Ten years ago, I was a senior in high school. My family had just adopted a new kitten, our Miss Chit-Chit, who has now passed away. We miss her every day.
Ten years ago, I had just discovered where I would be attending college for the next several years of my life. Ten years ago I didn’t know I’d meet my future husband at that very school.
Ten years ago, I sat in my senior history class and watched in horror as the World Trade Center fell. I watched as precious lives were lost and people fled the streets of New York City. I stared at the television while terror-stricken faces filled the news, people praying for those they loved and lived close to the events, or were in those very buildings.
Ten years ago I watched as the world as we knew it changed forever. And ten years later I remember that day and remember the lives lost as though ten years ago happened just a moment ago.
We will never forget.
It’s hard not to feel helpless when you watch something so great — so momentous — happen before your eyes and know that there is nothing you can do at that very moment to stop it. Today, it’s devastating to sit in an airport and watch someone say goodbye to their loved one as he or she is sent off to fight for our country. It’s difficult to think of the people who lost someone they love that day and know that their pain is something so deep — what can I possibly do to help heal their hearts?
I will never forget.
Today, I will help the memory live on, and honor this day and those people — lives lost, lives grieving, lives fighting — by doing one of the things I do best. Today, I will bake cake. Today I will contribute to Remembrance Cakes for 9-11.
The wonderful Marla at Family Fresh Cooking asked bloggers everywhere to bake a cake, muffin or cupcake of their choice and post it today, Sunday, September 11th, 2011. You can find more details on the effort from Marla, here.
One whole decade has passed since that day, but the need to remember the terrible tragedy is just as strong. People across the globe will mark the day with candlelight vigils, remembrance ceremonies, road races, fundraisers and, yes, by baking.
Vanilla Pound Cake (Remembrance Cakes for 9-11 : gluten-free + vegan)
- 5 oz. silken tofu, drained
- 2/3 cup vegan granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup safflower oil
- 3 Tablespoons vegan, gluten-free butter, plus extra to grease pan
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups G-Spot Gum-Free, Gluten-Free Baking Flour Mix
- 1/4 cup gluten-free arrowroot starch
- 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9×5-inch loaf pan with gluten-free, vegan butter. Set aside.
Blend tofu, sugar, safflower oil, butter, almond milk and vanilla extract in food processor (or high speed blender) until smooth. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together G-Spot Baking Flour Mix, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Fold in tofu mixture. Pour into loaf pan, and bake 35 -40 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then flip onto a wire baking rack and allow to cool completely.
Be sure to spread the word. Whip up a batch of cupcakes today and enjoy them with gratitude for this wonderful life we live. Make cornbread muffins and pair them with dinner this evening. Heck, break out a boxed cake and let your little ones work some baking magic.
Laugh … a lot. Love. And feel so grateful for the life force that flows throughout this day, this world. I know I will be doing just that. And I’ll be doing so with each bite of this cake.
Use the hashtag #cakes2remember on Twitter and Faceboook and encourage friends, family and fellow bloggers to participate — or just to give a shout out to your favorite recipes from this day. You can also get a badge to use on your blog.