Have Your National Cake Day… and Eat It Too (11/26)

cake 3Cake is quite a thing. Its place in our celebratory traditions is well established. We eat cake because of birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and because company’s coming over. References to cake are entrenched in our history and culture in phrases like,

“Let them eat cake.” as said by Mary Antoinette to her loathsome people, as well as,

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” which was said by someone or other once, even though it makes no sense.

It’s so weird that cake should be such a big deal, because it’s just flour, sugar, butter and eggs, basically. So… right? Ok, yeah, I know the answer! It tastes really great, and plus the icing, right? But, it’s still weird.

These days, cakes have become a fanatical and outrageously lucrative business and a hugely successful community of entrepreneurs. The cake even stars in its own cable TV show! With some molding of the bread part, and a bit more adding of a ton of icing, you can basically make a cake into anything these days. You’ve seen them!

Cakes can look like animals, cars, buildings, people, landscapes, planets, they can even look like boobies! I’ve actually seen cakes that were designed to look like a bunch of cakes!

So, how did it happen? How did cakes become what they are? Well, the story is evolutionary, like everything else, of course. The cake went from ancient Egypt and Greece, to Europe, and of course, it had to end up in the good old U.S. of the Americas, where, like most things, it got completely blown out of proportion.

Now, of course, writing this blog, I’m having fun like usual, but in all sincerity, cake is a pretty significant and understandable tradition. After all, bread has been a point of celebration for as long as religion is recorded, both Hebrew and Christian, which means that it must date back further. The saying, breaking bread together is monopolized by the Christian faith since Jesus did it with his fellas, but he did it because it was already a thing. And of course, cake has long been a simple symbol of respect and admiration for the company we are keeping. Not to mention, just like Pizza, cake is made from just a few simple and primary ingredients. It’s extremely easy and cheap to make so that if you need to feed many for less, it is ideal.

Of course, American’s have fixed that point, considering that the average wedding cake costs nearly $600. Still, you can feed like, 50-kids on one birthday cake for about $30, so cake is pretty much awesome as a dessert in most parents’ books. Yeah, it’s a little more pricey when you add ice cream to the cake, like I had to do because I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t. Also, it’s a little more fancy when you die chocolate cake red in order to call it, “Red Velvet Cake,” like we do here in the South, but all in all, cake is a great day, because it’s celebrating a celebratory food. Kind of like if champaign had a day.

Yay Cake!

See you Tuesday for National Bavarian Cream Pie Day.

About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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