Friday, October 23, 2020

Cake, Cake, and Icing on the Cake

🎂 Wee-member WAY back to the month February? (I know, it feels like 1,000,000 years ago.)  I shared an event that TAKES THE CAKE for making a BIG cake. And now, a World Record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To wee-fresh your memory, here's a recap of the story: the Canton (equivalent to a state) where we live here in Switzerland is called Zug. It is an area known for growing cherries.

Local crop...yum!

 

 

 

And located in Zug is a bakery called Speck which is known for their Kirschtorte (cherry cake). 

At the end of January 2020 they celebrate their 125th anniversary by making the largest cherry cake from the crust up in the middle of a shopping mall. (Remember life before COVID?

Our family witnessed this amazing feat and took these pictures to share:


Pouring cherry liqueur from a watering can.

 

 

 

I am happy to report that Speck officially won the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest cherry cake! The final product weighed in at a whopping 241 kilograms

  • 18kg of butter
  • 23 kg of flour
  • over 900 eggs
  • almost 100 liters of cherry liqueur (Kirsch)

🎂  Now for a bit of Birthday Cake cheer. Earlier this week, Joe baked me a lovely chocolate cake and then he and Maureen sang to me to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately Colleen couldn't join us (distance and Covid) but Smidgey did her best to make up for Colleen's absence. Enjoy Smidgey's serenade here: 

 

🎂 And finally, the Icing on the Cake this week is that my post, "Connecting to Readers Through Poetry" was published on the TeachWrite website! I am immensely proud of this post and would be honored if you clicked through to read it. There are some great ideas on how to unpack some basic poetic elements and infuse them intentionally in your writing.

Click here to read.

 


















For today's poem, it all comes down to the crumbs. Instead of reading tea leaves, we look at crumbs and remember what young people used to do Pre-Covid:
 
chocolate cake crumbs 
scattered across the table 
ants at a nightclub
clustered and crusty
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
 
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41 comments:

Carol Varsalona said...

Bridget, Smidgey is quite the crooner. Happy Birthday to you. I like the way your tied everything together today from the delicious world's largest cake to the delicious after-eating-cake poem. Congratulations also on your post for Teach Write. I like that group and also have a post, "Loving the Writerly Life" up on their website. I enjoyed reading your Teach Write post. One piece of great advice you shared is "Create a safe space to take risks". Here's to eating chocolate cake and Swiss cheese!

Liz Steinglass said...

What a BIG post! Did you ever read that picture book about the big jelly sandwich used to trap the giant wasps?! This cake reminds me of that. Yay to Smidgey! I look forward to reading your TeachWrite post.

jama said...

OMG -- giant cherry cake, chocolate cake with Smidgey singing, plus "ants at a nightclub"? This post takes the cake in more ways than one. Kudos to you on your wonderful "Connecting to Readers Through Poetry" post too! Lots to celebrate this week. Sounds like you had a weeeeeeeally happy birthday. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Carol! I'm excited to search out your "Loving the Writerly Life" post on Teach Write. I am honored to be in your company. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Liz! I love "The Giant Jam Sandwich" book. Smidgey can sure hold a note...and destroy it. :)

Bridget Magee said...

I weeeeealy did, Jama! Thanks for sharing my celebratory cakes. :)

Linda B said...

I do remember that amazing cake, so hard to believe they could bake it! This post is so full, Bridget. I love seeing your birthday song & Smidgey really "took the cake" in it, didn't he? Happy Birthday one more time & congrats for your post accolade, too. I guess the poem is fun, but really, it is sad, too. What losses we mourn!

Carol Varsalona said...

We meet in our writing corners, Bridget.

Ruth said...

I clicked through and read your post - great stuff! Thanks for sharing it. Yes, I do remember pre-COVID life, and all the unsanitary and wonderful things we used to do. Sigh.

Alan j Wright said...

Who can resist a tempting cake Bridget? Cherries just make it all the more appealing. I grew up in a cherry growing region, so I am most aware of their allure. Your poem at the end is a fitting finale.

Linda Kulp Trout said...

Happy birthday, Bridget! Love your cake poem, especially "ants at nightclub" so clever!

laurasalas said...

Happy birthday, Bridget! And reading cake crumbs is much tastier than reading tea leaves. Clever!

Linda Mitchell said...

Ants at a nightclub. Ha! Happy Birthday to YOU! What a great cake story.

Janice Scully said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your post on your website for teaching poetry. It's worth saving for those who want to know more. Thanks, Bridget!

Tabatha said...

When I hear about giant food like that, I'm never sure if I would want to eat them...are they tasty?
Happy birthday!!! Lucy LOVES to get crazy during the birthday song. So much fun to have dogs join in.

Jeanette Rebello said...

Bridget, that is such a precious birthday song video. Thank you for sharing it with us. I almost felt like I was there with you, and Smidgey! Love you all - Jeanette

Jone said...

Ants at a nightclub, love.

Mary Lee said...

Congrats to Zug and Speck, and Happy birthday to YOU! Great job, Smidgey!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! Yes, I agree, so much has changed in our lives and society since Covid. There is the element of sadness with it all, even cake crumbs. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Ruth! I appreciate the read. Amazing to think of how not so long ago we could do unsanitary things be fine. Sigh, indeed. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Alan! I used to hate cherries (US grocery store variety) then we moved here and I tasted the local crop. Yowza! It was like a different fruit! I eagerly await cherry season every year. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! The "ant" came about during a post-cake eating vision...sugar is a powerful drug. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Laura! I'll take cake crumbs over tea leaves any day, not just on birthdays. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! I had a delightful day. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Janice, and thanks for clicking through to Teach Write. It's a great organization. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tabatha! We actually declined our piece of cake when they passed them out at the mall after the cake assembly hoopla. Both Joe and Maureen have had Speck's signature Kirschtorte and liked it. I'm not a cherry liqueur fan. I just like the actually cherry fruit, pit and all. And yay for Lucy's taste in songs. I think we may hurt Smidgey's ears with our singing... :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jeanette! We wish you had been there with us. Smidgey loves visitors! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jone! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Mary Lee! Smidgey is quite proud of her (singing/screaming) voice. ;)

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

Happy Birthday, Bridget! What a wonderful resource you've shared, and a delicious poem as well.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Happy birthday, Bridget! What a sweet serenade and celebration. Hope this year sets a record for wonderfullest. I just read your article—it's terrific!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Kimberly! A blog post about cake is the most calorie-free way to enjoy this dessert. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Michelle! So far, the days following my birthday have been pretty spectacular. I'm glad you found the article helpful/enjoyable. :)

Unknown said...

Unrelated to your post, but I thought of you. Student shared this joke today -- what's the best thing about Switzerland?

I don't know about best, but the flag's a big plus.

Bridget Magee said...

Your student's sense of humor is a PLUS! I love that joke! Thanks for sharing it with me. :)

michelle kogan said...

What a fun and rich blog post Bridget, your anty crumb poem takes the cake! And what a fantastic cake experience you shared. Loved you post on Teach Write, it's chock full of poetry goodness, especially your ending "truly free" golden shovel, thanks!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate your kind comment and for reading the Teach Write article. :)

Karen Edmisten said...

I think Smidgey was the icing on this cake for me! :) Too cute (and belated birthday wishes!) But I'm about to click through to Connecting to Readers, so apparently I'm in for double icing on the cake! :)

Loretta said...

Congratulations on the publication Bridget

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Loretta! Glad you enjoyed reading it. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Karen! Yes, Smidgey is proud of her (ahem) singing voice. Thanks for reading my article. :)

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