We are all interested in,and fascinated by,other people’s passions and interests.
I have many,most of which involve a deep desire for aesthetics. One such passion that began when I was a teenager,is baking cakes. During my sixth form days,I would often create them for friends’ birthdays,and take them into school as a surprise. I have always revelled in the ritual of sharing food and eating together, and so I took pleasure in the sweet mood that the presense of the cake created in the common room. Strangely, this key Ayurvedic concept of ‘like increases like’ must have always been in my subconscious. The sweet taste, madhura, also signifies love and affection.
And how I love giving my time to the artistry involved in creating cakes and gifting them to others. There are various decisions one must make about what size and shape, which flavours and fillings to use,and of course there is the best stage, the grand finale... the decorating.
This is the stage that excites me the most, and where I strive for beauty and elegance.
So,as this weekend marked a significant birthday for a very special person @patriciaewilliams5
, who hosted a celebratory lunch for family and close friends, I couldn’t resist the challenge of creating a cake that would befit this beautiful lady. Of course, it had to be a surprise, because she deserves it,and it had to look as elegant and feminine as her.
I decided on a four layer lemon flavoured sponge, with pale pink, lemon infused Swiss Meringue buttercream (there is an art to making this type of icing, I discovered, and although this first attempt wasn’t bad, I’m going to work on perfecting it). I bedecked the cake with three Avalanche Pink roses to match the table centrepieces,along with smaller pale pink and white spray roses,wild plum astrantias, pale pink waxflowers,and some foliage.
I am happy to know that the cake was appreciated both visually and for its taste (I didn’t actually get round to eating it). As for the birthday lunch, it was a triumph. Family and friends mingled in a beautiful setting, and much laughter, love, happiness (and cake), was shared.