I try to stay away from controversy on my little baking blog.
I have a philosophy… it’s silly I know. But I believe that we can all unite over cake. No matter your beliefs or views or politics, we can all come together and celebrate with a beautiful and delicious cake.
When I heard that there was a controversy over a Cheerios commercial, I was deeply saddened.
After seeing the commercial, I literally had no idea what the controversy even was! In case you are as blissfully naive as I am, the issue was race.
Some people were upset that the husband was black and the wife was white and that they had an interracial child.
Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
I don’t want to be a part of the appalling silence anymore.
After reading some of the awful comments people have made, it’s clear to see that their minds are not going to be changed through some brief internet interactions. I am never going to argue someone into seeing my perspective.
Instead, what I do want to focus on is solutions.
This cake is simple. Overly simple some might say, but that was intentional.
I feel like the solution is simple.
I can certainly make sure that I am raising intelligent, well-mannered and considerate young people who understand that our inherent value is not based on appearance.
I can model the behavior that I want to see in them. I hope that my children will see in me a love for others, regardless of physical appearance. I hope that they will remain blissfully ignorant of the pain and destruction caused by prejudice and racism for many, many more years.
Maybe we can all make a simple cake for someone you love!
Now. Do you want to know how I really feel about segregation?
Just in case you want to make your own Cheerios Cake here is what I did:
Make the perfect white cake in two 8-in rounds and the best chocolate cake in two 8-in rounds.
I then whipped up a batch of chocolate buttercream to cover the cake. There is no frosting between the layers.
Using Chocolate Cheerios, I spelled out the word “love”. For the individual slice, I just poured some more Chocolate Cheerios over the top to add some texture and depth of flavor.
I’m a granola kinda girl myself but now I realize I need to buy a couple of boxes of Cheerios.
We don't have TV but love what this commercial is trying to say. Love your cake and what it is saying and love you and what you are saying!
Simply eloquent. Thank you!
I TEARED UP (JUST A LIL BIT, LOL) READING EVERYONES COMMENTS!
THE CAKE??? I WISH I HAD TASTYVISION!
What a FANTASTIC and very well articulated post!!! I had no idea about the controversy either, but will certainly be sure to pick up a few boxes of Cheerios on my next trip to the store! As a bi-racial person, it’s amazing to me that in 2013 we are still having to address these issues.
I too was blissfully naive. This cake is totally amazing. Great Job
Bravo! I had no idea what the issue was until I read your post… Watching it I thought it might be the mess from the Cheerios but that may be my almost OCD habits. 🙂
Nice cake, great message.
What a lovely cake and a beautiful message.
ABSOLUTELY perfect response– Could not agree more 🙂