In my mind, I’m still 18 years old. In reality, I’m 18+8.
I try to do things befitting an 18+8-year-old. I really do. I have a mortgage. I bring clothes to the dry cleaner. I read the Washington Post. I watch documentaries.
And yet, I still want to own anything covered in glitter. I buy lip gloss that smells like cupcakes. I have to remind myself yearly that I’m too old for the Warped Tour. I can quote entire scenes from The Simpsons.
Baking a giant chocolate cake makes me feel 18, when my culinary tastes centered exclusively around chocolate and frosting. Back then, I didn’t care about presentation or technique. When I wanted dessert, I wanted what all teenagers desire time in memoriam: a cake that tasted like a Hershey’s bar and gave me an epic sugar high. So, last weekend, I gave in to my 18-year-old self and whipped up Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake from Serious Eats. Then I slathered it with King Arthur Flour’s Super Simple Chocolate Frosting. Then I sprinkled it with colorful sprinkles for good measure.
This cake was so good, so moist, so AWESOME, that both my 18- and 18+8-year-old selves were thrilled. I know this because they both had a slice (but only the 18+8-year-old got a wicked sugar headache). Figures.
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