Forks in Forks
February 17, 2012:
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I did not have a cake on my birthday. Cake is, perhaps, one of the greatest joys life has to offer. The cake itself, the aroma, the frosting, the decorations (I prefer kids’ cakes with little toys on them)…all wonderful. But the eateries I visited in Canada didn’t offer anything to my liking for the big day.
Back in The States we spent the day exploring Port Angeles, Forks, and La Push. By happy coincidence, my friend TripAdvisor told me about a little bakery in Forks called Sweet P’s Bake Shop. The perfect way to fill my birthday-cake-shaped void? Indeed.
The shop didn’t look like much on the outside—not that much of anything in Forks does, especially in a downpour—but the proprietor was a charming lady with an array of tempting treats for sale. I chose a cute little 6-inch cake but was told that it was not very fresh, so “Sweet P” went to get one from the back for me. From the options presented, I chose the vanilla and she decorated it before my very eyes. Talk about custom-made!
We chatted about cakes and taxes and having laser eye surgery in Canada, and I felt like a local instead of a dorky Twilight fan with a cake craving. After about half an hour, I left with a baggie of forks and napkins, a darling little cake, and two delicious cheesecake bites. The visit was a pleasant surprise, a fun foray off the beaten path. And I found another sweet surprise when it was time to dig in…not only was the cake delicious, it was coconut instead of vanilla.