It all starts with a play on your mind – first, a vision of what you wish to create in your oven….which triggers your heightened senses – so that you almost ‘smell and taste’ it …(yes, even in your imagination). An assault on your senses. To put it simply.
It activates a call to action which engulfs the whole being……until the desired end-result is in your hands, while the freshly-baked aroma makes its way through the house, gently alerting everyone’s senses to its ‘arrival’. Being the all time favourite of a Kueh Lapis, it calls for a little applause too!
And the final touch, before it is ready for presentation? That is very subjective, and best expressed as ‘to each his own’.
For this particular occasion, we chose shades of lavender and purple, prettily contrasted with lemon yellow. Being a particularly auspicious occasion, some (being Chinese and all) might have preferred more reds, but we were happy with our choice (it was the period of Lent when the cake was made). To make up for the lack of celebrative red and gold, we cheered up the look with flowers that complemented the brightly coloured set of ‘Happy Birthday’ candles. The final hurdle is, watching the looks of sheer indulgence light up the faces of those tasting a slice of your home-made heaven…mmm..
With that – the realization of what was first but an image in the mind’s eye – a delightful sense of achievement and satisfaction colours the air, much like the aura of a clear rainbow — until the next baking idea starts the mind on another creative adventure.
For all those who showed interest in this cake, we are happy to say that ‘it was made with love’. Amen.