Marie Antoinette’s famous words apparently, or not as it happens. She was misquoted I’ve heard. But still, it is an interesting story nevertheless.
But these words could be referring to a children’s birthday party, after all the birthday cake is the highlight of any party.
How many times have I seen wonderful creations of birthday cakes at parties, festooned with sweets, sugar glitter and icing decorations , sang over , dribbled over ( as the birthday child attempts sweetly to douse the flames with spittle, it isn’t easy to blow when you’re little!) and cut up into little portions to share out , only to be left intact on the plate with maybe just the sweeties or the icing nibbled. What a waste of lovely cake. I do find the latest fashion of cup cake towers or trays instead of a birthday cake a very practical alternative. Maybe have a smaller token cake to blow on , and then serve cupcakes? This saves on cutting time and having to throw away plates full of untouched slices of cake.
On the untouched food note, a good tip is to consider hosting a lunchtime party rather than the traditional tea party, where countless sandwiches are overlooked while hula hoops and sweets are scoffed. At lunchtime most children are hungry and will appreciate a simple lunch of pasta and tomato sauce, pizza, shepherds pie and peas, or even little hotdogs , fries and burgers. Trust me, very little will be wasted and it takes far less time to prepare.
Back to the cake front, if I come to your party, please DO NOT OFFER ME CAKE. I may not be able to decline it if you do.
I love cake but it is an occupational hazard for me.
Especially chocolate cake.