Cake and Kindness

road-construction-in-st.-louisThis is what is going on today. Still. FPS. You may be tired of hearing about how the jackhammers make our building shake, but not as tired of it as we are. I mean seriously, just HOW much concrete is out there to break up? This has been going on since this summer. Today is a particularly high jackhammer-making-the-building-shudder-and-shake day. I think it would be an act of kindness (to our whole building) if I were to go out there and take the spark plugs out of the engines while they are off on their lunch break. (Can someone – as an act of kindness – tell me where to find those spark plugs?)

Speaking of acts of kindness, here’s a heads up on our December blog contests – for the next three Mondays, we’ll be encouraging you to do and share Random Acts of Kindness. This is the third year that we’ve encouraged extra acts of kindness in the month of December (because we know that many of you do them regularly, all year long). By putting the spotlight on it via a blog contest, you’ve told us that it helps you to be more conscious of the little (or big) things that you can do to make a difference to someone this month. Here are the blog posts with Kindness Comments from last year:

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four

If you’re stuck for ideas, read some of the comments on those posts and it will get you motivated and moving forward on the things that you can do. That, of course, is the purpose for sharing your random acts via a blog comment. We know that you don’t do these things to brag about them or to win a blog contest (although we’ll be sending out fun prizes!). When you share what you did, other people get some great ideas of things that they can do as well. So get out there this week/weekend and find someone to bless. Then come back to the blog next Monday and leave a comment to let us know what you did. I love reading all of your comments in these contests. It’s just such a reminder of what an incredible bunch of people you are. πŸ™‚ Thanks for playing along with us in our December contests from year to year.

Today’s recipe is the moistest, most delicious chocolate bundt cake that I’ve had in a long time. I hope you enjoy it!

Sinfully Moist Chocolate Bundt Cake (I can never say “Bundt Cake” without thinking about My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The movie. Not my own wedding. That wasn’t Greek. Or big. Or fat, for that matter.)

sinfully-moist-chocolate-bundt-cake1 yellow cake mix
1 large box of chocolate instant pudding
1 cup of oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup water

8 oz. container of sour cream

1 bag of mini chocolate chips (I couldn’t find minis, so I used the regular ones)

Mix the first 6 ingredients together and beat for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Fold in the sour cream and Β mix well. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until well blended.

Pour into greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60-80 minutes. (The original recipe called for 60 minutes. I have made it twice and had to bake it for 80 minutes before a knife inserted into the middle came out done. So just check on it as you go along.)

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy! (Or make the chocolate glaze from this bundt cake recipe that I shared last year. Today’s recipe came out moist-er, but the glaze on that other recipe was really good, too.)

Sheri enjoyingtropicaltemperaturestoday.40degreesandsunny.


  1. How funny – I also always think of that movie whenever someone says “bundt” – and now I have my husband doing it too! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for reminding us again to be kind to others… sometimes in the midst of all the nuttiness of the holidays, it’s easy to forget.

  2. Poor things! I hate construction work – especially the noisy, dirty, traffic-inducing kind. This happens all the time in Southern California! Refresh my memory – why are they tearing up your road??

    Gotta try this bundt cake – looks delicious and super easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Having readers share about their RAK is a greta idea! Thank you for inspiring us to find ways to be kind to others. I’m enjoying reading about what others have done! And I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do my own!

  4. See, Sheri, that’s your problem–the weather. If it was 20, like it is here in Chicago, there wouldn’t be quite so much hammerin’.

    Looking forward to RAKs again! I love hearing what others do.

  5. I love hearing about other people’s RAKS and I love thinking up RAK opportunities of my own. It’s in the 20s and blustery in my neck of the woods. A good time to think about RAKs!

  6. Hmm, cake. Tonight I’m baking birthday cake for tomorrow (red velvet). I will be dreaming about this bundt cake, because it is definitely a simpler cake than what I have planned!

  7. Oh God – now I’m laughing out loud at my desk, picturing Andrea Martin (Voula) talking about her “bibobsy” twin, and Lainie Kazan and that hilarious bundt scene “there’s a hole in this cake” πŸ˜€ Thanks for that cheer on this Friday afternoon πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I can’t stop laughing πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. Can you line the walls and windows in skeins of yarn to muffle all the sound? Or maybe you need to make peace with the jackhammer and knit it a cozy? Or maybe your early RAK for you, the Loopy Elves and all your neighbors would be to sneak off in the middle of the night and disable the equipment. Worker’s might appreciate a day off too!

    Thank you for the Moistiest Bundt cake receipe – I’ve saved it for later, though. This weekend is all about Holiday baking and Holiday knitting.

