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June 25, 2021

For as long as I can remember I have made birthday cakes for everyone in my family. It is only now in my elder years that I have stopped.

My mother taught me how to make a cake when I was very young, perhaps 4 or 5. I watched intensely as she iced and decorated the cake, I mimicked those moves so well that in a short time I was baking, icing and decorating my own cakes at every opportunity, which mainly consisted of birthdays. I even remember doing a cake for my Cub Scout friends that featured our “pack” badge.

You may think it odd that a man would enjoy cake making so much but I have always enjoyed making something special with my hands for someone’s birthday, graduation, marriage, etc. Among my creations were cakes for my parents’ birthdays, cakes for my son’s birthdays and cakes for my wife’s birthdays. In addition, I would also do the occasional graduation cake, anniversary cake and others as well. I especially liked to decorate the cakes with themes that fit the recipient. I never was a true artist but I enjoyed decorating just the same. Here is an example:

My wife and I were recently looking through photos of all of these cakes and we found one of a cake for my birthday. My wife asserted she had made it until I reminded her that the master himself did indeed make that cake as well. It’s still up for debate as neither of us has relented.

I even made a cake of sorts for our dog Smokey.

Now? No, I don’t seem to make many cakes these days. My parents are gone, my son is nowhere to be found and it’s pretty much just me and my wife. I did make a cake for her birthday when she turned 62. Here it is:

Nowadays, I am tempted to just amble off to the local supermarket and have them make the cake. I do supply the decorating ideas though and I really can’t say they do much of a better job than I did throughout all those years.

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  1. I got a kick out of your cakes. I don’t find it strange at all. In fact I am so grateful that my husband enjoys cooking and he is a great cook. Cooking is an art form of its own. It is also a nice way to show someone you love them. I make jewelry with semi-precious and precious stones for gifts for my daughter. It makes you feel like you are giving something that really matters. Thanks for sharing Allen. xoxoxo Joni

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  2. I don’t think it’s odd that you like to bake cakes. I’ve done a few, including one that my kids still laugh about. 🙂

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  3. I’ve always been of the opinion that hand-made and home-made things are of greater sentimental value than store-bought items. I think its great that you’d go all out and bake for graduations and birthdays in your family.

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