nothing going on. I made a little resolution that I want to start baking cakes more on random occasions. (Plus it is such a good reason to invite friends over last minute.)

chocolate ganache cake right here

  1. Rebecca (Dog-Eared)

    November 12, 2009

    that is a fabulous resolution.. i should try it, too 🙂

  2. MsAmanda

    November 12, 2009

    Yesterday I just read about NPR's Melissa Gray, who baked a cake each week and brought it in to work. Now she has a book called All Cakes Considered.

    I'm considering making that one of my 2010 intentions–bake something new each week. Good way to try out recipes that just sit in my pile.

  3. The Shutter

    November 12, 2009

    I agree! Need to do this more.

  4. stacilynfeldman

    November 12, 2009

    what a lovely notion! i think i will adopt it, too!

  5. paula

    November 12, 2009

    i think this sounds like a lovely ides.

  6. Stephanie

    November 12, 2009

    I loved that book too. It was fun to read it while in France. I felt like I could imagine her, an American in France, so well. If only I had her French language skills though! I also appreciated that she was into productivity and not so much the TV. Moi aussi.

  7. Chris

    November 12, 2009

    So funny that you mention this–last night as I was up feeding my lil man I was watching "Cake Boss" on TLC and now I can't stop thinking about CAKE!On this tired November day I could use a rich Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting-YUM!

  8. Little

    November 12, 2009

    I just did that last night only it was out of the box. Full on birthday decorated cake except it was no one's b-day. the kids loved it!

  9. Jules

    November 12, 2009

    I do this all the time, but somehow I still don't have people over. I do drop baked goods off at the neighbors and friends–does that count?

    I just made a ridiculously easy chocolate cake yesterday. It requires a bowl and a spoon–no messy mixers. Even though it is vegan, my omni family thought it tasted absolutely delicious, and that's plain, without frosting.

  10. Nancy Lynn

    November 12, 2009

    Oh, Yum!

    Does anyone have a great pumpkin pie recipe? If so please email me at

  11. LindaSol

    November 12, 2009

    I love your blog 🙂

    And I totally like the idea!
    After watching Julie & Julia I promised myself so many things about cooking & baking. So today you inspired me and I will make something from Pioneer Woman, my Julie.

  12. koodeker

    November 12, 2009

    i loved that book as well. made me want to move to france for a summer 🙂

  13. Katie

    November 12, 2009


    That's exactly what I do when I'm home and bored. I made a huge chocolate cake on Sunday and we're still enjoying it!

  14. Laura D.

    November 12, 2009

    I always find that I end up baking when I am feeling blue or down or needing some sort of a pick me up. Not sure if it is the idea of something sweet or if it is that I first starting baking before I even knew how to cook, but there is something soothing about baking. And a big bonus that it tastes great in the end!

  15. Bex

    November 12, 2009

    My fiance is Scottish and we will certainly be going back there to live at some point. So bad weather, yeah. Last time we lived there I actually did make wonderful things when the weather was bad (it's such a great way to ease boredom, really), but then I gained 15 pounds. So worth it.

  16. julia

    November 12, 2009

    I'm all about the breads, cookies and muffins – they feel more managable. But this time of year it's all about pie!!

  17. Damaris

    November 13, 2009

    I am obsessed with the idea of baking cakes. I have 2 food blogs, I love to cook, but baking beautiful cakes is SO hard.

  18. tcs

    November 14, 2009

    I just made this cake last month… for my husband's birthday. It's delicious, as advertised.

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