The semester is officially over. I survived my Psychopathology final. I survived my first colonoscopy. I am feeling better. I have amazing friends that love me and took excellent care of me. This is the first finals period of my college career where my eating disorder did not relapse. All of my grad school applications and letters of recommendation are in and officially out of my hands. I had a best friend night/day complete with a romantic comedy, cheesecake, a sleepover, shopping, and hot chocolate martinis. I went to a Zumba Fitness® master class this morning taught by the queen of Zumba herself, Tanya Beardsley. I am going to Florida a week from today for a vacation with my mom and younger sister. See? Lots of joy.
Another reason to celebrate is that one of my closest friends at Wesleyan had a birthday on Thursday. Emily is a very important person in my life, so she deserved an extra special cake. Lying in bed the night before, I was thinking about what combination of flavors I could put together that I hadn't already tried, and I started thinking of candy flavors. That's when it hit me: Almond Joy Cake! I know, it's been done before, it's not that exciting, but it's new territory for me, so I chose it.
Unfortunately, Thursday was the day I was prepping for my colonoscopy, was on a clear liquids only diet, and after taking the pills, I was really not feeling well and couldn't finish it, so I filled and frosted it when I got back from my procedure on Friday. Friday was the birthday of two very important men in my life, and unfortunately, neither of them are still with us. My best friend, Kurtis, was supposed to turn 22, and my grandfather would have turned 78. Being able to assemble and frost a cake on their birthday was very cathartic for me. It was almost like I was making the cake for them, too.
Almond Joy Cake
Recipe adapted from here.