Friday, May 25, 2012

The Cake Lady

My mother's birthday was this week, and as a lover of cake I wrote this whimsical piece for her and decided to share it all with you.

Glenda woke up on her birthday with a pleasant surprise on her nightstand: her husband had left her a small slice of raspberry cake with orange meringue topping. She gobbled up the pastry in a flash, almost missing the note he left on the plate.
“My dearest love, I hope you enjoyed your breakfast, just a hint of what’s to come later today for you. Make sure you’re home by five for your big surprise.”
Glenda, spurred forward by the sugar rush, bypassed her normal morning coffee, and as soon as she was ready, departed out into the town.
Her first stop was to the nail salon. If there were any day to pamper herself, today was it. The workers startled her as soon as she walked in with a happy birthday cheer. She smiled and thanked them, especially when she saw the piece of black forest cake they had waiting for her. This was quite unusual, but her lust for cake coupled with the scent of the dark chocolate reduced the treat to mere three small crumbs too small for even a mouse in a single minute.
After her nails, she went to visit her mother. Still living by herself and feisty as ever, Glenda’s mother wouldn’t let her leave until she had a piece of homemade carrot cake.
When she went to the library to return a book, the librarians were waiting for her with lemon cake topped with chocolate frosting. The same thing at City Hall, but this time marble with white frosting.
At department store, school, post office, and even the mechanic, she was greeted with a cheer and a slice of cake. By now her stomach was filling up and she looked down at her watch, it was four thirty. She still had to go to the pharmacy, but as much as she liked cake, she dreaded what inevitably waited for her there.
Her old friend from school was behind the counter, holding something behind her back. Glenda mentally repeated to herself her husband’s promise of a big surprise and that she needed to save room. She must to buckle down and no matter how—
Red velvet.
There it was, the one cake she could never resist. Glenda picked up her pace and sprinted the remaining feet to the cake. She tried to eat it slow, savoring each bite, but the rich flavor and creamy frosting implored her keep going.
But now she had done it. With her gut about to burst, she paid for her prescription and drove back home to her husband waiting for her in their kitchen. On the counter next to him was a bouquet of flowers in her favorite vase as well as a small chocolate cake. “Two of your favorites.” He said. “Surprise.”
Glenda stepped closer to the cake. She could barely think of eating, but she had to know. Her husband nodded and said, “Chocolate buttercream.”
She turned away, bracing herself on the kitchen table. “I’m so sorry.”
“What for?”
“As much as I want to. I can’t. I’m too full from…eating cake all day.”
He put his arm around her. “How much did you—”
“Everywhere I went there was cake. I couldn’t help myself. It all looked so good. It must have been, I don’t know, fifteen to twenty pieces.”
Her husband backed away from her and started laughing. “How many errands did you run today?”
“Fifteen to twenty. What’s so funny?”
“I didn’t think you’d be that busy on your birthday. I thought you might stop at a couple places. The pharmacy for sure, that’s why they got the red velet—”
“It was you?” She asked, turning back to her husband. “You gave them all of that cake?”
“All except your mother, yes.”
“How many cakes were out there for me today?”
“Thirty five.” He said with a smug grin. “And don’t worry about this one. I baked it fresh about an hour ago: It’ll keep a for a while.”
“I think I could have at least one little slice.”


Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM  

Loved it! I saw the humor tag but was suspicious from the very first paragraph that it was going to turn into a dark comedy of horrors. So glad it didn't!

Laurita May 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM  

Such a fun story! Happy birthday to Mom. :)

CharlotteC May 25, 2012 at 3:57 PM  

A nice example of humorous writing, I hope your mum enjoyed it

Sulci Collective May 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM  

as I like neither cream, nor marzipan, nor pastry, nor sponge, this represents my nightmare scenario. But cos you wrote it with such charm & elan (not eclair) I overcame my phobia & found the story quite toothsome

marc nash

Danielle La Paglia May 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM  

That is so sweet! (no pun intended) I bet your mother loved the story. That was absolutely adorable.

Tim VanSant Writes May 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM  

I agree with Danielle on the sweetness [although I totally would have intended the pun]. And now I'm hungry.

John Wiswell May 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

I am similarly weak. We have a little ice cream downstairs, and even looking at your photo there makes me want to go dig it up. Hope your mom enjoyed her story, Michael!

Jen Brubacher May 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM  

Ahh ha ha. What a sweetie, and what a fun story.

Helen May 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

That was a cute story!


****************To your Mum****************

Icy Sedgwick May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

Aww this was totally adorable! Loved it. :)

Deanna Schrayer May 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM  

Aw, this is so sweet Michael. That poor woman! I hope the prescription she picked up was for a bellyache. :)

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