Am I the only person who is inspired to bake a chocolate cake by a Special K cereal commercial encouraging weight loss?
I have been craving cake every time I see that commercial, where a young thin woman opens her fridge for a nighttime snack, and there on the shelf, nicely presented on a stylish pedestal cake plate, is a triple layer yellow cake with chocolate frosting. She picks up the cake for a second, titillating my taste buds, making me think mmmmm, mmmmm I wish my fridge had one of those sitting in it! Then she puts the cake aside, takes out the milk, and eats a bowl of Special K red berry cereal instead. And does a little jig-step as she happily leaves the kitchen.
Yeah, right. If that were me settling for the bowl of cereal, I would be slumping out of the kitchen with a resentful sneer on my face. But then, that’s not me. Two days ago, I saw that commercial yet again, and was inspired and motivated. I went right to the kitchen, got out my Better Homes and Garden red-checkered cookbook (the one whose back cover is charred from a gas-stove mishap in my newlywed days) and my son and I baked a yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting.
And it was goo-ood. And for three nights in a row, I have been enjoying my nighttime snack with a big glass of milk. Of course, I am eight months pregnant, which means I am deep into the trimester of self-indulgence, and have no hope of looking like anything other than a weeble-wobble right now, anyway.
Want to be inspired yourself, but don’t want to wait for the commercial? You can go to the Special K website and click on “Nighttime Snacking” to see a brief cartoon version. The cake isn’t quite so prominent in the cartoon, but if you look in the fridge right as the cartoon begins, you will see a big chocolate cake right there in front of the silly thin woman who pulls out a bowl of Special K. At least it makes a little more sense in a cartoon. No real-life woman would ever pass up a chocolate cake in favor of a rice-flake cereal with dehydrated strawberries.
I’ve got one slice left on my cake plate. It’ll be gone by midnight.