Let’s bake, let’s accomplish!

If you have successfully not accomplished your to-do list of 2017 and have still planned to bake
a cake, you are my best friend. It's not just any cake, its a cake made out of sheer regret of not
being your best version throughout the past year and courage for being a better you this year.

For such a cake you will be needing the following ingredients:

1. Flour ( 'All purpose' flour just like your goals for the upcoming  year) – 200gms
2. ‎Butter ( simple and unsalted, just like life is)-100gms
3. ‎Condensed milk ( sweetened preferably just like your desired character)
4. ‎Beetroot ( to add 'natural' color to your red velvet cake)-2
5. Pistachio (for the topping)-20gms
6. ‎Baking powder- one tea spoon


Let's start off with the dry ingredients, take a nice big bowl, add the all purpose flour just like
adding purpose to your goals which you will soon accomplish. Next add the baking powder and mix
well, just like adding that little zeal to your hard work something which you didn’t do for the
previous year. Now, baking powder is essential for the perfect fluffy texture of the cake
just like zeal and enthusiasm is for your dreams to come true.

Next step is to melt the butter. The essential thing here is to heat it at the right temperature until
it softens a little, if you heat too much the butter might burn and lose its essence, something
which happens to you when you are too hard on yourself.
Add sugar to the melted butter and mix well. Mixing the entire sugar and butter all at once would
be a terrible mistake. Take it slow, little by little. Add one spoon of sugar every time and mix
well. Just like appreciating yourself when needed but not too much and also criticizing yourself
when needed and not too much. The perfect balance between the two would make you a
mastermind. The perfectly balanced butter sugar mixture is now ready.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture little by little and mix well. Now, this is a
major step. The dry ingredients are your abilities and the butter-sugar mixture is your talent. It's
only when abilities and talent walk hand in hand that you will be able to master the recipe.

Red velvet cake has always been my favorite, but adding the food color just to get that red
texture isn’t something I would do, as being phony wouldn’t sync into my new
personality which is bound to conquer life and accomplish goals. Therefore, I would recommend

using beetroot instead. So peel the beetroot to let go of its dirt, something you should do with
sloth and procrastination. Now cut the beetroot into medium sizes pieces and grind them to make
a puree.

Add the puree to the cake batter and mix well. Take the cake container and grease it well with
butter to ensure that the cake is easily let out from it after it is baked. This is symbolic to
changing the room when you think you are ready for the bigger challenge but if you want to just
be comfortable and not hustle you can stay where you are and you will end up ruining yourself
just like the cake gets burnt when left for too long in the oven.

Pour the batter into the container and bake it in the oven at 250 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
While the cake is baking, prioritize your to-do list for 2018, segregate your list into immediate,
short-term and long-term goals. It will be easier this way as you can now focus more on the
immediate goals and at the same time keep a track of short-term and long-term goals.

Once the cake is baked, keep it aside to cool down. On your journey to your goals there are
going to be times when things get heated up, you could get mad at yourself or maybe on
someone else, either way, the best solution is to keep calm as it is said,” A moment of Patience in
a moment of Anger saves a thousand moments of Regret.”

Now comes the coolest part, icing and plating. I am not really fond of whipped cream on cakes,
therefore, I just spread a thin layer of condensed milk on the top of the cake, you could do
otherwise. For plating, cut the cake into slices evenly and dust pistachio powder onto each slice.

While you are eating and serving
the cake don’t forget to notice the positive vibes around you which whisper “you are going to do
great this year”,” you are awesome”. In case you feel stuck up somewhere in any month of the
year, do not panic as now you have this recipe and every day is a baking day.

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