Chocolate-covered coconut milk cake

Chocolate-covered coconut milk cake

Chocolate-covered coconut milk cake

David’s building a shed in the back yard. I said, “You’re working on a building!” And he said, “A holy crap building!” Because he’s never built a shed before. They say it’s good for you to try something new, but it’s not without its challenges. David is doing a beautiful job, though. I love our shed, and I’ve liked it every step of the way. It feels full of possibilities. At first it was a stage for our Isaac (as is the whole world, of course). Then, once it had a few walls, it became the perfect setting for a tableau vivant. I joked that he could add glass walls, thinking of an aviary or a greenhouse, and he said with glass walls it could be a writer’s room for me. I could see it with turrets and little staircases and balconies, like some mad 18th-century folly. Maybe it will be a smokehouse or a chicken coop or a fancy accommodation for Clio. David talked about putting a screech-owl cote on top, and painting the wall visible from the window with something nice to see when you look out upon the yard. Our house is a crazed tumble of crooked lines and angles, and the sloped roof of the shed is a perfect addition, adding one more level of ramble to a structure that’s been altered and amended for over 150 years. After one rough day at school, Malcolm raced home to help David with the shed, and it was a beautiful thing to watch him out there, happy and confident and actually helpful, wielding a drill with assurance and agility. It’s inspiring and hopeful to watch David build this tiny house; he’s making something solid and useful and simple but pleasing to the eye, as well. I like to think about the shed as part of our eccentric home, weathering the years with the rest of us. And I’m grateful for a dry bicycle seat! And that’s my story about the shed.

I had some leftover coconut milk, so I decided to make a cake. This has a subtle coconut flavor, but no flaked coconut, so the texture of the cake is smooooooth. Completely smooth. The chocolate on top adds a nice flavor and a bit of texture. A nice, simple cake, and very easy to make.

Here’s Working on a Building by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys.
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