And here’s one of the most important.
Being able to bake wins you friends. Simple. I can’t think of another skill that wins people over so easily and quickly as baking.
People respond so positively to the bearers of home-baked goods. There’s a warm heartedness and generosity of spirit about someone who shares what they bake.
Surely a skill that can enhance your relationships with people and bring you love and friendship is a life skill worth having.
Think about it –
- The office worker who bakes a delicious carrot cake to share with their colleagues at morning tea.
- The new neighbour who knocks on your door with a freshly baked tea cake.
- The girlfriend who bakes a rich and delicious chocolate cake for her man.
- The love-struck boyfriend who wows his new sweetheart with his homemade sponge cake with strawberries and cream (talk about brownie points fellas).
- The shy student who shares their homemade banana cake at school.
- The friend who unexpectedly drops around a homemade cake because you’ve been having a bit of a tough time lately.
Wouldn’t you want to be friends with every one of these people?
Sure, you could go out and buy a great cake from a local bakery. But it’s just not the same.
While anyone bearing cake will be greeted positively (except perhaps by those on diets), there’s something about a cake you have baked yourself which brings you much more appreciation, gratitude and kudos.
There’s more of an emotional connection when the cake is home baked. Baking for others is a caring and comforting gesture, the sort of thing loving mothers and grandmothers do.
Maybe it appeals to our sense of nostalgia, for old-fashioned values from a time when people had more time to bake from scratch, when we were more connected with each other and with our communities in a real, not online, sense.
Maybe it’s because cakes are used for happy occasions and for marking the milestones of our lives. For celebrations. What’s a birthday without cake? When was the last wedding you went to where there was no cake? We share cake with those we love and care about.
Whatever the psychology behind it, when you share baked goods you make a positive impression on people. It’s a great ice-breaker, a fabulous way of showing someone that you care, or for saying thank you.
And all of that leads to friendship and love.
Why don’t you bake a cake and share it today?