Soooo, MAUVE. What an awesome color, right? Let’s talk about the many reasons mauve is so wonderful.
1. What color would your great-aunt Ida choose for her bath mat if mauve hadn’t been invented? She’d probably be steppin’ out onto a bright yellow mat that would give her indigestion. It wouldn’t even match the soap.
2. Without mauve, how would we describe the color of old, well-chewed bubble gum?
3. There was even a book written about mauve, believe it or not, and how it paved the way for synthetic dyes. We’d all still be dying our clothes with berries if it weren’t for mauve!
4. It was apparently “all the rage” in 1858, according to said book. They called its eruption of popularity the “mauve measles.” COME ON, YOU KNOW YOU WANT THE MAUVE MEASLES. And we all aspire to Victorian fashion, right?
5. We need a color we can use for the plasticky wrappers of feminine products that we don’t have to then use elsewhere and be reminded of feminine products. VOILÀ: MAUVE.
6. Nail salons need dozens of colors to fill up their shelves. Most of those need to be good colors, obviously, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a few bottles that would always stay full? (Oh, and a few that they could use on your great-aunt Ida, should she ever come in for a manicure.)
7. You can pronounce it moh-ve or mah-ve. Isn’t that fun? Isn’t it??
OKAY LISTEN, I KNOW MAUVE IS NOT EXACTLY THE MOST APPETIZING COLOR. I don’t know why this stupid glaze decided to turn mauve. I’ve tweaked the recipe below a bit (adding whole raspberries and making it in a food processor) in hopes that yours won’t turn mauve. You can even add some red food coloring if you’re really particular.
BUT I HAD TO POST THIS CAKE BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE EVER EATEN. We can’t be fussy about colors at a time like this, y’all. It’s HOT RASPBERRY CAKE. And that glaze, while decidedly mauve, is also delicious. You have to make this super easy cake right this second and eat it with vanilla bean ice cream (on the balcony, straight from the skillet; you know the deal.)
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Two years ago: Shredded Wheat (or Weetabix) Breakfast Scramble
Three years ago: Soft Sugar Cookies and Cookie Decorating with Freedom School
Four years ago: Spicy Peach and Cucumber Salsa