Should there be a reason for eating cake?
No, not really.
Not when you get one of those baking bugs biting you! I can go for months without turning on my oven... but when the bug bites, I can be baking more than one cake a day. That's what happened today.
First of all, I have a slab of cream cheese sitting in my fridge, fast approaching its shelf life and I had to do something about it. Having bought some couverture chocolate recently, I whipped up a chocolate sponge and cut it into 4 layers. Now what shall I put in between the layers... something which goes with that cream cheese? Rummaging through the larder & fridge, I found walnuts, almonds and a pack of Oreos. So I decided to whip up the cheese with some cream and chocolate... sprinkled some toasted nuts ... decorated it with the Oreos wafer rolls... and this was the result...
The Christmas mood has permeated the air... so I guess now is as good a time to bake a fruitcake as any. Having soaked the mixed fruits in brandy for the past few days, I added a little "twist" to my recipe and came up with a light version of the traditional fruitcake... it's not totally densed up with fruits... it's buttery, spicy, zesty, nutty and best of all, very much brandied! (used up half a bottle of brandy to soak 1kg of mixed fruits!)
So... do we still need a reason to eat cake? :-))