Valentine's Day has come and gone. The bakery was the most crazy I had ever seen it. I got their at 6 am and was going nonstop for the next 8 hours. We couldn't keep enough in stock, people were just walking in, buying by the dozen. The clipboard of orders was overflowing. I am still recuperating.
These little squares are quite amazing. I normally have a great bias against sheet cakes, associating them with those gross
pre-made grocery store cakes. But coating them in the most amazing molasses glaze and cutting them into little squares changes everything.
The cake has black pepper in it. This was something I found very unusual at first. I didn't know if it would give the cake a strange flavor. It didn't at all, it made the cake better. It had a very wonderful ginger flavor with a nutty, spice tone that you really couldn't place. I'm no foodie who can go, Oh the floral note's in this make blah blah blah. I don't know things like that. I know what tastes good to me. And somehow the pepper in this makes the cake magical.
I had found a black pepper cake recipe in an old cookbook at my great great aunt's house. Thinking it was just absurd at first, I now fell I must bake it. I am so intrigued by the black pepper in sweet items.
I got a wonderful note in the mail today from a friend who moved away. It made my day. Sometimes you can go months with out seeing someone, you might still text often but you haven't really seen that person in a while. But getting that note in the mail tells you nothing has changed. Just because you on the other sides of the state doesn't mean anything. You are friends, and nothing is going to change that.
Recipe torn out of the pages of Better Homes and Garden. Scanned.