In high school, I had a crazy, awesome Spanish teacher with huge curly blonde hair and an impeccable Spanish accent, who looooved Funfetti cake (and also, Matt Damon). She spoke to our class totalmente en español, but the English word “Funfetti” sometimes leaked into her Spanish sentences and made class more enjoyable, and sometimes more understandable. “Funfetti” was like an island of understanding in a sea of confusion. This is all very profound for a cake with sprinkles baked into it, but the positive association I have with Funfetti is probably subconsciously why I chose to make this cake in the first place!
For me, food sparks memories. When I order something new at a restaurant I’ve never tried before, I always try to connect the meal to a prior taste experience. I love that food is so interconnected with my and everyone’s emotions and history. We smell dinner cooking and remember past travels, moments with our families. Food ties us to tradition, but having fun in the kitchen also allows us to explore other traditions.
This being my first post, I will probably be more light-hearted and fun in later posts, but I want to get off on the right foot and proclaim my “mission statement,” if you will. I want to keep this blog populated with recipes I love and recipes I’m experimenting with. Practice my photography skills. Connect with friends, family, and people who inspire me. And also just share the traditions and memories I have around food in my own life.
As for this cake, I tried to combine ingredients that would capture the celebratory feeling I have in starting this project. The Funfetti cake is yellow and cheery with the extra egg yolks (though some very experienced bloggers prefer white cake to make the sprinkle colors stand out better, I like my Funfetti yellow, like the kind you make from the box. But I think it really just depends on your preference.). I paired the cake with mango frosting because, to me, mango = tropical = vacation = party!! Perfect for a birthday. Or in this case, a first blog post.
With that, I’ll wrap this up and say WELCOME! Thanks for joining me on this journey.