On Sponge Cakes and Waiting

Been dormant for a loooong time now. While I haven’t come up with a new post (‘coz my brain is in semi-hibernation period), here’s another post from my blog from a long time ago that I think each of us could use one way or another. I hope. 😉 (I did edit some parts, though.)

Did you know that sponge cakes are the most test-your-patience cakes to bake? I learned this when I studied baking, and boy, did I swear I’d never attempt to make them again!

You see, all cakes need some patience to be able to make, especially at the last part when you need to place them in the oven for baking. You need to make sure the right temperature is achieved (You’ll need an oven thermometer for that, which I thought was unnecessary at first. I realized, however, that this is one of the crucial devices one needs to become an expert baker.) and maintained. You also have to see to it that the time needed for it to set is precise, or else, your cake will fall apart. You can’t open the oven door because heat will escape (first-time bakers find this hard to do because of their curiosity and eagerness to see their first-ever finished product), decreasing the temperature inside the oven, which in turn won’t make your batter rise enough, giving you a “short” cake (put it this way: you want a 3-inch-tall cake, but you’ll get a 2-inch one instead). Well, all cakes need that, but a sponge cake needs more than that. Sponge cakes are supposed to be porous, and really tall (Am I using the right description? Should I say thick?), so they need a low temperature and longer cooking time. This part is challenging, especially if you’re a person who has gotten used to eating microwave dinners and instant noodles. However, this part is the most crucial, for a sponge cake is not a sponge cake unless it’s porous. And it won’t be porous unless you let it be.

The same goes with the things we wait for in life. We can’t rush them just as we can’t turn off the fire until the cake finishes baking. Rushed things also tend to fall apart before you know it, just as a cake would if one opened the oven door to take a peek before the right time. Things acquired when still immature are as devastating as half-baked cakes: they may bring you joy when you see them being taken out of the oven, but the frustration comes when you have your first bite.

So whenever you feel like rushing things, or settling for something you know is still unripe, think of sponge cakes. Think of all the best things prepared for you only when you are patient enough to wait for the right time. 🙂

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