Yesterday I watched the movie “Julie and Julia” again. As I watched it a second time, I enjoyed it even more than the first. Since I now have started blogging – doing a similar thing to what Julie does in the movie – my connection with the movie is different than it was before.
When Julie needed to take a break from the blog but were afraid that her readers would be upset with her, or when she was sure she wouldn’t finish, but was afraid what her readers would think. I think about those things now too. (I know I have at least a few readers out there right? 🙂 ) Thinking about these things also reminds me of a great post that Kayla did recently about why people have blogs.
Clearly, what I am doing is not near the magnitude that Julie took on with the Julia Child cookbook by any means, but I feel like the concept is similar.
The thing about that movie that I relate to the most is in the beginning when Julie explains that she cooks and blogs about it because she enjoys it and it is a great stress reliever. Now, I’m not saying that my job compares at all to the stress level of her job in the movie, but it has its days. Baking is such a wonderful stress reliever. And that is why I decided to bake this cake. 🙂
I found the cake recipe on The Kitchn. The actual recipe is here , but if you have not seen it before, you should search around the rest of the site and check out all the rest of the food porn as well 🙂
So, first I had to find Root Beer sweetened with cane sugar, instead High Fructose Corn Syrup. Actually a bit harder than I thought it would be at my local grocery store. Here is what I found.
On to the baking!
I did use semi-sweet baking chocolate instead of dark chocolate for the frosting and this cocoa powder, because I had it already and didn’t want to buy more. I don’t know how “dutch process” cocoa is different than other cocoa, but it didn’t seem to make a difference in the recipe. (At least as far as I could tell)Overall, the cake was good. Parts of it were kinda dry – I think I didn’t mix it enough. One of the last directions were “The batter will be slightly lumpy–do not overbeat, as it could cause the cake to be tough.” I think I was concerned about over-mixing and ended up not mixing enough.
Also, I don’t really understand what the purpose of the root beer. It did not taste like root beer. It must have been some kind of scientific thing that I don’t understand. Anyone that knows something about food science, please feel free to chime in! 🙂
Ease: A-, The instructions tell you to heat things on the stove and mix them together, but I did most of it in my microwave and it worked just fine. Not hard at all.
Taste: B, not great but not bad. Maybe if I would have mixed it properly it would have been better.
Would I make it again? Not sure. Bundt cake is kinda fun, but I think I could find a better recipe. Either something more chocolatey or lemony. Those are definitely my two favorite kinds of cake. 🙂
Oh, and if you are wondering how to stop your (hopefully less) stressed out self from eating the delicious baked goods – pack them up and bring them to work with you the next day! It gets them out of your house AND it makes for a generally happier workplace 🙂
How do you relieve stress? Is cooking/baking a stress reliever or stresser for you?