Answer Cake was a 1950s Betty Crocker invention which gave you all the this-and-that you needed to make when people started asking you difficult questions like, Didn't you make any dessert, Gertrude? And Gertrude had been busy washing all the sheets and cleaning the fridge and maybe getting to play a little bridge if she was lucky. And she wasn't about to start in with the creaming of sugar and butter and the whipping of the egg whites and the folding in and never mind all the extra dishes. Susan Marks writes in Finding Betty Crocker (2007) that Answer Cake first appeared in 1954 and came with cake mix, frosting and a baking tin. It served up to 12 people who needed to answer the casserole that had just landed in their stomachs with a little (or rather a lot) of sugar.
|All signs point to cake!|
Actually, I will write this. I've been reading a lot of fairy tales and writing some stuff based on them...also I'm working on a fiction project and a non-fiction project and...maybe I'll activate my writing blog if I can figure out what sort of things to post regularly - not the actual book projects but maybe some of what George Eliot called quarry, the jumble of things that inspire you. And goodness knows that's what all my blogs seem to be, jumbles of things. So that could work.
September is sort of like New Year's for me, so things will get stirred up a little! And I mean to start commenting/visiting and interacting with you all again. As soon as it gets cooler and my brain cells wake up. They are not much good when it is hot, you know.