Cake permeates love. It is always special. Recognition for those we cherish and wish well. Dessert. A reward for a job well done. In ancient times cakes were used as offerings to the gods. The indigenous would bake them in symbols that were representative of their beliefs and intentions. We still practice some of these rituals today in the celebration of birthdays, weddings and other religious festivals. Take for a moment the ceremonial tradition of closing your eyes, making a wish and blowing out the candles. You believe your wish to come true as you partake in the first piece of your favorite cake. The cake was baked especially for you with beautifully scripted icing across the middle that wishes you a very “Happy Birthday”. This custom involves the idea that the act of eating words magically transfers the energies represented by those words to their eater.
I put much love and positive energy into baking these Love Cake and my only intention is to be a sweetheart, like ‘Le Petit Coeur Cakelettes’ (little heart cakes). Testing Chrysta Wilson’s Strawberry Lemonade Picnic Cake recipe from her sensuous cookbook, Kiss My Bundt, the cakelettes prevailed. Chrysta dishes out some “ol’ time cake baking from the south religion” passed down to her from her auntie. Her cookbook unveils timeless secrets to making bundt cakes, like the necessity of incorporating air into your batter. This recipe makes an impressive picnic dessert. It captures the essence of an ideal picnic in a piece of cake. It is delightfully delicious.
She must also know that picnics are a lover’s favorite rite. An everything “made- from- scratch”, love charged, basket with aphrodisiacs is “booty”! You have to read Booty Food to better understand what this means, just know that it’s good for romancing with food. Anything made from scratch and that is prepared the night before when packing a picnic basket comes from the heart and gifts from the heart get “booty”. This picnic love cake recipe has a lot of sex appeal as is evidenced by the fact that the acclaimed aphrodisiac, the luscious strawberry, is a star ingredient . As you know, strawberries are one of many love bearing plants in the garden of Venus. The human mind is subtly turned on by the sight of objects suggestive of genitals as are strawberries and the freckles on their flesh are high in zinc, which is essential in the production of testosterone. They are also high in vitamin C which keeps sperm from clinging together in immobile clusters, this enables more intense, longer lasting orgasms. Save a few fresh strawberries couple with your cakelettes. Picnics are versatile. Have one spread out in your living room on a lux blanket covered in rose petals and surrounded by candles. This is what Sacred Seduction coined the “LRP”. Or take it to your bed and finger feed your lounging lover. Love Cakes are just the right size to transport where ever the lovers choose to feast.
Chrysta is adamant about cookware and recommends a large bundt pan by Nordic Ware, she says, the cake turns out “…like a woman with all the right curves”. I ordered the elegant heart-shaped bundt and the heart-shaped cakelet pan. It makes six little cakes. The cakelette is equivalent to Chrysta’s mini bundt. Be prepared to take your time preparing this recipe. In so doing, see the pleasure you are creating. To get the intense strawberry flavor that Chrysta achieves with this recipe, she calls for a strawberry smash that is made with fresh strawberries and must cool completely before it can be used in the cake batter. The flavors of both strawberry and lemon are intensified throughout the recipe. Strawberry flavored gelatin is added for both flavor and color, while the lemon zest and lemon extract make the lemon flavors very distinct. Since my cakelettes are “self-decorated”, the lemon glaze is the perfect accent. A charming dessert that’s ready to go on a picnic and impart love on all who partake.
The cake recipes in Kiss My Bundt are crafted for bold flavor built on the foundation of a batter that consistently produces a moist, rich cake. I’m just waiting for cherry season to make Chyrsta’s Aphrodisiac Cherry Vanilla Almond Cake, in the mean time, there are plently others that will be celebrated.
The tradition of sweet cakes is long lived and will forever more be special.
♥ = love stimulant ♥♥ = sexual desire stimulant
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE PICNIC CAKE
The recipe tested for this post is found in the “Kiss My Bundt” sensuous baking cookbook by Chrysta Wilson.
Recite the ‘love cake’ chant as you whisk the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a clockwise motion to glaze the cake.
Love Cake Chant
Heart-shaped cakes that I bake
sweet love to all who partake