Chelsea’s Chocolate Cake and Jet Lag in the USA

13 Aug

Chelsea's chocolate cake.


I love to make cakes; it’s one of the ways I relax. I don’t particularly like eating cake but I love to feed it to other people. Lots of people ask me to make cakes for them and it’s great to go off into the kitchen and concentrate for an hour or so, breathing in the smell of vanilla sugar and cocoa powder. We’re babysitting our 7 year old nephew this evening and I just introduced him to vanilla sugar. It was love at first sniff. He wants his own jar of it now. I made this cake for our niece Chelsea as a treat after she gained a number of credits in the Children’s University a couple of weeks ago which was really good as she’s only just turned twelve.

Ink Drawing: Jet Lag in the USA.


I did this drawing about 3 years ago when I first visited the USA. I’d never had jetlag before and it was horrible, as you can tell by my expression. On the right you can just make out a crumpled bag of M&Ms – peanut butter flavour. I don’t normally eat chocolate and a friend had asked me to buy them for him but I’d been trying to sleep for about 5 hours and was really frazzled and the jetlag was so bad that I comfort-ate half a bag of them then did this ink drawing with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into a watercolour sketchbook. Then I was sick! Serves my own right!

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