I like this idea of seasons when it comes to understanding, cultivating and planning life’s trajectory. I’ve come to feel that things ebb and flow; that things change and grow. That there are times when we glide along through periods of low-grade maintenance and staying the same, and then times when we are pushing though transition and struggle. Times when we are breaking barriers, taking challenges, rising up to new.
And I think sometimes it’s not even necessarily a conscious thing on our part. It’s not a conscious decision to have the flow, or have the high and the low. It’s not like the changing of the weather seasons, where it happens on a specific date, the same date, every year. But it is like the weather in that a set date may have no bearing on when the changes come and go, or their extremes, but there they are; showing up, waiting for opportunity. And we have the ability in ourselves to afford them that opportunity; to let them come, let them be. We can shut off the resistance and ignore the inundating, relentless should and shouldn’t, judgement and inner voice we have playing in our head. It’s okay for things to change, for things to come and go, for us to let things go, start things new. We just have to let there be a season.
There has been a pause on here, but I think more than that, there has been a season on here. A little bit of a season of let things breathe, let things reset, let things refresh.
And so maybe it’s fitting that with things being a little out of sync here, and getting back into place, this post comes with a recipe for upside down cake. The cake that starts with everything underneath and somewhat out of synch, and then, after baking, gets flipped over and everything gets put into place.
I always love seeing upside down cakes being flipped over. That moment when you are holding your breath with a little bit of anxiety, wondering if it is going to flip properly, or be a mess, or have cooked properly or have overcooked. Don’t all good changes, good seasons, good challenges come with a little bit of anxiety?
Up until now, I had never made an upside down cake. I love the concept of them, I love the theater and waiting game of them, but it just hadn’t happened yet. They are one of those ideas that would float along my radar and then disappear, clouded over by other ideas of other things and other inspiration. Maybe they were just never part of those seasons. Maybe upside down cake is for this season.
Some things are for certain seasons. Embrace your seasons. And in the meantime, you can totally make some cake.
What is your favourite kind of upside down cake?