For the most part, I try to be a good listener and take direction well. This means if one of my idols tells us we should Eat Cake for Breakfast, I’m all in. That, my friends, is how I ended up having a near-death experience with a dessert. Read on.
See this sweet lady with her beautiful granddaughter. She is my adorable aunt.
Together with my mom, they bake delicious cakes and pies, sew darlings for their babes, make time for their peeps, and dress in style like my grandmother. However innocent she might appear, my aunt has one tradition that scares me to death – The Money Cake.
Birthday cake for Caitlin, who just turned 5 this month.
Yep, as I suspected, this cake is loaded with money. Every slice is a treasure hunt for foil-wrapped coins, and if you are paying attention to what you eat, this can be great fun. However, on one particular occasion, this led to an unfortunate outcome for me.
After a party, my aunt suggested I take the remaining cake home and share it with my friends at work the next day. Jackpot! Homemade sweets generally score big-time brownie points with coworkers, so I gladly accepted.
The next morning, I cut myself a slice, took a bite, and felt the slow burn of foil down my throat. At this point it was too late to go backwards, and that’s how I ended up swallowing a dime. I’m pretty sure it was a dime, because I can’t imagine swallowing a quarter?
Fast forward a few months… we are at my cousin’s birthday party, I’m lucky to be alive, and unbelievably my aunt is still shoving money in those cakes! Naturally I wondered where this tradition came from, and she said it has been passed down for generations on my uncle’s side (hmm hmm, pretty smooth don’t you think, to pass it off on the other side of the family)? I wanted to know the details on how and why she makes such rich, risky cakes, but she is on her way to Hawaii, so I turned to the Internet. I expected to find lots of posts outlining the steps for making money cakes. Surprise!
Image found here.
I could only find ONE other person brave enough to admit to this tradition, which means I’m probably not the only one out there to have had a near-death experience with a slice of money cake! Still, if you enjoy a daring adventure and want to put some faith in to your fork, the author does a nice job of explaining how to impress your friends and family in her post A Money Cake for March:
Image found here.
To this day, the memory has not faded. I know my friends and family have had a lot of laughs at my expense over this, but I want everyone to know this is a true tale and a dangerous tradition! Don’t believe me? Ask all the other people who have accidentally downed a dime. In fact, according to NBC, it just happens to be one of the top items you’re most likely to swallow too.
After this story, you might be wondering if I decided to pass on the cake at Caitlin’s party. Heck no, I made 85 cents! Just enough excuse to schedule a Stitch Fix.
Yours in Promoting Safe Sweets,
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