Today, as Thanksgiving* approaches, I accompanied a friend to a local grocery store. (She needed somebody to push the second cart and I needed something to do to avoid cleaning out the studio. Also, she bought me a giant coffee.) The experience was not without its charms in spite of the crowds. I overheard several interesting new recipes and I had the privilege of seeing this cake.
Yes, it is a half a round layer cake, turned onto its cut side and decorated/airbrushed to resemble a roasted turkey. It’s hard to see, but there is even a handful of bread cubes stuck into the frosting in the appropriate place to represent the stuffing. Note that the colors in this photograph have not been altered. The colors of grocery store bakery cake frosting are not only not found in nature, they are not found anywhere else either.
I go to a different store tomorrow to do my own Thanksgiving shopping. What wonders will I find there?
*Thanksgiving, for our readers outside the US, is a national holiday, celebrated annually on a Thursday in late November, that represents a harvest festival. (There is also a story involving early European settlers and indigenous people that doesn’t stand up particularly well to modern scholarship and social attitudes.)
This holiday is usually celebrated with a feast for friends and family, traditionally featuring a large roast turkey accompanied by a vast, bewildering and rather odd assortment of side dishes, some of which are only eaten once a year at this particular meal. Rather strange, really, but we are so used to it we don’t think about it much. Thanksgiving also marks the official beginning of the winter holiday shopping and party season. There are some of us who are festive pretty much full time until after the New Year.