A Cascade of Love

by Sumita Basu
(Portland, OR, USA)

Cascade of Love

Cascade of Love

Cascade of Love

A CASCADE OF LOVE & SUGAR ROSES


Those of us fortunate enough to have experienced Grandma's love will know what I am about to pen down here.

It's one of the most amazing experiences in a lifetime that carries through. The story-times, the special gifts, the warm hugs, the aroma of Grandma's delicious food and the countless blessings are always some of the warmest and most comforting memories...

A New Perspective


As a mother, I now see that time spent with grandma translates to a whole new set of rules, little or no self control over sweet treats and mild discipline at best. Very different perspective for my mother who is now a grandmother herself!

My childhood was spent in another country. I often reminisce about the days spent in my grandmother's home...waking up to the aroma of comforting food, going out with her to the garden to pick fresh flowers for the house and snuggling with her for story time. More than 3 decades have passed but I still remember everything so vividly. Perhaps because she touched my heart in more ways than one.

Grandma's 80th Birthday Cake


My grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday a few years back. Time has taken a toll on her health. She can no longer cook or garden. Nor can she remember all the memories of the past. But despite the age and failing health, she has not lost the love in her voice or the concern for her grandkids.

This cake was a first for me with fondant decorations and was handcrafted to honor her on her 80th birthday. The cake flavor was a mellow lemon with apricot-pineapple preserve as the filling.

Edible roses were hand-made with fondant one by one to honor the love and patience that she and all grandmothers symbolize all over the world.

They say, anything in excess is never good.

I BELIEVE THERE IS ONE EXCEPTION.

Abundant doses of a grandmothers love teaches kids freedom from structure, how to laugh at imperfections and how to take the time to stop and smell the roses. No one has more patience than a grandmother. She is here on earth to serve a special purpose: to cascade love all the way!

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Dec 10, 2013
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Very sweet
by: Janet

This was sweet, Sumita. Thanks,

Dec 10, 2013
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Gorgeous
by: Suchu

Elegance, beauty and a touching story!

Dec 06, 2013
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Lovely thoughts
by: Anonymous

For a lovely person...

Dec 02, 2013
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Beautiful Creation!
by: Harshi

Beautiful Creation!

Dec 02, 2013
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Lovely
by: Smitha

truly lovely thoughts and work accompanied by a beautiful cake for a loving grandma... what a treat to eyes!

Dec 02, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Mithu

Beautiful Sumita!

Dec 02, 2013
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Amazing!!!
by: Simanti

Amazing!!!

Dec 02, 2013
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Nice...
by: Padmini

Very nice text to the lovely cake

Dec 02, 2013
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WOW!!!!!!!!!
by: Rini

Wow!

Dec 02, 2013
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Just amazing
by: Rima

Just stunning!

Dec 02, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Sujata

Superb!

Dec 02, 2013
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Incredible
by: Rukmini

Incredibly lovely!...the thoughts and of course, the cake :)

Dec 02, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Aarsi

Sumita- that's beautiful!

Dec 02, 2013
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Wonderful
by: Rumela

This is so artistic.

Dec 02, 2013
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WOW
by: Rajashree

Lovely Creation.

Dec 02, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Terri

Beautiful work!

Dec 02, 2013
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Lovely sugar art
by: Anonymous

Deep sentiments accompanied by lovely work...

Nov 30, 2013
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Wow
by: Anonymous

A feast for the eyes and soul!

Nov 26, 2013
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Awesome cake
by: Anju

Gorgeous cake and looks delicious too!!! Great going!!!

Nov 21, 2013
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lovely!
by: Jessie

what a lovely living tribute to your grandma! Sadly, my grandmas passed before I had a chance to meet them, as such my mission is to have my kids experience as much time as they can with my parents and my husbands mom so that they can get filled with the special love that only grandparents can give!

Nov 21, 2013
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Patience comes with age....
by: Anne M

... which is what grandmas have. They realize that stopping to smell the roses is to be in the present moment. This is the best way to live but has always been a challenge in any society with the rush to the next thing or too much reflection on the past.

My connection to my maternal grandmother is via knitting.

My connection to my faternal grandmother is healthy eating. She was a health nut and that passed to me via my father.

Baking apple pie brings memories of family and picking fruit from the trees in the first house my parents bought.


Nov 21, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Erin

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Nov 21, 2013
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An Ode to Grandma
by: Soley

How wonderful... I whole heartedly agree... my son is enjoying the presence of his grandmother now..
You are a gifted artist Sumita, I hope you will spend more time on writing and baking.

Nov 21, 2013
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beautiful
by: Jennifer

thanks for sharing your story and pictures of your amazing cake!

Nov 21, 2013
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Beautiful Sentiment - and Cake!
by: Vikki

Beautiful Sumita. Love the cake and the memories. I loved baking with my grandmother too. She made the best pie crust I've ever eaten. I miss her every day. Thank you for reminding me of those times in the kitchen with her! Grandmothers are the best!

Nov 20, 2013
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Likey!
by: Somdutta

Like it.

Nov 20, 2013
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Awesome!
by: Nilanjana

Gorgeous cake & beautiful story....keep it up Sumita! :-)

Nov 19, 2013
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your kind words!

Nov 18, 2013
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heartfelt tribute
by: Smitha

A very touching tribute to a loving grandma by a granddaughter... really lovely and brought back good old memories with my own grandma and Grandpa.. Best wishes..

Nov 18, 2013
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Marvelous!!
by: Vandana

love the colors and story..lucky one ...

