"Back when refined sugar and nuts and spices were luxuries, so was a cake. You were truly honored when someone made you one. Cakes say -- you are important. Sure, pie is invited to the funeral repast, the church revival, and the family reunion. But it is the cake that is the prized guest."
"There is an alchemy in cake baking, a prescribed formula that must be followed. Butter is creamed with sugar. Leavening goes into flour. Flour mixes with liquid. Each step is as precise as a Bible verse, and requires the full trust of the cook who places pans of butter in the oven then waits with faith, believing --- knowing – that a cake will emerge.
This is true faith, the kind that comes from generations of believers who stand on the shoulders of the cake makers who came before them."