Cake

Oct. 18th, 2011 11:30 am
marydell: (charlie-superman)
[personal profile] marydell
Charlie got to have cake for the first time at a birthday party on Saturday (Prior to this his egg allergy had been a problem, but it's diminished). He only ate a couple of bites and quickly figured out that the frosting is better than the cake, but even so didn't want most of his piece (I took care of the rest for him, a Mommy's work is never done). He's weird about textures so this was fairly predictable, and overall he didn't seem that impressed by the experience.

In the morning, however, he showed me a little set of stacked round blocks he had put together on a small platform and said "cake." This is a child who has never done anything with blocks other than stack them as high as possible and then gleefully knock them down. I said "are those candles?" and he nodded and blew on them. Then he sang happy birthday to me.

So apparently cake is AWESOME, although maybe not so much for actually eating just yet.

Date: 2011-10-18 04:51 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
Awww!

Date: 2011-10-18 06:58 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Cake is symbolic! And symbols are important! Charlie got to participate in cake!

Date: 2011-10-18 09:08 pm (UTC)
capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (cake!)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
You know, my mother once explained to me that that's the origin of "Can't have your cake, and eat it, too."

Apparently, "Have your cake" means to have an awesomely decorated cake to look at and admire. And eating it is the other side of the coin -- if you eat your cake, it won't be a shiny stack of awesome with candles on top, anymore.

Date: 2011-10-18 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idiolecto.livejournal.com
Cake IS magical.

Kyu prefers the frosting, too. I find myself admonishing him, "Honey, eat the cake, too." As though that will somehow make it... healthy?

Date: 2011-10-19 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
*laughs in recognition* I just had that conversation today with the cuter of the two people in this icon.

Date: 2011-10-18 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haddayr.livejournal.com
omg that is wonderful

Date: 2011-10-19 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asyouknow-bob.livejournal.com
I've found this to be true of the entire cohort of small children today: it seems like ALL of them just eat the frosting.
The first time I saw it (...early 90s...) I was shocked.

Maybe it's a reflection of modern diets, or something, that "cake" no longer counts as a rare treat?

Date: 2011-10-19 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashnistrike.livejournal.com
Store-bought and box cakes tend to have most of the taste in the frosting. So it's just common sense. :)

Date: 2011-10-19 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diatryma.livejournal.com
One of my earliest memories is being at a party-- I think a more grown-up party-- with my family, and I ate all the frosting off my cake and my dad ate all the cake off his frosting and so we switched. I have no idea when or where this was, but I think the frosting may have been blue.

Date: 2011-10-19 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamempress.livejournal.com
CAKE

I find that wheat-free cake is the hardest thing for me to organize for myself, so CAKE has become this magical glimmering Oz-in-the-distance thing for me.

Because CAKE.

Date: 2011-10-21 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unhappytriad.livejournal.com
Well, of course this is an important milestone towards the later achievement of Portal literacy. (Go Charlie!)

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