Good Food Blog
Let them eat cakePosted at 12:02PM, 06 February 2009 by Lulu Grimes - Deputy editor, olive magazine
I love baking, and I particularly love making cakes. I'd make 'em all the time if there wasn't a lack of people in the immediate vicinity of my kitchen to eat the end results (the olive office excepted). Cake, when I make it at home, will never be wasted, but only the two-year-old will eat slice after slice without any frisson of guilt or regret. (I know I shouldn't feel guilty about eating, but a slab of well-frosted carrot cake is not exactly light in calories, and I don't believe in low-calorie pale imitations of the real thing.)
Are there still people over the age of 15 who happily eat cake every day?
I'm thinking about cake at night as well. My bedtime reading at the moment, Jane Brocket's Cherry cake and ginger beer, is a collection of recipes based on food in children's books. Well-written descriptions of food can reignite an appetite if you are remotely peckish, especially at 11pm. Just William, The Famous Five, Anne of Green Gables and Milly Molly Mandy all ate cake for tea. Lashings of it. The adults ate their fair share too. I wonder, are there many people out there who always have a cake in the tin should the need for a cup of tea with a little something arise? Are there still people over the age of 15 who happily eat cake every day?
There is no lack of cake out there, so someone must be eating it. Tearooms and bakeries are hip, stalls piled with chocolate brownies and cupcakes dot farmers markets and there are plenty of recipes to tempt. Take the baking supplement on this month's olive or the over 200 recipes on this website.
So who is out there baking? And who is eating the fruits of your labour? Do you always have a cake on the go or do you only knock one out for a birthday or celebration? And what is your favourite recipe ever? I mean to make more cakes from now on and stuff the consequences. Anyway, that's why the elastic waistband was invented.