National Sponge Cake Day – August 23, 2017


How to Celebrate National Sponge Cake Day

Fire up Netflix and treat yourself to an extended marathon of The Great British Bake Off. Learn all about various types of sponge cakes. Form opinions about batters, icings, and soggy bottoms. Become deeply invested in the individual contestants and the outcome of the competition.

Take a break from your marathon to grab a beverage. Walk into the kitchen only to find a single, bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling, and an old stone pedestal with a shiny red button atop it standing in the middle of the floor.

Do not press the button. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and focus. You’ve been here before. You’ve pressed the button before. You don’t want this.

With your eyes still closed, turn away from the pedestal and start walking. Walk until you hit a wall. Feel along the wall for a door or window or any sort of opening. Find nothing.

Walk back toward the pedestal. Look up at the dangling light. Where its cord meets the ceiling, you’ll just be able to make out the outlines of a hatch, like you might see at the top of an elevator.

Climb onto the pedestal. Be careful not to press the button. Grab the cord and pull. The hatch will fall open, revealing blinding sunlight.

Jump through the hatch. Pull yourself up and out into the light.


Narrative Day

This is our eighth Narrative Day – a post featuring a light narrative that threads through other national days.

Previous entries, in order, were:

  1. National Fresh Breath Day
  2. World Lighthouse Day
  3. National Book Lovers Day
  4. National Garage Sale Day
  5. National Creamsicle Day
  6. World Photo Day
  7. National Radio Day

Narrative Days will be intermittently sprinkled throughout the month. We hope you’ll stay tuned to see what happens next.

Art Attack

A selection of “cake girls” by Kelly Gilleran:

Links & Learning

All about sponge cake
About The Great British Bake Off
Come with Me and Escape

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