And There Was Caek!

Ganesh and ganacheGanesh, elephant-headed God, dancing on a mouse
Alike? Not a lot.
One’s on a mouse.
One’s in a pot.

Ganesh is from India,
Ganache is from France.
Ganesh is a dancer,
Ganache makes me dance.

–Marian Allen

cake with chocolate icing, decorated with an icing pumpkinMy friend Sharon is taking a cake decorating class, and brought her project in as a birthday cake for me. She said the icing was NOT ganache, but I’m here to tell you, it WAS delicious! She put raspberry flavoring in the icing. Now, I’m not a real big raving fan of raspberry, having gotten much too much of it during the 70’s “it can’t be chocolate if it doesn’t taste like raspberries” craze, but Sharon did what a lot of people didn’t do: She used a deft touch. She added just enough raspberry flavor to touch the chocolate with it, so the flavor just blooms within the chocolate like roses at midnight instead of overpowering the chocolate like chloroform on a rag.

She claims her decoration looks like wooly worms, but I think it looks like what it’s supposed to be: a pumpkin. And, as I say, it was MOST delicious!

Thank you, Sharon!

WRITING PROMPT: Write about a character who has a strong opinion about a particular flavor or flavor combination.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “And There Was Caek!

  1. Karen Overturf

    September 23, 2010 at 4:36am

    Happy Birthday, Marian!

    I agree about the raspberries… Raspberries to me taste like roses, and so it must be a rose, not a club!

    Excellent description… blooming like a rose at midnight!

    Lovely! I wish I had been there to enjoy it with you!

    Hugs, Karen

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