They say that when a woman is in labour, cracking eggs to make a groaning cake will make her labour shorter, and the scent of the cake will ease her pain.
Maybe, maybe not…but the act of lovingly preparing a cake during labour – or anytime – can be meditative, and a way of doting on your unborn baby and your beautiful pregnant self.
This is a cross-posting from my new site, Nalumana Women’s Wellness.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 ½ cups apple (grated, no skin)
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and then combine. Stir until just incorporated.
- Pour out the batter into a greased loaf pan or into a muffin tin lined with paper liners. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin/the loaf comes out clean (muffins probably won’t take the full baking time).