Tuesday, April 4, 2023

We Are All Cake


Blueberry Maple Glazed Strawberry Cake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake


Close your eyes, think of that word, and what do you see?

One word can evoke a myriad of images. 

What some of us picture may be similar to what others of us picture. Most often though, similar in some ways, but also different in others. Why?

Depending on our experiences, our memories, our culture, many of us, for instance in the same family, could actually picture pretty much the same thing.

But, even using just one word as a reference point, it is actually probable that what pops into our minds will be much more dissimilar to the majority of the population, at least in some aspects, than the same. Because even within our own subculture, where we share perspective and experiences, we still have our own taste.

It's the same as if we were to use the word "person." Based on our reference points, we may picture someone short or tall, white, brown, black or mulatto, heavy or thin, someone we know, someone generic . . . the possibilities are endless.

As they should be.

Blueberry Maple Glazed Strawberry Cake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

Blueberry Maple Glazed Strawberry Cake

Because we are all different, unique, and interesting people. 

But we're the same too.

A healthy life balance is achieved when we celebrate our individuality while acknowledging our core similarities.

Sheet, layer, bundt, poke or dome.

Fruit, nuts, mint, caramel, spiced or chocolate.

Unembellished, glazed, dusted, drizzled, or frosted.

We, in this country, on this planet, may not all be the same flavor or texture or size or color. 

But, to continue the analogy, we are all cake.

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Blueberry Maple Glazed Strawberry Cake         

Printable Recipe

3/4 cup of my Blueberry Maple Syrup, recipe HERE
1 box (15.25 oz) strawberry cake mix
1 tsp strawberry extract
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 can (16 oz) cream cheese frosting

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan. 
*Beat the cake mix, extract, eggs, oil, and milk for 2 minutes. Pour evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch.
*Cool on the counter for 1/2 hour, then refrigerate to cool completely.
*Once the cake is cool, poke all over with a fork, going just about 1/4 of the way down the cake. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the syrup (try to use mostly just the liquid, leaving the solid blueberries for use in the frosting), carefully spread over the cake.
*Whisk 1/4 cup of the remaining syrup with the canned frosting and frost the cake. 
*Slice the cake and serve with the remaining Blueberry Maple Syrup drizzled over the top. Refrigerate leftovers.


  1. I think that I am the chocolate peanut butter poke cake! What fun recipes you've chosen!

  2. And we're all amazing!!!
    Lovely post, Karen!

  3. Exactly! May we all come to see it, too.

    1. I'm trying to hold onto hope that we may all get there.

  4. We are all similar but different, that's true. This looks really good too.

  5. I never thought about being a cake, but I like the idea!

  6. When I started to read this I wondered if you were going to have strawberry cake mix as an ingredient, because I had a box. And you did! And blueberries. And maple syrup. Win! (I'll have to wait a bit because of tomorrow at sunset). But, as far as humans, I don't think we'll ever get there. I'm not optimistic about human nature - there will always be "the other" who we want nothing to do with. I so hope I'm wrong.

    1. Yeah, I waver between being realistic and being hopeful.

  7. Old fashioned plain chocolate cake with yellow insides. My Mother’s Cake for our Birthdays. I can smell the chocolate icing in the iron skilllet. . Donna


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