by the amazing Rachel Jones
The earliest cakes were offered as signs of thanks and praise for the mercies given to them by God. Cakes were simply ground up wheat or corn (in the New World), mixed with a little oil or water, sometimes lightly scented with floral herbs or incense. These proto-cakes represented an earnest offering of human hands, of hard work and sweat and heartbeats and laughter and tears.
As the world and people, and people’s relationship to God and each other have changed, cakes have changed, too. Cakes are still seen and treated as special offerings—we see them (in Western Culture, at least) prominently displayed at our most holy and festive functions. Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, Pentecost cakes (Red Velvet, naturally), cakes for parties and showers, or simply a decadent late afternoon tea in your very own kitchen nook—cakes set a tone that is undeniable. The presence of cake provides us with a way to sort of…consecrate our time—to savor, to celebrate, to revel, and sometimes, to indulge.
Good cakes take time to make well, and the simplest ones are usually the best. Skimping on ingredients is never encouraged—use real eggs, use real milk, use real butter. It’s a cake. It’s supposed to taste like something you want to keep eating, even after it’s gone, and you end up licking the plate. That’s what the process of moving Episcorific from being a seasonal treat (in zine form) into thedailycake.org (a daily slice of life, from many different viewpoints–including some old friends, from Episcorific days) has been like for us, over the last year and a half. We’ve been hard at work getting ourselves organized and ready to invite you into this next step in our journey, together. We’ve really missed you guys, and are so excited to be doing this, in a new direction. We hope you’re as excited about the future as we are.
We took a long hard look at what we were doing, and where we were going, and we decided that we wanted more. We wanted to do something deeper, something bigger, something layered, sweet, serious, and absolutely intentional. thedailycake.org is the offering that came to be, and what we present to you today, Pentecost 2013. We come to you offering slices of how we see life–in our own voices, with our own sugar and spice, attempting to see Jesus next to us in the subway, in our cubicles, across our dinner tables, and in all the places we live, and move, and have our being.
We are excited to make this new adventure alongside each other, and with you. It’s good to be here.
It’s good to have you here.
Have some cake.