June 6, 2012

National Applesauce Cake Day

"How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?" - Paul Sweeney

It's National Applesauce Cake Day!

I was asked a very specific question about today's food holiday. "I don't mean to be a jerk," this person said. "But what exactly is the difference between applesauce cake and apple cake?" Thankfully, a dear friend of mine who was with me quickly answered: "One is made with apple slices. One is made with applesauce. Duh."

Duh, indeed.

(By the way: everyone should have a friend as wonderful and wonderfully dedicated to them.)

These food holidays are interesting because they're really open to interpretation by each individual who celebrates them. And because these aren't government sanctioned holidays they can mean just about whatever you want them to mean to/for you. Which is what makes them entirely awesome: we can "celebrate" the same thing, just in our own personal and unique ways (and really, shouldn't that be how it is for everything in life?). What "chocolate souffle day" or what "applesauce cake day" means to you isn't necessarily going to mean the same thing to me. Everyone that's ever existed, or ever will exist, will experience life differently.

Applesauce cake, to me, literally means applesauce in a cake.

So that's what I celebrated!

Happy National Applesauce Cake Day!