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A Little Slice of Heaven

By Melissa Wrubel

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Ahhh … the smell of walking into a room where someone is baking. There is nothing like it … homemade goodness and mouth watering aroma matchless to any other smell on the planet. As a baker and culinary enthusiast myself, images related to food – YUMMY food! – often pop into my mind. I decided to take some time exploring the variety of preferences when it comes to savoring the occasional baked good … specifically pies and cakes. It may seem contrary to the theme for HEALTHY Living, but I thought that maybe we could have an exception for the sake of delicious treats and special occasions! It’s more of a HEALTHY MOMENT if you want to look at it that way! Although some people can take it or leave it when it comes to desserts, those of us who appreciate the time put into making these delicious delicacies will always want to taste a little slice of heaven from time to time.

Pies and cakes are often associated together, but they are far from the same. A cake is a form of bread or bread-like food. In its modern form, it is typically a sweet baked treat made up of layers of creams and icings. Cakes are classified according to the occasion for which they are intended … wedding cakes, birthday cakes, etc. Cakes are served with or without frosting. Frosted cakes are more preferred on occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, functions and parties. The main ingredients in cake are flour, butter, baking powder and milk. There are many flavors of cake available … cherry chip, vanilla, yellow, cheesecake, chocolate, etc. Everyone has their favorites, which we will discuss later in the article.

A pie is a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry. It was originated in Egypt. Pies are usually made of a pastry dough crust that contains a filling of various sweet ingredients.  A top-crust pie has the filling in the bottom of the dish and is covered with a pastry, or crumble, before baking. A two-crust pie has the pastry on both the top and bottom, and the ingredients are encased inside. Pies can be a variety of sizes – bite-sized to hand-held to ones designed for numerous servings.  Pies are also available in a variety of flavors … apple, cherry, banana cream, coconut, etc.

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As I started thinking more about baking and what flavors people tend to prefer in pies and cakes, I decided to do a survey. I asked friends on social media and office co-workers for their sincere opinions. The most popular of each were unique to what I thought would be the outcome. The most favorite pie flavors turned out to be Key Lime and Cherry, with Apple following close behind. The most popular cakes were Cheesecake and Chocolate, with Bumpy Cake coming in a close third.

If you are a baker, or you just like to taste-test the baked goods, remember that a little love goes a long way….and love is often shown through food. Just take a look at your grandmother. If you want to show someone that they are the sweetest thing in the world to you, consider baking (or buying) a pie or cake for your loved one. Chances are, they will consider the time and selection that went into preparing this dessert and thank you immensely for it. I mean, who doesn’t get excited when someone brings them a love gift! Try it… you’ll see! Happy Baking!

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