Well, the news was all good. The tumor was benign! We can all celebrate the fact that Mr. Smith is well and is on the mend. He is still a little swollen, bruised and in pain, but that is temporary. Get the ticker tape parade ready!
Ok, they probably don't have those anymore. Seeing as how they probably don't use ticker tape machines anymore. Not in the age of the internets!
In honor of Mr. Smith's surgery/reprieve from the governor, I am going to share his favorite cake recipe.
The great story about this cake is that Mr. Smith used to wax poetic about the chocolate bundt cake that my mother-in-law used to make. Now, my mother-in-law is not someone that could ever be described as domestic or maternal. Okay, you have all heard about those mothers in the animal kingdom that eat their young? That's her.
Apparently, in one of her more nurturing moments she used to make this cake (or a version of it). Of course, as many of you know, we no longer have any contact with my delightful mother-in-law that doesn't include lawyers or law enforcement. She is a real gem.
Obviously, with a family like that, we aren't exactly having coffee together and trading recipes. Quite frankly, I would be afraid to engage in such an exchange.
So, here I was with my dear Mr. Smith. He wanted his favorite cake. He missed his favorite cake. So into the archives I dove and I came up with this one.
Another recipe from my mother's dear friend Susan. This cake is a real heart-stopper, not much nutritional value, but it is yummy. The amazing part, Mr. Smith LOVES it. It is exactly the right recipe. I was able to recreate his beloved bundt cake and recapture his youth. The happy part!
I had done an end run around the evil mother-in-law and it pleased me to no end!
The funniest part was when my father-in-law found I out I had made the cake. He was astonished that I had the recipe. She would never give it to the likes of me!
HA! I may be delayed, but I will NOT be stopped!
So, here is the mythical cake in all its glory. Make to celebrate something and have a happy Monday!
Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
Add: 1 small package chocolate instant pudding
Then add: 1 package yellow cake mix
Last add: 1 cup chocolate chips (or more if you are feeling sassy and Mr. Smith usually is)
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in greased floured bundt or tube pan or 2 loaf pans.
Slice and store in plastic air tight containers to avoid the cake drying out.