A Slice and a Slice

Day 30

After posting about getting my second covid shot Terje suggested I need a cake to celebrate. Never one to turn down a cake I took her up on her suggestion. I gave it some thought and it seems to me that in some aspects baking a cake is like writing. Let me explain.

The first thing I had to do was decide what kind of cake I wanted. Did I want a pineapple cake? a coffee cake? a pound cake?

When I write I need to decide on a topic.

I decided on a red velvet cake.

Next I had to decide if I wanted a layer cake, a tube cake, of pan cake’

When I write I need to think about who my audience is going to be.

I decided on a 9 x 13 pan cake.

Once I decided on the pan size I needed to prep it which means I had to grease and flour the pan. I also had to find my recipe.

When I write I need to decide what genre and format I want to use.

O course, I can’t bake a cake unless I have all of the ingredients. So, I pulled out everything I needed and measured out the amounts of each item called for in the recipe.

When I write, depending on what I am doing, I need to gather my notes, outline, our use some other graphic organizer to get my thoughts in line.

Next comes the mixing; putting the ingredients into the mixing bowl in just the right order.

When I write I try to put my thoughts down in a logical order otherwise what I am writing might not make sense.

When mixed thoroughly, I poured the batter into the prepared pan.

When I write I check to see if what I wrote follows the guidelines for whatever form I chose to use.

I place the cake into the oven and now I just sit and wait while it bakes. Watching a cake rise is as much fun as watching paint dry. I check for doneness at the appropriate time. It might need a bit longer in the oven.

When I write I walk away from whatever I wrote and come back to it later to see if I am still happy with it. This is also the time for revisions.

When the cake if fully baked I take it out of the oven and let it cool. Looks good enough to eat.

When I write I get to a point where I am finished and pleased with what I wrote.

Next comes the icing. For me a red velvet cake needs a cream cheese frosting. So, back to my book of recipes to find the one I need.

When I write, even though the piece looks good there might be something a little extra I can to make it better.

Now that the cake is baked and iced it is time to enjoy.

If I am writing a post for SOL I hit publish and send it out there.

So, my friends, thanks to Terje’s suggestions I have a slice to post and a slice to eat. Terje, I share this with you and anyone else out there who would like some.


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21 responses to “A Slice and a Slice

  1. dianeandlynne

    I think the metaphor is perfect! And that cake looks delicious.
    Walking away, letting the writing (and the cake) “bake” is one step many young writers skip.
    I think this recipe for writing is poster worthy.

  2. Terje

    What a delicious slice! Thank you! Will there be some left over cake tomorrow for celebrating the finish of SOLSC or will you bake a new one?

  3. jumpofffindwings

    Yum and great metaphor, too. I am contemplating a fruit buckle today—blueberries and raspberries prominently featured—but I won’t look at the process without thinking about this Slice! (I often think about bread-making and writing, the importance of giving time to rise.)

  4. Just too good for words. The cake loos so delicious.

  5. Yum! Now I want cake! That slice of red with the white on top just looks like such a beautiful contrast.

    And I love the whole metaphor.

    • For me, cream cheese frosting is what a red velvet cake needs. I know there oar other types people put on their cakes, but I stick with this one.

  6. This would be a great classroom lesson. I love the cake metaphor for writing and just love the idea of eating a slice of red velvet cake. Your organizational structure along with the photos are wonderful! This is an excellent “slice” and so wish I was in the neighborhood to visit and enjoy this delicious dessert with you!

    • Thanks, Lynne. I would gladly share some cake with you and Ralph. I admit the the metaphor just came to me out of the blue as I was writing this piece. Wasn’t sure I could make it work.

  7. I’m on my way for a slice, in spirit anyway. This was a wonderful slice culinarily and creatively. Well done.

  8. Lainie Levin

    Count me in. Save me a plate! I’ve also mused on the connection between baking and writing. There is satisfaction that comes from being able to produce something we know will give joy to others. Cake is DEFINITELY one of those things.

  9. What a wonderful post! I am always amazed at the creative way you find topics for slices and have insights about writing along the way! I’m glad to share a slice of cake with you. And red velvet is one of my favorites!

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