We've all been there. Sitting helplessly, hopelessly still. Numb. Staring into space, wondering how it could all go so wrong. Your spirit crushed, insides churning, heart heavy. How does one ever laugh or even smile again, after that feeling of ... nothingness? It might be guilt, or mourning a loss, or wishing for something that may never be. A broken heart - whatever its cause - can paralyse the soul. Even a distant memory of the pain can take you by surprise, the body remembers the trauma and transports you right back to that moment when everthing ... stops.
Baking is wonderful therapy.
For those times when making things from scratch is too much to bear, I make do with the following recipe:
- supermarket cake mix
- one egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- choc bits
- melted butter
- soft icing sugar
- vanilla essence
- Using an electric mixer, beat together cake mix, egg and milk until light in colour and smooth in consistency. Stir through choc bits. Line 12 muffin pans with large cupcake papers, spoon in batter and bake at 160 degrees (fan forced) oven for about 25 minutes.
- Beat together icing sugar, vanilla essence, and enough melted butter to form a thick icing that holds its shape. When cupcakes have cooled, pipe the icing over in a spiral pattern.