Because I am a huge nerd...
I baked this cake in honor of the return of Battlestar Galactica.
Well, that's not exactly true. I baked a cake and then on a whim decided to ruin it with a bunch of the cheapo frosting in tubes that you buy in a fit of last-minute desperation at the supermarket and then discover years later at the bottom of a drawer.
Good lord, I just realized that this is my second nerdy blog post in a row. Oh well, I shall press on.
I was going to frost the cake with "So Say We All" except that I didn't have enough space and/or dexterity. To underscore once again what a giant, gleaming nerd I am, I will tell you that I first Googled the word "frak" to make sure I spelled it properly, which is when I learned that people were hosting "frak parties" at private homes, bars, and restaurants all over our awesome country that night. So it seems that I am not the biggest nerd out there. Except that I wasn't even cool enough to be invited to a frak party. Ponder it.
The cake, by the way, was delicious despite my best efforts to ruin it. It was Julia Child's Mocha Brownie Cake from Baking with Julia, and you should by all means buy the book and bake the cake if you haven't already. I like the recipe especially because the ganache uses strong, hot coffee which a) requires one to brew a quantity of strong, hot coffee, which means that there will be leftovers that must be drunk, and b) doesn't rely on espresso powder. I'm not a big fan of the stuff; I think it often adds a odd, bitter tang to baked goods.
I suppose I have just squared my nerdly status by admitting that I view a pot of strong, hot coffee as some kind of weird luxury item, and also by admitting that I have an opinion on freeze-dried espresso powder. FRAK!