Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Icing On The Cake Unwrapped

The dessert of choice this week has been cake, especially birthday cake. Yellow, chocolate ganache, fudge, carrot, red velvet and cassata have come out of our ovens filling the room with sumptuous aromas.

After we finished our baking, Phyllis and I brewed some fresh coffee and enjoyed a leisurely chat. We began reminiscing about birthdays past. I recalled my daughter's first birthday party years ago for which I purchased a "Cookie Monster" cake topped with blazing blue icing. The children's teeth, hands and faces remained blue for hours afterward...big mistake! Phyllis raised a point about the familiar idiom "the icing on the cake" meaning when something great happens another great thing happens on top of it. "That doesn't ring true for everyone, she said. I was always the most popular person at birthday parties. Everyone wanted to sit next to me because I would scrape off all the icing and pass it to my seat neighbor in order to get to the luscious cake underneath."

I began to think that many people can be categorized by their preference for cake vs. icing. Is a "cake person" more focused on the hidden subtleties of good things and the "icing person" more visually focused appreciating what goodness is right out there in the open? Is a cake person more patient, laid back and willing to wait for a good thing. Is an icing person more likely to know a good thing when he or she sees it right off the bat? Let us know what you think....Cake Vs. Icing, which one are you?

Yellow Cake

Chocolate Ganache Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Carrot Cake