#5 Cake – an item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated.

“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion” – Elon Musk

Have you ever baked a cake? Well if you have you know that there’s first a recipe and it can get pretty technical depending on your experience and your choice of baked good…for me it was always baking cakes, it wasn’t too long ago that I decided to bake a different cake every month. I was about seventeen and I was influenced by too many baking/cooking shows, each of which over dramatize the experience of baking…talk about stressful. This was not my approach to baking, instead I took each recipe one at a time, preparing all the ingredients before taking the first steps of the process. One in particular I can remember quite vividly is a cake I made for my brother. It was a round cake made mostly from shaped rice crispy treats with a submarine spouting from the surface…the process started with the choice of a perfect recipe…check…a vanilla base with chocolate mousse filling…now to start, kitchen cleaned, ingredients in a line, spatulas and whisks ready to operate. Step one mix butter and sugar until creamed okay great, step two add eggs until smooth okay still going good, add flour slowly as it mixes with the other ingredients…slowly but surely the batter was created…now bake until golden brown or until solid in the middle.

Each of these steps to make a cake is essential, baking is technical, it can also be considered chemistry. Each of the ingredients added to the mix is essential to making it the best tasting and looking cake it can be…life is like baking a cake…

We are all bakers in this atmosphere we live in, we are all analyzing the best recipes to create the best results for ourselves. Every baker acts in their own interest to find the best ingredients that will most benefit our cakes. We all approach the way we bake differently as well some line up the ingredients, while others place them all in a pile. Is there a better way to make the cake? What would happen if we didn’t follow the recipe…(I’d bet we would still end up with cake it probably would just be less fluffy). In the end baking may be technical filled with instructions and ingredients, but we all do have the tools the spatulas and whisks to attempt to make the best cakes we as bakers can make. Some will be better than others, but overtime as we learn from the steps in the recipe from the experiences we have had we too will have a piece of the cake.

But don’t forget the best part of creating anything cake and all is to share…good or bad, big or small…

Always strive to make the cake you can be proud to eat…


-Kalyn Danielle

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