It has officially been a year since I have started Thousand Caminos. I cannot believe how fast a year goes by. I remember when I first started, I had no idea what direction I wanted the blog to take. In fact, I first started out as a lifestyle blog, and I wanted my focus to be on fashion and makeup, with some travel thrown in. Well, I soon realized that being a lifestyle blogger is hard (and expensive).
It is hard because of the amount of time and dedication involved in setting up your poses, posts, and managing your Instagram. And in all honesty, it is expensive. This is something most lifestyle bloggers won’t tell you. But in all reality, while I do have a passion for all things lifestyle, when I began to engage in it for the purpose of posting to social media, it became a drag more than anything. However, if I am being honest, maybe I am denying the fact that I just wasn’t cut out for it 😉 LOL
What did spark my enthusiasm, however, was baking. That is something that has always made me inherently happy. It became apparent to me that baking and food styling were hobbies that I wanted to pursue with dedication. No matter how time-consuming it was to write up the posts and edit the photos, pursuing this aspect of my blog never seemed like a chore.
In due time, Thousand Caminos transformed into a food and travel blog. Two things that make my heart warm and happy. And while I haven’t been posting too much with regards to travel, I think I did a pretty good job. You can check out all my travel posts right here 🙂
When I first started blogging, I had a bunch of hopes and aspirations, I thought within a year I would have thousands of followers on Instagram, and a good amount of people reading my blog. In reality, this is far from the truth. The only people who read my blog with due diligence is my mom LOL. And every day I lose a few more followers on Instagram (I barely have 300!).
And you know what? That is fine by me. When I first started, being so involved in gaining and maintaining my following drove me crazy. It made me anxious, upset and more than anything, it made me unhappy. This is the reality most people won’t admit, but in truth, the pursuit of social media infamy is a primarily unhappy endeavor. With this in mind, I realized that I needed to prioritize why I was doing what I was doing.
Why did I start Thousand Caminos? I started my blog because I wanted an outlet for my creativity, and I wanted to start something for myself. This came at a time when I was going through a lot – primarily a mixture of post-grad existentialism and the realization that I was completely and utterly alone (i.e. no new friends, yay for a Drake reference). It was a time where my life was changing into something new – a new phase. Everyone else was happy go lucky and realizing all of their dreams, and then there was me.
When I started my blog, my goal was to actually follow through with this for exactly a year. I have a habit of starting things and not finishing them or starting things and investing too much money into it and then never really being successful. I did not really have a goal for my blog in terms of numbers. Ideally, I wanted to post once a week (which I did, and sometimes I even did twice a week), and obviously in the back of my mind, I would have loved to have a massive following. But in actuality, I achieved things I never thought I would like:
So even though I did not gain Instagram fame, and I think only 6 people collectively have read and made my recipes, I think I have achieved so much more!
At this point, I have decided to take a brief hiatus from posting on Thousand Caminos and I am taking a much-needed break. This includes posting and browsing on Instagram. I am not sure how long I am going to be gone for, but I know it won’t be permanent.
During my break, I just want to reflect on living in the present moment. I am also hoping that during the break I can think of new ways to enhance my blog. I know that I want to continue to focus my efforts on food, but I would like to incorporate some things with regards to lifestyle as well.
I also want to give my website a bit of a makeover. During the break, I hope to reorganize my recipes so that you are able to browse them according to category. Finally, I also want complete my travel section! I started my Andalusia Diaries Travel Guide, but I still have two more cities left, and I want to do a guide on my travels to Dubai! On that same note, I also want to organize my travel section so that you can easily see the places I have traveled to. With that being said, I am just going to be open to the changes that come, and go with the flow with regards to my blog!
And now without further ado, let’s get into the reason why you clicked on this post in the first place. My recipe for a really tasty and easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream! It is without a doubt one of my favourite cakes, primarily because the buttercream is so delicious (I use melted chocolate, YUM!).
4 layers of chocolate-y goodness.
This chocolate buttercream is made with real chocolate rather than cocoa powder (not that cocoa powder isn't real chocolate!).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch x 3-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Cut both cakes in half (horizontally) to make 2 layers. In total, you will have 4. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer and do the same. Repeat all steps till the cake is completed frosted between the layers. You will then use an offset spatula and apply frosting along the sides for a crumb coat (thin layer). Place cake in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and apply a final layer of frosting. Decorate as desired.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. On low speed, add the chocolate to the butter mixture and whip for 5 - 7 minutes until it is nice and fluffy!
I use 6-inch cake pans that are about 3 to 4 inches deep, hence why the cooking time can be anywhere from 30 - 40 minutes! If you cake pans are less deep you will adjust the time accordingly (anywhere from 20 - 30 minutes).