Recently I was talking to my friend on the phone, when I casually used the phrase, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

She instantly wanted to know how anyone got to eat cake if you couldn’t have it and eat it. Apparently this expression has escaped her notice until now, or else no one has been able to answer it for her.

She knew exactly who could answer random questions about cake.

I told her you can eat cake you don’t have. Basically, you have to steal cake if you want to eat it. That way it’s not yours to have and you can eat it.

She immediately replied that she had to go, her husband was holding a cupcake.

My last bit of wisdom to her was to be stealthy. If you steal the cupcake and then he steals it back, he gets to eat it.

a picture of Twinkies with the caption

People say these are fake cake, so you can have them AND eat them without all the theft involved with real cake.

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23 replies on “Cake eating is complicated…

  1. Twinkies are not cake. Twinkies are bathtub caulk with sugar and leavening. And don’t backpedal on me give me that shit about “Hey, I baked cake all by myself, once,” because the boxed stuff ain’t cake, either.

    Cake is ridiculously easy to make. Use Google, go shopping, warm up the oven, and get crackin’. Make it chocolate cake and then add a dash of bourbon to the frosting. (And if that frosting comes out of a tub, I’m beating you to death with my spatula. You’re better than Duncan Hines.)

    It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be delicious. Remember, you get to eat all the mistakes. It’s called quality control.

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      1. I mean, I won’t turn it down. Especially if it involves chocolate. Cake just isn’t my first dessert choice.

        But, yeah… if you could send an extra chocolatey cake with more chocolate frosting than cake to my house, that’d be greeeeat.

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  2. I have never eaten a Twinkie. We don’t have them here. They look rather odd, but hopefully are more delicious than they look! I’ll add them to my list of US things to try next time I visit

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  3. Big cakes are worse because once started you HAVE to finish them quickly before they dry out and go stale, well that’s my excuse anyway… #globalblogging

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  4. I never thought about how weird that phrase is! If I have cake, I’m doing to eat it. End of story. I don’t count Twinkies as cake though – I once left one out as an experiment for A YEAR and it never went off. #DreamTeam

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    1. I know, you don’t really think about it until someone asks you to explain it. And since she’s from a foreign country, I realized that my friend probably hadn’t heard the saying before so she’s the first one to realize it made no sense.


  5. It is a pretty weird saying isn’t it?!! Haha. Is it for people on a diet that want to torture themselves just by staring at a cake but not eating it? I have my cake and eat it on a regular basis, stuff the rules 😉

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  6. I’m very compliant and so in my head it makes perfect sense to to eat all of the cake. Just to ensure that I no longer have it. 😉 You are very wise! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam. (PS – I still haven’t tried a twinky!) xx

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