Fran Black, known in Australia as Dr. Fran for her wise counsel on health concerns, is an unusually outside-the-box thinker on everyday matters.
Recently, she shared her revelation about the cake she’d made for guests who were coming to dinner, and her breaking of a social taboo: “I was strictly taught that food prepared for visitors could not be sampled until it returned to the kitchen as leftovers.”
As she looked at the cake cooling on the counter, she found herself hungering for a slice at its peak of warm perfection. She asked herself: WHY NOT take a slice of the cake out now? Won’t it be just as good served to friends with one slice missing?
So Francis had her cake and served it too, wondering
Why hadn’t I done this years ago?
We found Francis’ rather charming breaking-of-the-norm compelling, especially since she shared her delight in privately devouring a slice with her guests.
Yet there is something special about presenting an uncut, homemade cake to friends: a gift of sorts.
How might we have our slice of cake and serve it in a way that preserves that feeling of made-for-you generosity? we wondered, and then got the answer.
Serve the cake sliced.
Nobody has to know a hunk or two is missing…(although a confession can be endearing).
You can slice round or rectangular cakes into wedges…
…and arrange them on a platter for the same generous effect.
…And then we discovered that was how Fran served her cake!
(The strategy will work fine for a tart as well)…
Need a swell cake recipe? Check out these favorites:
Brown Sugar Coconut Layer Cake with Lemon or Dulce de Leche (these cakes are made from the super easy Essential Brown Sugar Lightening Cake; you’ll find the recipe at the bottom of the article)