There are some things a woman cannot do without.
I don't care if you're a mum of 1 or 14, a sworn spinster with 3 cats because you believe that within every effeminate male beats the heart of a chauvinistic pig or you simply bat for the other side.
Whatever your reasons for who you are, I repeat that there are some things a woman cannot do without.
And a recipe for a really really good, simple, fail-proof chocolate cake is one of them.
Long before kale went from being the curly green bit on our foods that we'd promptly discard to the new 'it-food', every woman knows the power of a really good chocolate.
A new love, a soon to be old love, dumping a guy or getting dumped all warrant an excellent chocolate cake in the aftermath (or before).
Aand when you ride and survive the rocky waves of a tumultous relationship and find yourself married and pregnant with a youngling as testament to your love (or an excellent bottle of bordeaux for that matter) you finally find yourself holding an itty bitty youngling or two.
Which brings me to where I'm at.
My youngest of my two itty bitty younglings has turned 7.
I'm afraid that what I'm about to say next may feature in his therapy sessions decades from now.
Until today, I have never baked him a birthday cake.
I have for his older brother but never for him.
In my defense, his birthday falls in the same week school begins and we always seems to be recovering from our vacation week and so we always end up celebrating his birthday at a restaurant where we end up eating cake.
Therefore, no mum made cake.
(Dear son, please be reading this before you book that appointment your therapist. Mummy loves you. I swear I do!)
But this year was different.
I'm turning the page and I'm going to fix this.
And what better way to sooth mea culpa than, my very best, never-fail chocolate cake. Because let's face it, when you're dealing with some things in life, especially one's own conscience, only the best will do.
And this dear friends, is as good as it gets.
So happy birthday my darling! And may this cake be the first of many more to come.