Nov 18, 2013
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Sensational..
by: Vandana

love the colors and idea!! great job

Nov 18, 2013
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Beautiful-heart rendering !!!!
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beautiful cake for a beautiful grandma... all the best :)

Nov 18, 2013
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beautiful story
by: Deepali Kalia

beautiful story and cake!

Nov 18, 2013
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Lucky Grandma
by: Saratha Ravi

Gorgeous cake! Lucky grandma to have a glimpse of this cake!

Nov 18, 2013
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Makes me understand what I have missed
by: Piklu

Short of words to appreciate the cake and express my feelings about all the childhood memories thats flooding my mind after reading your story. .....
Good luck sweet heart.
Piklu (Sydney)

Nov 18, 2013
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Really Nice!
by: Anonymous

Awesome Cake :) By Sagira, India

Nov 18, 2013
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Beautiful cake
by: Anonymous

Beautiful cake with lovely story..

Nov 17, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Niki

Very well written, an elegant beautiful cake that sounds delicious.

Nov 17, 2013
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Fabulous !
by: Rima Sengupta

Beautiful write-up and a lovely cake

Nov 17, 2013
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beauty at its best
by: Mahua

Lovely cake with a lovely story

Nov 17, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

Beautiful cake.

Nov 16, 2013
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Amazing!
by: Chitra

Beautifully put...

Nov 16, 2013
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Perfect
by: Anonymous

So elegant! Beautifully done.

Nov 16, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

What a sweet story

Nov 16, 2013
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Cake that care
by: Bhaskar

So elegant and beautiful... This is art with tons of love and care!

Nov 16, 2013
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Lovely and heart warming!
by: Shilpa

Lovely cake...wrapped around very heart warming emotions...surely a walk down the memory lane with truely cherished grandma's love!

Nov 16, 2013
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lovely
by: Aeshna

Grandma's love and this cake.....lovely!
A beautiful story wrapped in cream and icing...

Nov 16, 2013
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WOW !!!!!
by: Krishna

Stupendous !!!!

Nov 16, 2013
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Heartwarming story
by: Ayesha

Beautiful story for a beautiful cake.

Nov 16, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

Beautiful creation and your expression of emotion is so touching....Mithu

Nov 16, 2013
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Love and remembrance
by: Maa

Your cake reminds me of my grandma. She left me long long ago. She used to wait for me untill I returned from school. WHY......,,because she loved to feed me with her own hand. She cooked delicious dishes,I cannot forget the taste.

Nov 16, 2013
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Infinite love.
by: Padmini Bhat

our grandmother - as the centered root of strength and love in our life.

Nov 16, 2013
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Touching
by: Sujith

Heart warming...

Nov 16, 2013
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love overflowing with roses
by: sangeeta

Wonderful cake with a touching tribute to a grandma by her loving granddaughter... lovely. Simple but filled with love and radiance. Good luck.

Nov 16, 2013
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Simply beautiful...
by: Lyla

Simply beautiful words to suit a simply beautiful cake!

Nov 16, 2013
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Beautiful.....
by: Khyati

Gorgeous.. Very Creative!

Nov 16, 2013
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Simply great
by: Rina

Do not have enough words to admire it so saying ' simply great'

Nov 16, 2013
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awesome!!
by: Ishita

lovely cake... :-)

Nov 16, 2013
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Beautiful...
by: Lianne

Beautiful cake and beautiful story to go along with it, Sumita! Best of luck to you in the contest!

Nov 16, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Mithu

You have created a beautiful cake and a wonderful heart touching story... Good luck!

Nov 16, 2013
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Elegant
by: Sushma

Looks elegant

Nov 16, 2013
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lovely creation
by: appy

Love the cake and love your tribute to grandmother... Wish I could do half as much for my grandmother.... Your story brought tears to my eyes.....

Nov 15, 2013
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Icing of genuine love!
by: Garima

This is a lovely cake with an icing of genuine love that makes it even more yummy!!!
Thanks for sharing your story. Makes me think, happiness lies in small little things in life.
Good luck!

Nov 15, 2013
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Fantastic stuff!
by: Promiti

Beautiful cake and love your thoughts :-)

Nov 15, 2013
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The ultimate warmth
by: Tina

True.. who would know more than you of what grandmoms are.. u got the excess of the most which was there... grandmoms are the the ultimate comfort and warmth factor in our lives.. they are ones who will scold your parents when they scold you, cry with you when you are unhappy and get up in the middle of the night and make you a warm meal if you are hungry...very well done sis and am so proud of you ... as for the cake... love cascading ... speaks for itself

Nov 15, 2013
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Heart rendering
by: Anonymous

This is full of warmth and genuine affection which one can only experience. Can completely relate and share your thoughts. I guess that is why all grandmas have the same genetic code !

Nov 15, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Jay H

What a beautiful story to go with a lovely cake! Grandmothers are indeed special and this homage to Grandma is very moving. Very nice job!!

Nov 15, 2013
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The best
by: Anonymous

What a lovely cake and the story. Those roses are edible, that is real attention to detail...

Lovely

Nov 15, 2013
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Love love love
by: Anonymous

I cannot agree more with these words and feel privileged to have received a small part of that love. Love daadima.

As for the cake, well, I have always felt that everything you bake is overloaded and overdosed.... With LOVE ie :)

Love n luck
Baby.

Nov 15, 2013
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Fabulous!!!
by: Sandra

Such a beautiful cake and accompanying story...

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