Live a little!

This Easter season, we are celebrating Jesus’ life and resurrection. Today in church my pastor (who happens to be Filipino) said something along the lines of, “You Americans don’t know how to celebrate! For your birthday you get cake and pizza and around 8:00 you say it’s time to go home. But we Asians celebrate family differently. We have lots and lots of food… and we drink beer…. and we stay together the whole night celebrating and talking and just being together.” (I’m just quoting him and not going to go into a complex conversation about race or alcohol and all that, though I could if you wanted me to.)

Of course, my mind selfishly retorts, “Yeah but you don’t know how hard it is for some of us to celebrate with food!!”

Then I came home and baked some brownies for my friends. I realize the irony that I have a history of anorexic tendencies, yet baking is stress relieving for me. I love trying out new creations and baking new recipes, though not necessarily eating a lot of them.

In the spirit of celebrating food and trying to break food-related chains, I thought I’d post one of the best cake recipes I’ve ever tried. I made this for a friend’s birthday party and they told me this is one of the top 3 best things I’ve ever baked them. It’s also really sugary and unhealthy… consider yourself warned.

Here’s my baking tip for people who struggle with food-related issues: bake for a group big enough to eat your whole creation. Then you don’t have to worry about being tempted to binge, and you can just have a healthy portion and take in the joy your friends get from your badass cake.

Nutella Gooey Butter Cake


1 box Devil’s Food cake mix

1 egg

8 Tbsp butter, melted


1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup Nutella

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 Tbsp butter, melted

4 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the cake mix, egg and melted butter. This can be done with just a spoon if you’d like, no electric mixer needed. Pat half of cake mixture into greased 9 x 13 inch cake pan. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer combine the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla and melted butter, then add powdered sugar. Pour over cake layer and spread evenly. Then pour in second half of cake mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. The center should still be gooey, do not overbake!

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