Cupcakes, muffins, cheesecakes - go wild! They’re unhealthy? And vodka isn’t? Unless you’re an alcoholic, we don’t consume ridiculous amounts of alcohol on a night out for the sheer enjoyment of the taste; the enjoyment is calculated by the company you’re with and the confidence which suddenly presents itself. So why not bake with your mates? It never means a bottle of wine or three won’t go nicely with it. Maybe you’ll risk the hangover but you can stay cuddled up in your comfiest pj’s, there will be no waiting in queues in the freezing cold, and cakes are so much nicer than kebabs.
What better way of impressing your parents with your new responsible, independent lifestyle than by baking them a cake? That money gone into funding your education isn’t completely wasted by countless vodka bottles lined up side by side on your windowsill. Well, not all of it anyway. If you don’t learn anything else at university, you might have at least come away with some life skills.
It’s an expensive hobby you may say. Maybe if you shop at Waitrose. The key ingredients needed for your baking success aren’t expensive – flour, butter, sugar, egg and anything else you fancy. It’s probably cheaper than buying them ready done and usually a heck of a lot nicer too. Who knows, it could even be the start of a new beginning, the next thing you know you’ll have made a Sunday dinner to go with it and people might even pay you to provide such privileges.
But the best thing, it’s rewarding, especially if it doesn’t turn out like a tough brown Frisbee. What better hobby than to have learnt something, had fun doing and had even more fun eating. Even if it doesn’t turn out very well, the chances are you’ll have enjoyed doing it.
That and not woken up with a blinding headache, nausea and cravings for an Egg McMuffin.