Sure, cupcakes are great, but can we be done with that fad now? They’re top-heavy with frosting, threatening to topple at any moment, awkward and inelegant to bite into (frosting on your nose is so not sexy), improbably perfect and often overdecorated, and frankly, a bit selfish. Each person grabs their own and generally, one does not share.
Cakes on the other hand, are all about sharing. They are about coming together, they make an occasion out of an ordinary meal, and no celebration can ever be complete without a lovely cake in the place of honor on a sideboard or dining table. They are, in fact, a promise of happiness.
And while any cake is a good thing, a cake that was made specially for an event, with all natural ingredients, no artifical colors, flavors, preservatives or other multisyllabic mysteries is truly a lovely thing unto itself. It is our shared culture of memory, of family, of friendship, and of good times.
Cakes are my passion but to be fair, I love all baking. A day set aside for the sole purpose of music, open windows in the kitchen, and the time and space to creatively work in the service of the enjoyment and delight of others, is one of the finest pleasures life can offer.