Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests baking a cake in July to help bring more harmony to your everyday life. She suggests that each Sunday this Month you try making a cake from scratch as a form of meditation. Think of the most luscious cake you can imagine, the cake you’ve always wanted to eat but never had the time to make. The cake that always seemed to daunting. Make time to take the time to make your cake. To make your cake baking meditation as inspirational as possible she recommends taking a look at Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book The Cake Bible. Put on your apron and declare the kitchen of limits to all but the artist at work. Slowly , carefully and mindfully gather the raw materials for your creation. If something is perplexing you at the moment see the situation as simply just the next step, remembering how each ingredient makes an important contribution changing the whole end product. When your cake emerges from the oven, fragrant and full of flavour consider for a moment the difference between creating one from scratch and one that’s thrown together with a ready made mix.
She also recommends starting with Jam Cake with Caramel Icing.
I decided to start with The Ultimate Banana Cake with Passion Fruit Honey Frosting from Annabel Langbein’s book The Free Range Cook, Through The Seasons.