1 week ago
I make cakes to make people smile. I bake them using different flavours, and decorate with something fresh, bright and fabulous from the garden.
I am quite intrigued by people’s responses to cake, and would like to share my thoughts.
Cakes make people feel good, happy, excited, comforted, nurtured, healed, and loved. Why?
Because they take a bit of effort, they usually look pretty, they sweeten our mouths, soften our thoughts, they light up the eyes of those who feel they need a daily sugar fix, but most of all, the sweet taste in Ayurveda is associated with love. It might be nice to receive a shop bought gift, but what effort did it take? Often these types of gifts are bought last minute, when we ran out of time but nonetheless had to get a little something for someone.
The best gifts in my mind are foods that are home made, where one took time out to create something with a particular person or people in mind, adding a little twist such as their favourite flowers, or colour, or flavour, or all three.
This gluten free lemon flavoured sandwich cake filled with lemon curd and decorated with a dusting of icing sugar and shocking pink wild roses from my garden (technically it’s my neighbour’s tree, but it has strayed into my garden since it has had a growth spurt, so it’s kind of mine too), was made for my dear father in law who is partial to a sliver or two of cake, but who is coeliac. Gluten free flour tends to produce cakes that are a tad crumbly and delicate, but I managed to sandwich the two parts together without too much damage.
The other thing about cake is that it would be rude, and a little vulgar to wolf down the whole lot in one sitting, so there was plenty left for him to take home.
So the benefit of my home baked gift will last beyond the meal and into another day.
Love lingers long....