Trying Out | There’s all the time room for cake

Jim Whitehouse

“Mmmm! Good cake,” says Dan.

We’re sitting on the desk after dinner at our mutual pal Mango’s home. Mango is an effective prepare dinner, and the cake, just like the meal, is de facto good.

“So what’s higher? Marriage ceremony cake or birthday cake?” asks Mango. “Philosophically talking, in fact.”

“I’d ask my grandmother had been she nonetheless alive,” says Dan. “She was a cake knowledgeable.”

“For those who’d give me one other slice of cake, I’ll reply the query,” I say.

Mango offers out 3 extra slices of cake like aces off the highest of the deck.

“Marriage ceremony cake is healthier, as a result of marriage ceremony desserts are nearly all the time larger than birthday desserts. Extra cake. Extra higher,” I say. “Then again, my daughter, Jill, makes wonderful desserts for birthdays. She by some means hollows out the center earlier than placing frosting on, after which places a handful of the birthday-person’s favourite sweet into the little cave. Then she frosts the cake. When the cake is reduce, all of the sweet comes spilling out as a shock,” I say.

“A lot of sugar,” says Mango.

“Sure, certainly,” I say. “Plenty of sugar. However a pleasant birthday shock.”

“My grandmother all the time made angel meals cake. You hardly see that anymore,” says Mango.

“You’re proper,” says Dan. “I’d forgotten all about angel meals cake. And pound cake — that’s one other one.”

“Texas sheet cake. The place did that disappear to?” I ask.

“Texas,” says Mango.

“From time to time I bump right into a slice of carrot cake or zucchini cake,” says Dan. “However not as usually as I used to.”

“It appears to me that cupcakes are extra frequent nowadays. There are even cupcake shops, and I’ve been to weddings the place the visitors all get cupcakes as a substitute of a slice of a giant fancy cake,” I say.

“Extra cake, you guys?” asks Mango.

“Please,” Dan and I say in unison. Our dialog has burned quite a lot of energy. One other slice of cake is important for sustenance.

“Once I was just a little child,” says Dan, “my mom and grandmother dragged my brother and me off to a marriage. We couldn’t wait till the ceremony was over — all that yak-yak-yak, candles, organ music and kissing. No sir — we had been interested by cake.”

“Babies and weddings usually are not an excellent match,” says Mango.

“As quickly as we went down within the church basement for the reception, we noticed this magnificent tower of a cake with a plastic bride and groom on the very tip-top,” Dan continues. “There have been crystallized sugar roses and every kind of different decorations.

“’Wow!’ mentioned my little brother. ‘Let’s get a chunk!’

“I believe we’ve to attend till the bride and groom reduce it earlier than we are able to eat any.

“’Properly, we are able to simply go seize a finger filled with frosting, can’t we?’ mentioned my little brother.’

“Earlier than we may act upon that glorious suggestion, my grandmother hissed at us and referred to as us to her facet,” says Dan.

“’Boys,’ she mentioned. ‘No matter you do, DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR that marriage ceremony cake!’

“’Why not, Grandma?’ we requested.

“’It’s tilting and starting to slip,’ she whispered. ‘If it falls, I don’t need our household to get blamed for ruining a marriage.’

“And positive sufficient — a couple of minutes later, the highest 4 tiers of that grand cake slid off onto the ground with a WHUMP!” says Dan. “It might have been a BANG, nevertheless it was cake.”

“Wow,” says Mango. “That was a disgrace. You by no means bought any cake, I suppose.”

“After all we did. The tablecloth on the cake desk went all the way in which to the ground. It made an excellent fort and the ground wasn’t all that soiled.”

Jim Whitehouse lives in Albion.

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