Friends, I generally don't rip ideas off other people's blog posts, but today I couldn't resist.
I was over at Jilly's this morning to wish her a happy blogiversary, when I saw posted there the most incredible sight: a sewing machine cake!
Now those who know me know that I'm not really a dessert person, subscribing as I do to the Kate Moss motto, "Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels." I've reworked it, of course, to include the words, "except dark chocolate." Still, I don't have a sweet tooth and approach my desserts like a French woman: I eat a forkful, and then slide the dessert plate back to the person who ordered it.
If I am going to eat anything other than three perfect chocolate squares (no broken pieces, please) after a meal, I'll go for half a cookie, or maybe brownie crumbs. But these sewing machine cakes...this is something new. I wonder how they taste.
I have noticed that most of these cakes are reserved for the senior set, perhaps because they're quite expensive to make and not to be blown on every nineteen year old with an entry-level Janome.
Now, I am wondering what role an iron played in the lives of the people presented with the cakes below. My mother tells a story that back in the 1950's, my father bought her an iron for Mother's Day and she read him the riot act. How would you feel about getting an iron cake, a vacuum cleaner cake, or -- why not? -- a washing machine cake? (i.e., You are best-remembered for your housework.) People love sewing, sure, but nobody loves ironing!
When it comes to novelty cakes, I have a soft spot for the decidedly homespun, or as I put it, Becky Home Icky. (Actually, that looks like Chia Cake.)
Of course, sewing-related cakes come in many different shapes and sizes.
The body form! (I think I know that woman.)
The display mannequin!
The pincushion (chew carefully)!
The sewing basket!
And my personal favorite, the four-thread serger!
Readers, ask I must: Have you ever been presented with a sewing machine cake? Does this sort of thing appeal to you?
Would you ever try to bake one of these? (Where do you start?)
Have a great day, everybody!