My Broken Kitchen

My 8-year-old daughter has been food blogging for four days. On her second day of blogging, she apologised to her readers … “I am not cooking because of my kitchen – it is broken!”

I’m sorry. I have been blogging for six years and despite writing only sporadic posts over the last several months, I have not had even the slightest bit of decent courtesy to explain that I haven’t been cooking because my kitchen is broken.

But it’s true. My kitchen is broken.

In times well past, there was once a family kitchen complete with unidentifiable fridge and very raidable cupboards.


But then something terrible happened. We ran out of wine.

Oh. Sorry – no. Getting sidetracked. It was something much, much more terrible than even that.

We lost the plot.

We couldn’t find it anywhere.


We were totally devastated.


It was so bad, we soon realised there was only one thing that could possibly save us now.

Chocolate cake.

But the baking gods were against us …


… and our kitchen was still falling down …


… and there was nowhere to put a cake pan.


But sometimes you just have to laugh in the face of impossibility (and ceiling dust and plaster dust and all the other sorts of dust that hang in the air and make you cough lots), especially when there’s a birthday …


… and especially when your 8-year-old daughter is determined …


… to bake some Spludge.


Go visit Madmu for the recipe.

You’ll make her day if you leave her a comment there. She’s one excited little baker-blogger!

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  1. darling L, happy birthday. we are in the same boat. since june i have not had a kitchen to bake in. but construction actually finishes tomorrow and wednesday my gas range will be converted to propane. then starts the process of setting up the kitchen. there are a LOT of boxes to unpack. but i just have to congratulate you M on what a beautiful job you did. your spludge is gorgeous. love, rose

  2. Barbara

     /  August 26, 2013

    You do make me laugh Kate! I’ve missed your posts. Good work on the blog Madmu 🙂

  3. Dad

     /  September 4, 2013

    Your kitchen will soon be too new to work in, K.
    School term starts soon so you’ll have plenty of spare time to try it out.

    M’s spludge looks delicious. I’ll have to get Yerma to make me some.

  4. Jeannette

     /  September 5, 2013

    The Spludge cake looks VERY good, I wouldn’t mind a square of it myself! Aren’t you lucky ,Kate, having a daughter who is keen on baking and being in the kitchen, or disaster area as it is at the moment! I hope her interest continues.

    • Hi Jeannette 🙂 It’s lovely to hear from you again 🙂
      The Spludge was looking a bit dodgy at one point (she has a very cavalier approach to substituting ingredients in a recipe!) but it came out of the oven exactly as she said it would. It didn’t hang around for very long either …

  5. looks very tasty! I am going to make it again


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