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wolfy + cake = happy wolfy
My first student came 20 minutes early today. I was making gingerbread when she turned up, and had to finish it before I could see her. (Otherwise, the cake mix would sit in the pan and lose air, and be all sulky by the time I got round to baking it.)

She asked, "Is there a special occasion?". I replied "I like cake?!". And then went on to explain about my food issues making it impossible for me to buy cake, so I need to make my own. But that was something of a logical disconnect between h-l and the rest of society. Apparently, normal people only make cakes on special occasions. This boggles my mind. Cake is good! Homemade cake is even reasonably healthy. Even if my cakes weren't ultra-low fat, they'd still be lower in fat than a chocolate bar or packet of crisps, while providing a good mix of complex and simple carbohydrates.


Current Mood: confused confused

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rjw1 From: rjw1 Date: 2nd March 2006 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
nah the rest of society is wrong. cakes are good. and should be made whenever possible. pies too.

althogh the flour all over the kitchen is less fun
hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 2nd March 2006 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
The only excuse I've ever had for makeing cake is. "I can afford butter this week" (Which is an important component of my favorite cake)
redbird From: redbird Date: 2nd March 2006 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
Cake is good. Really fresh cake (or cakelings, which are what I mostly bake) with no preservatives, and whatever variation on flavor I happen to want today, are even better.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 2nd March 2006 16:51 (UTC) (Link)
I like cake, particularly not too sweet but with interesting texture.
Some people only like very sweet cake, which must be bad for you.
mjl From: mjl Date: 2nd March 2006 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much never make anything, 'cause I'm crap. But in the office people are generally fans of cake, either made or bought. They do tend to be attached, in theory, to special occasions, but those occasions include people returning from holiday, anniversaries of employment, various stages of house purchasing/moving, new staff joining, staff leaving, as well as the obvious birthdays, christmas, etc. So we have special occasions pretty often.

I'm not sure if I'm confirming that other people think cake is good enough to eat regularly or that people attach cakes to special occasions - probably both.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 2nd March 2006 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
I love cake, and especially the (really bad for you, health-wise) sort commonly referred to here as, "Birthday cake," which people very strictly only ever have on birthdays (and most women scrape all the frilly excess icing off to give away to children and men -- a tradition that would bother the hell out of me except that it always winds up with me getting more icing and the women I'm involved with who I'd feel most comfortable discussing it with do it just because they find it too sweet or don't like the flavour). I make a point of buying myself one once in a while just for the hell of it. I don't know if that's supposed to be subversive or not, or just my usual sort of, "Why the hell not?" thing.
judiff From: judiff Date: 2nd March 2006 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
"Is there a special occasion?" it's thursday. Thursday-days definatly need cake
From: wuluf Date: 2nd March 2006 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
Have you come across this company? http://www.stilettofoods.com/ I have just eaten my way through their vegan Duch apple cake. It was a bit dry but tasted good. Though not sure if all or any of there products would be sutiable for you.
barakta From: barakta Date: 2nd March 2006 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
I guess most people don't have 'dessert' style food as a matter of course, certainly my sister would rather drink several glasses of wine.

I think many people associate 'nice and not savoury' as 'bad for you' either that or they're low-level atkins types who dispise carbs as a matter of course.

ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 2nd March 2006 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I have an obese friend (caused by overeating) who swears the root of her problem is that her family never, ever Just Had Cake. They always had cake for a special occasion or a trauma, to celebrate or to cheer them up - there was always an emotional link. Add that to adolescence and whooo.

I have cake rather a lot, because I like cake. I'm convinced it's a healthier attitude, though others tell me that cake tastes better if you feel slightly guilty while eating it.
sashajwolf From: sashajwolf Date: 3rd March 2006 13:43 (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right that it's healthier. I have a book on preventing childhood eating disorders which very much takes that approach, and it seems to be working reasonably well with our kids.
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 3rd March 2006 15:18 (UTC) (Link)
Entirely accidentally, it was the attitude my mother took, and none of us 5 girls has ever had an eating disorder as far as I know, though we've all had other exciting emotional problems.
resmc From: resmc Date: 2nd March 2006 23:29 (UTC) (Link)

RE: Cake and Society's Belief On Its Intended/Supposed Use....

Hermm...('herm' meaning something similar to "hmm..", not a nickname for someone named "Herman")

Cake is good, and it's great that you can make it healthily (just pretend 'healthily' is an actual word). I agree entirely, who needs a special occasion just to enjoy a good cake? Or pie! (Pie is *heaven*!)
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