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9 July 2012updated 17 Jan 2024 6:10am

Fifty Shades of Cake

The sponge-and-marzipan manifestation of a publishing sensation.

By Caroline Crampton

This is a guest post from the NS’s web editor, Caroline Crampton.

As we enter the art gallery that is his apartment, I spot the box from the bakery lying on the counter, bearing the insignia of “Richard’s Cakes” from Manchester, England. Part of me wonders who ever could have sent us such a thing, but a larger part of me just wants to grab a spoon. Although he did make me eat two desserts at the restaurant.

Instinctively, I reach for the box. Suddenly, I feel his hand close round my wrist, restraining me in a deliciously vice-like grip.

Stopped in my tracks, I hiss at him: “You are quite the disciplinarian.”

“Oh, Anastasia, you have no idea.”

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“But Christian, I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to eat the cake.”

He cocks his head to one side, grinning at me. “Anastasia, you know I have my rules. You may only eat when and what I say you may. And I say you may not eat this cake.”

I can feel myself flush. I almost bite my lip, but at the last minute remember what happens when I do that. My inner goddess is prancing around inside my head, daring me to defy him, while my subconscious has lost all sense of herself – any second now she’s just going to bellow “ME WANT FROSTING” and be done with it.

He quirks his eyebrow at me. His gaze is dark obsidian.

“Well?”

I look at the unopened lid of the box, and then back at him. I cock my head to the side.

“But the nice people from Manchester sent this cake all the way here,” I plead. “It seems like a waste not to have a slice.”

“Trust me, I can afford it. I’ll reimburse them for the shipping.”

I drag my eyes up to his. As his gray eyes, burning with unfathomable emotion, hold mine, my mouth goes dry and I feel myself blush.

My hands reach for the lid of the box and slowly reveal what it contains. My lips quirk into a smile.

Holy shit.

My Fifty.

Fifty shades of cake, that is.

Photograph courtesy of Richard’s Cakes in Manchester. Their manager, Emma Ball, is the creator of this amazing confection.

 

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