For our prompt of “Desserts” today, I was craving a bit of cake. While Philippe and I were out shopping, we saw a rum cake made by a local bakery that we had once at a restaurant and loved. So I insisted we simply must buy it at once! As we were heading toward the cash register to check out, I saw another locally made slice of zucchini cake and snatched it up as well. I was about to grab a third one to try and was thankfully saved from myself by Philippe. I told him that it was actually necessary for inspiration for my prompt today. This, of course, made me get that silent sideways look he always gives me when met with my nebulous logic. And, once home, neither cake, though perfectly delicious, was particularly colorful or visually interesting. So, instead of sketching either of them, I decided to sketch my actual craving itself with a kitty stand-in and a completely imagined cake. The view and this particular cake was from my imagination, but there is a Neapolitan cake like this one that I’ve seen before online and really want to sample. So, my next mission will be to try to get Philippe to make one for me, but in the meantime, it’s always good to dream.
Actually, we only ate the slice of zucchini cake so far and will try the other cake after dinner this evening. In my defense, I haven’t completely lost my mind as the extra slice of cake I grabbed was quite small and we shared it. The first bite was not amazing, and we both looked at each other and made the same face. Then, without saying a word, we each scraped off all of the icing and just ate the cake and it was quite delicious! The icing was just way too sweet and the flavor hid or destroyed all other flavors with it. But, the cake was moist and amazing on its own. This all happened just after lunch and Philippe was about to cut up an apple for us. I reminded him that we had cake and that since it was made with zucchini it was just the fiber we needed. I got the sideways look again, but he really wanted cake as well, so he relented. I have to admit that I do love trying to sneak in a dessert while we’re out shopping. Philippe’s response is always to dissect it and decide that he could make a better one. He doesn’t create his version right away, but the next time I try to grab for that slice, he tells me that he’ll make one!
So, that’s the story of how I manage to get cake from time to time. But, in truth, it’s perfectly rare and that’s precisely why I love it some much. Anything that’s a bit rare is always a bit more intriguing. We’ve watched several episodes of The Great British Bake-Off and I always find myself like this little cat I sketched today. I literally want to try every single thing I see! But, I live a life that’s full of wonderful moderation. This is, in no small part of course, thanks to Philippe’s loving intervention. Left alone, I’d have far less self-control. But, I love this, because I’m constantly reminded that a treat is only a treat when it comes much less often. It’s that exciting bit of life that I get to experience again, but never all of the time. These are the little things in life that I adore. Little fun surprises that can make a day feel like a celebration. And the things I love most are usually truly simple. So ridiculously simple, in fact, that it doesn’t seem like much at all. But, for me, I love seeing the special in any given moment. There’s always something wonderful there when I take a second look. I live for those little moments that can suddenly become important, like those more noticeably urgent moments, when I’m simply craving cake.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta, and Indigo. Staedtler Pigment Liners in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!