Birthday Cake

He made his living decorating birthday cakes. He liked to include secret messages written in the frosting. He’d write something between the layers of the cake, or he’d put something under the top layer of frosting and then smooth frosting over it. He was good-hearted in his secret writing. He’d say things like “long life” or “love and happiness.”

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

One thought on “Birthday Cake”

  1. “Baking Cakes in Kigali” is an insightful, even delightful novel set in the capital of Rwanda after the bloodbath between two tribes. It involved entrepreneurial ventures, and yes, birthday cakes were among things baked to order. I imagine these would be similar to the birthday cakes I grew up with: the kind that took the greater part of a day to make. In those days, they were made with ingredients not mixes. The icing was made from real butter and vanilla or real chocolate squares shaved by the maker. Even some decorations were “homemade”. Candles and matches were the only artificial parts. As an oldie in today’s world when I want a birthday cake I find a bakery who makes angel food cakes from scratch and icing the same way. They require an order a couple of days before need (what does that say?) Of all things, a birthday cake to mark a new year of life should not be food made from processed products which are anything but life-giving.

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