Simple pleasure: Licking the bowl
Some people think the proof of a good bake is in the pudding, but I think they’re looking too far ahead. After whisking up a sweet mix of flour, sugar, vanilla and spread, you’re left with a used mixing bowl. However, a dirty bowl is not a dirty bowl when it’s covered in cake mix.
While the real treat is yet to emerge from the oven, the used mixing bowl becomes the most prized item in the kitchen, save for any mix-covered spoons and spatulas (these tend to yield lots of stubborn mix for your mouth to contend with). Nothing at all, not even the finished cake itself, can match the flavour of the sickly-sweet, creamy, moreish mixture that clings to the bowl.
In the case of egg-based cakes, the risk of salmonella isn’t enough to put some people off a sneaky swipe along the side of the bowl with their finger. Cake mix is just that delicious, special and mischievously tempting. What’s more, a thorough lick of the bowl eases the time you’ll spend washing up. And there’s cake to come!