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Sweeten up the time with spice cake

March 3, 2019
Spice cake can bring sweetness during hard times.

Life is very much a story. We are all participants willingly or reluctantly. Sometimes we skip through the scenes, stroll through the chapters or sleep through the days. We’re hoping if we deny it hurts, then it will just go away. I am working hard each day to be present and deliberate in making choices that cause me to open my eyes and see what’s here and what’s happening right now. I know the dangers of mourning the loss of something while it’s still wonderfully present. Yet, I cannot help but be aware of how everything has a season, especially after experiencing the speed with which my children are now grown and gone.

Every now and then I look further out into the future — a place I find is growing darker but still with a few promises of excitement. I see joy, but it’s mostly what I don’t see that seems dim. The kids will grow up and have their own families, and our parents will inevitably pass on. It already feels lonely. I was in the grocery store the other day. As I passed through the toy aisle, it made me call my sister in hopes to remind her to enjoy the thrill of how so little (toys) will bring excitement to her boys. Attempting to console myself and failing miserably, I did nothing but fumbled through our conversation without finding any useful sentiments. In fact, when it comes to mourning our kids getting older, I don’t even know why we call each other.

We provide nothing but an invitation to a deeper level of festering sentimentality. After we laughed at ourselves and talked about how tired we were from working, we hung up and somehow groceries lost its appeal. Nothing but a big juicy spice cake would take the sting out of the story line happening right before my eyes. Love has breathed life into this story I’m living, but this cake has made the chapter a little sweeter, a bit kinder and a whole lot more tasteful.

SPICE CAKE:

2 cups flour (all purpose)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 sticks butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

4 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1 cup sour cream

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir together milk and sour cream. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined, then stir in sour cream mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture until just combined; do not overmix.

In a greased and floured Bundt pan, pour in this batter.

Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

RUM SAUCE:

2 sticks of butter, melted

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons rum

1 egg

In the melted butter pour the sugar and whisk together. Add the rum and egg and beat until smooth. Pour over the spice cake.