  9. Ooooh, weird!! My totally non-yarny mom just made that cake this morning! πŸ˜€ Seredipity, I tells ya.

    The other day, a young teenage boy came knocking at my door, and asked if I had any garbage he could take out for a dollar. For once, I actually didn’t, because I’d made my own sons take the garbage out earlier that day, so I apologized to the kid & said no. After I’d closed the door, though, I thought about it…we were in the middle of a major winter storm, and it’s a long bloody way to the dumpsters round here! Plus, good on him for being willing to work for his money. So, I fished up my very last dollar (seriously, we are SO BROKE right now!!), and poked my head out the door & called him back. I told him I still didn’t have any work for him, but I wanted him to have my last dollar anyway, because kids like that are rare (especially around here!). I’d have given him more if I’d had any more to give.

    That kid really impressed me…

  10. Will those men take a bribe of one or two of those cakes πŸ™‚
    Would work for me…. don’t know but after watching the evening news last night – if that work is associated with stimulus package grant money – you could be in for the long haul – sounds like a lot more work than just repairing pot holes. Hey when they re-pave the area – why don’t you and Loopy put your footprints in it like Grauman’s Chinese – or insert a star with yours and Loopy’s name like the walk of fame on Holywood Blvd. – make it Loopy Blvd. πŸ™‚

  11. I made this same bundt cake recipe this past weekend for a girl friend get-together, but used a chocolate cake mix, and yes I can say it is very moist and a chocolate fix in the making! Goes great with wine, girl talk, and relaxing!

  12. i try in general to do RAK’s, but i do notice more folks doing them during the holiday season. Yum cake! we made a spice cake this evening, calorie friendly and it hit the spot!2

  13. I’m so glad the RAKs are back—well, really, they never left, but I’m inspired by reading them. And I also can’t help thinking of that movie when I see or hear “bundt cake”—too funny!

  14. Hi, the RAK is a great idea all year long. My story is about my husband, he bought blankets last year and handed them out in a poorer part of town by the Salvation Army. He said he was apprehensive about the bill he was going to get for the blankets but when the bill came in, the money was there. So this week even though money is tight, he and one of our daughters handed out 100 hats and gloves within about 5 minutes in the same area. He said the look on some of their faces warmed him as much as the hats and gloves did the people.

  15. Just returned home tonight from spending the week with my mother-in-law (she is also a knitter). Made her breakfast each morning and alternated making a late lunch or taking her out to an early dinner. Just spent a lot of time sitting with her and listening. Never had much luck getting involved with community projects… my application gets lost… they fill the ranks before my name comes up… I think the message for me is that charity begins at home! There are people in my own family that need special attention and I need to make the time to be there for them.

  16. Just a quick tip for those chocolate chips, if you coat them in flour then they will not stay at the bottom but float throughout the cake. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Thanks for your wonderful blog. Those RAK’s are a great idea at this time of the year. Happy HOlidays

  17. I am a bit behind in my blog reading but one of my knitter friends told me that I had to come here and share my story of a Random Act of Kindness — I didn’t even know about the contest. I was riding the metro downtown to the hockey arena on Friday night to catch the game. I just made the train, so ended up sitting in the middle as opposed to the front car (which is usually much less crowded). At the next stop someone got on and started talking to me (an unusual thing on the DC metro as there is an unwritten rule of no talking to strangers especially if you aren’t seated next to them and it isn’t a late train after a night out — this was still commuter time) which made everyone a bit more friendly. We talked about hockey, course. Soon the car began to fill up with commuters and hockey fans, both. Then we heard a cowbell (thanks SNL) and a older bearded “gentleman” came down the aisle in a wheel chair. He had a box for pan handling and a sign that said “vet”. I don’t know if he was actually homeless, but his circumstances as could be read from his appearance weren’t great. But he wasn’t asking for money he was just chatting about hockey as well, he was heading down to the arena — just inside the glass doors they have a huge TV where they broadcast the internal (not TV feeds) of the game and he watches most games there — he mentioned he would go in if he could get a ticket. Well, I happened to have an extra and after he chatted with riders for a while, I asked if he really wanted one and gave him my extra. He commented that this was better then any amount of money I could have given him. He continued to work his way down the aisle and chat and then came back and said “Ma’am this ticket says $50, that is too much” but I insisted that I wouldn’t be using it and that he should take it. He thanked me profusely, complimented anyone around me who may have been associated with me and went on his way to the hockey game (which the Caps won).

  18. “It’s a CAKE!”

    I laughed at the Big Fat Greek Wedding comment – that was MY wedding (which was big and Greek)! My parents brought a bundt cake the first time they met my now in-laws…it was hilarious.

  19. I have befriended a lady that is in jail. I try to visit her for an hour each week and take her books to occupy her time. I’ve been trying to help her 16 year old daughter. I am so thankful that I have the freedoms I have, after a visit to the jail. Our Bible study, that I lead, took up an offering so she can have funds in the jail commissary.

  20. Tomorrow night we have our LYS Christmas Party. We all bring a dish to pass and a white elephant gift. Last year my friend knitted a white elephant—and I got it! Love it! I’m going to make this bundt cake for the party — we all love chocolate, in addition to knitting. Thanks for sharing it again, Sheri!

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