The popular form of this expression is a corruption of a line in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, which employs a 17th-century synonym for “glitters.” Shakespeare uses “glisters.” But the expression has evolved into “All that glitters is not gold” and we all know what it means.
All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgement old
Your answer had not been inscroll’d
Fare you well, your suit is cold.
Can you guess where I’m headed here? My cake…my absolutely beautiful cake pictured above. I found a recipe for Praline Cake and thought it would make a special Christmas Eve dessert. I assembled the ingredients which included sour cream and butter — all the makings of a rich, moist cake. I made my own sugared pecans, created the garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and cranberries, and served it for dessert.
I can’t give you the recipe, but I can share the photo. Why? This dessert was as dry as the Mojave Desert! That happens to all of us. Did it ruin the dinner? The night? Nah…hospitality reigned.
But you have to admit, it sure was a pretty cake.