Are you like me? Do you take one tiny bite of something savory and immediately need a dessert to wash it down? I am SO guilty of this. I honestly think my grandfather is the one who cursed me with this way of thinking. I literally spent my entire life watching that man follow every single meal he ate with a cup of coffee and a piece of pound cake/coffee cake/pie/ stella dora cookie/some kind of dessert! And he lived to be 93! Maybe he was on to something..
I am not that bad, however, I usually reward myself between lunchtime and 4pm with a piece of dark chocolate (its GOOD for you, duh), and then after dinner I let myself have a small dessert. Some nights this dessert will just be some cut up fruit, on a rare occasion I skip the dessert and just have green tea, and other nights I bake brownies and go to town. Balance!
That is all well and good, except we are a few weeks out from the Christmas holiday and my God my self control was at an all time low. Puppy Chow, Christmas cookies, Panettone (SO MUCH Panettone), Cake…I went way, way overboard. Because of that, this past weekend while doing my first super healthy shop of the new year, I told myself I would not by anything remotely bad or remotely sweet.
That plan worked great until my sugar cravings hit after dinner tonight, and after a little google search, Pinterest perusing and a visit to the pantry, I was well on my way to making CAKE IN A TIN CAN!!!! (THANK YOU BAKER CHICK!!!)
I followed this recipe from the Baker Chick for ‘Birthday Cake’ except I added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips.
While this was baking I also made a quick frosting with 2 tbsp of cream cheese, two teaspoons of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
Once the cake was cool I cut it into 4 slices and made two portions with the frosting in the middle (don’t think I was about to eat the whole tin can cake on my own, the only reason I added peanut butter was because the only dessert Javi likes is when something has peanut butter in it, and if I was going to eat this, I needed him to have some incentive to eat it too…everyone knows when you don’t eat dessert alone it doesn’t count..)
For tonight, my sweet craving has been satisfied, my creative energy has been released on this fun and cute baking experiment, and tomorrow night, its back to Green Tea! Balance!