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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)

TITLE: Cake, Cake, Cake and more Cake
By Janice Samuelson


Cake, Cake, Cake and more Cake!

It’s coming… oh, I can’t wait… my body is so exhausted! I just want to let it all out, I know it’s less than 24 hours away, and the cakes to serve 100 are done they only need to be delivered to the church tomorrow for the big day. I just want to let it all out now, but I can’t, not until everything is out of my hands and I get home. Then I am going to let out one of the longest, most stress relieving PFEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWs I have ever released!

Because the cake will have all been eaten. Not to mention, no more worry about any ending up on the floor in a heap. I will no longer need to be concerned if what I wore was appropriate when I feel I’m dressing a watermelon rather than a person, and I will be able to let my mind and body rest.

You see tomorrow is Sunday, It’s Valentines Day, the first one since my marriage to my husband of eight months, and my step son is getting married.

I have never made cake for such a large crowd, or for something fancy like a wedding, I’m a bit nervous, though my step son’s tasting of the cake went great and his sweet bride to be loved it as well. I still have to get four log cakes into the building and up about two flights of stairs. I never would have thought that cake could cause so much stress before!

Ok, I admit it has taken a whole week just to make these four cakes two filled with a banana mousse and two with a chocolate mint mousse both with chocolate cake and a chocolate ginache on each with the chocolate mint filling having a chocolate mint ginache to compliment the mousse. They have been time consuming but not difficult. The big challenge for me is focus and memory to do them properly… I have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and my memory and focus are seriously impaired to the point I have not worked in over six years (since it was triggered). This is the first time I have taken on any kind of big project since. I am so thankful God answers prayer and is able to provide in the areas I am weak!

I have made a few mistakes but I do not think anyone else will notice, most of them I have been able to compensate for after I realized what I did. I do not think I will poison anyone… but food poison takes hours to days to show up… It would be nice to have my cakes remembered but not because I caused a bunch of people to get sick! I would find it a compliment if they were remembered for their taste. Yet at the same time, I want people to reflect back on the wedding of those they love because they are special people.

Yes, that is all I really want people to treasure, after all it would be best if they did not know I used about a gallon and a half of heavy cream to make these cakes! They might not touch them if they knew that tid-bit of information so I won’t tell. I will just smile and tell them they really do not want to know what they are made of! After all who would want to be informed that three hours after eating a piece of cake they were going to have a heart attack from all the cholesterol!

Oh, it’s a big one… PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh! Where’s my bed, point me that direction please ‘cause I’m falling. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ah, I slept good and long! Today I am just relaxing! No cooking, no baking, no weddings or parties to attend…. just watching a few movies and staying off my feet so my problem back can get better.

It was a good wedding; the cakes were loved by all, I did not even see any in the garbage and a few people came back for seconds and some to take it home with them! There was about a cake left over, it’s in the freezer ready for the bride and groom to pick up later.

Time for popcorn and a movie, anyone seen my slippers?

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Judy Wood02/18/10
I'm with you. I would saying Pheeeeewwwww, too, after all that work. I've done cakes before. When we lived in Africa I baked cakes. No one cared what they looked like, but it was great to do that for them. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/18/10
I loved your energy. I felt like I was running right along with you. Good job.
Mildred Sheldon02/19/10
I loved you phew moment. My daughter and I baked several kinds of bread for my sons wedding. Never again, but looking back it was fun although nerve racking. Keep writing.
Mark Bell02/22/10
great portrayal of the energy and the mental fragmentation that comes with that much work and stress. reminds of my work during tax season.
Jackie Wilson02/22/10
Oh, I envy those who can bake well. What a fun piece! Makes me want to go bake a cake, or maybe just go eat some cake! Thanks!
Amanda Brogan02/24/10
Mmmm, chocolate mouse cake sounds yummy! Although all that cholesterol would not be good. I had to laugh at the part where you were worried about poisoning people. The mental conflict was humorous. :) Glad you got to get some rest. Phew! ;)