I think if the cake hadn’t sunk, I would have taken more care and found a tin that fit the cake, but by this stage it was late, I was grumpy, and I believed the cake was a bit “ruined” anyway, so I decided my friend would have to lump it or leave it. As the whole point of baking is to participate in his birthday, I wasn’t too worried about the outcome – it’s going to be eaten anyway! As Mrs Baskin says “Some art is meant to last and some is meant to be eaten up. Not everything has to be a monument” (p. 48), when the horrified art dealers see she has eaten the cake with Brian. What I love about this story is that Mrs Baskin has eight children and still takes time to make a cake for Brian. This story reinforced the fun aspect of baking for others, the joy of selecting ingredients. Despite all the everyday mundane tasks we do, these celebrations are important. I make time to bake because I have to, to participate in the celebrations of life with my friends and family.
The second aspect to Mahy's tale is that Mrs Baskin's cake is so beautiful, it ends up in an art gallery, then is ultimately eaten. This part of the story reminds us that food is something that is designed to be baked/cooked/grilled, then consumed, then you have to start all over again, as Mrs Baskin does at the end of the story.