Musing of a home baker - Have you ever been to a party or an event where one central cake is the center of attraction? The cake that puts all the other cakes to shame. Looks amazing, elegantly decorated and placed on a pedestal. And when the host or the guest of honor cuts the cake, you start to salivate thinking about the cake in your mouth. And when it finally does go into your mouth, you can’t help but feel disappointed. Where’s the moistness? Where’s the delicately balanced flavors? Where’s that decadent feeling? And you can’t but feel cheated. The cake that looked so beautiful and pretty is pretty empty on the inside. A shame really.
Brown Sugar - Shallow Cakes

Have you ever been to a party or an event where one central cake is the center of attraction? The cake that puts all the other cakes to shame. Looks amazing, elegantly decorated and placed on a pedestal. And when the host or the guest of honor cuts the cake, you start to salivate thinking about the cake in your mouth. And when it finally does go into your mouth, you can’t help but feel disappointed.

Where’s the moistness? Where’s the delicately balanced flavors? Where’s that decadent feeling?

And you can’t but feel cheated. The cake that looked so beautiful and pretty is pretty empty on the inside. A shame really.

How do you find that balance? What makes that balance? Should the baker concentrate more on the cake or more on the decoration? Isn’t that what society is these days?

We give more merits to what’s on the outside rather than what’s on the inside. No one cares if you have a nice personality. Everyone cares about how you look, what you’re wearing etc. And the same applies to the baking world. Everyone wants a pretty cake. To be Instagrammed with hashtags.

How often do you see an Instagram of what a cake looks like on the inside? Unless it’s a hidden layer cake. It’s sad really. There really are good cakes made by incredible bakers out there who are losing out to bakers who are more decorators. Perhaps the latter are the smart ones. They made themselves evolve to stay ahead of the game.

So the question is, which matters most? The inside of the cake? Or the outside of the cake? And which should the client be charged more for?

 


Author: Brown Sugar

A kindred baking soul looking for the meaning of life in mountains of cookies and cakes and pools of chocolate ganache. Brown Sugar's favourite saying? "A cake a day keeps the doctor away".
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  • January 3, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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    To be honest, cake were initially make to eat, and later on develop to decorate a bit to suit the theme of the party, make it look more decadent. For me, a cake who focus more on decoration but losing it’s inside, is just a decoration, it’s not even a cake! hahaha

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