My Cake Philosophy
I read a book. And from the first chapter, I read a paragraph that got stuck in my head since then.
“Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t, she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial pat.
Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline, THAT IS A PERSON WHO HAS COMPLETELY OUT OF JOY.
A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake everyday of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is a someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress.
A CAKE IS A PARTY, A BIRTHDAY, A WEDDING. A CAKE IS WHAT’S SERVED ON THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.
This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.”
-Jeanne Ray (from the novel Eat Cake)
I believe that eyes eat first. That’s why I pay very close attention to detail when I create and design my cakes.
I believe that, for a cake to taste really good, it should be made with real butter, sugar, flour and a handful of love. When I bake, I make sure that I get the best ingredient I can get my hands into. I almost don’t settle for second best.
And most important of all. I believe that a cake, dessert or a treat should taste as good as how it looks.