Chocolate Cake with Whipped Ganache and Raspberries

I took a poetry class last quarter to fulfill a writing requirement (it was either going to be poetry or research writing). Of course, I did some about food, so I thought I’d share those here.

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Ganache and Raspberries

Flour and leavening the support structure
Cocoa and sugar each balancing the other
Rich butter mingling with sunset-hued eggs

Clumpy and frumpy
before the oven
polished and domed after

Stacked tall like
the leggiest model in the room
perched daintily on a
lush amalgamation of
chocolate, cream, air

A finishing swirl of frosting
bestowed lovingly by her hand
a smattering of the plumpest raspberries
and delicate curls of chocolate atop.

She brings it to the table
Oooh, what is that?
She’s proud that they noticed it, her.
Chocolate cake with whipped ganache and raspberries

Slices handed out
she knows everything’s
exactly how it should be
cake tender, ganache creamy, berries tart
she watches them carefully
there’s polite nods and
one even says
It’s so pretty.



update 4/28/17: in case you need further reading, this poem from the hyped but definitely not overrated rupi kaur is everything that i was trying to say.

6 Replies to “Chocolate Cake with Whipped Ganache and Raspberries”

  1. I admit this was the first time I read a poem about cooking, about a recipe. And I must say, you surely have a talent there! Congratulations!

    1. Thanks! I too noticed the lack in cooking-related poetry (food is mentioned a lot in passing, but nothing more), and wanted to help fill the gap.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked it (:

  2. I love this! What an awesome poem, Heather. Natasha Tretheway wrote a book of poems called "Native Guard" and in one of them she describes fruit on her mother's kitchen counter. It's beautiful. If you ever come across the collection, read it. It's all about identity and discovering oneself. 🙂

    1. I just read a couple of Tretheway’s poems online after you mentioned her (I wasn’t able to find the fruit poem you’re talking about, unfortunately), and they’re so thought-provoking and I love her voice! Thank you for telling me about Tretheway and for your kind words (:

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