“Baking a Cake”

Selections from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones.

“When you bake a cake, you have ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, baking soda, eggs, milk. You put them in a bowl and mix them up, but this does not make a cake. This makes goop.”
“In a sense, this is what writing is like. You have all these ingredients, the details of your life, but just to list them is not enough.”

“You must add the heat and energy of your heart.”

“You can’t just mix the ingredients in a bowl; they have no life. You must become one with the details in love or hate…” 

“Ovens can be very cantankerous sometimes, and you might have to learn ways to turn your heat on.”

“And you are never sure once the heat begins whether you will get a devil’s food or an angel food cake.”

“In writing  with detail, you are turning to face the world. You are offering up some good solid bread for the hungry.”

Natalie, you rock my world.

MHD, thanks for bringing me back to it.

Want to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes? Visit: Our Best Bites for the recipe I (mostly) succeeded in replicating. 


2 thoughts on ““Baking a Cake”

  1. Hold the phone, do those have peanut butter cups in them? Amazing! Thanks for your comment! I do love the podcast, have been listening since day 1! I would love to go to Palm Springs if I didn’t live in England.


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