White’s Pastry Shop: Hingham, MA

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Two Thursdays ago was perhaps the happiest day of my life.

Long story made mini, I signed a two book deal with Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. 

I also squealed, cried, did a partial summersault, and told everyone at Starbucks that I loved them. whites_bakery_cake-03

My parents were over the moon

and I

I was seeing stars.

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My mother, swallowing tears in gulps, said in her syrupy thick Boston accent,

“Luv Luvs, we gotta celebrate. I’m going to White’s.”

I smiled, my taste memory tingling at the thought of one thickly sliced wedge of my very favorite cake in the whole wide world from my very favorite bakery in the even wider world.

And with that, she hung up the phone, swiped DeeDee from her pug post beside the living room window, and my two best girls drove forty minutes downward to Hingham, Massachusetts. The engine of my mother’s Carolla, I imagine, ferociously purring at 34mph on route 128.

Days later and many conversations in between, I arrived home from an hours-long writing session at Starbucks, to find this box.

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She mailed me all 10 inches of the world’s tenderest, oh oh oh, the most perfect double layer white cake with a layer of frosting so supremely generous that Santa Claus looks selfish.

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I smiled.

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I called her.

Mumma, wow.”

“Luv luvs, you got the cake?!”

DeeDee barked beside her.

“Mumma, I love it so much. I love it so, so much.”

“You see the bright colors of those mums I had them pipe on the top- beside “Congratulations Andrea!”? Aren’t they gorgeous?”

[She sent me a picture of the identical cake she bought my brother for his birthday last week.]

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“Ma, the whole thing- it’s incredible. The colors, the message, it all came out perfect…I mean, it got a little banged up on the cross country trip, but delicious just the same.”

“Oh no! Even after I wrapped it up tight? In the cake taker?”

“Yeah, it’s a little smooshed, but Mumma trust me, nothing-and I mean nothing- makes me happier than celebrating with this cake. Except if DeeDee were here and I could feed her a spoonful of frosting because you know how much she loves a good White’s cake.”

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“Oh good, sweetheart. Well you enjoy that cake. I know how much you love it. No one would appreciate it more. No one.”

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I called her again after my second scoop of cake and frosting mash, and told her that this, this very cake, was making me the happiest girl in the world.

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I called her again when I finished licking all of that fluffy, billowy white frosting from the edges of the cake box.

Told her that I loved her.

Then I whispered I loved her once more.

And again, just in case.

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Comments

  1. Johnny says

    You gotta love your Mom! She seems like a peach! I bet the cake was fantastic. :)

    Congratulations by the way!!!!

  2. says

    White’s is a BIG must-have for my boyfriend as well! We live approximately 2 minutes from the glorious place, so if there’s ever ANYTHING that calls for a celebration, we make a stop at White’s. The first time his nephew made a visit to town, he received a lovely white and blue “Welcome to Scituate, Baby Colin!” cake. Delish indeed :)

  3. maura says

    What a sweetheart. I’m actually from Hingham, MA so I too share your obsession with White’s Bakery. It’s out.of.this.world. Congrats again!

  4. tj says

    I knew this day would come. Super congrats on your MULTI-book deal. Looking forward to my signed copy;)
    On a serious note, if the publisher would like any testimonials from/about you and your blog, I would be honored to write one for you.
    I am so happy for you girl. Keep being amazing!
    TJ

  5. says

    This is quite possibly the sweetest mess I’ve ever seen — literally. I know you enjoyed every sugary, creamy morsel. Congratulations, once again!

  6. Ames says

    Congrats on the book deal! That is so AWESOME!!! Super sweet of your mama to send the cake and as always enjoyed the story. I don’t see anything wrong with some delish cake…even if it’s a lil banged up… okay!?! 😉 ha

  7. Jane in NC says

    I am thrilled to hear of your book deals! I just found you by way of my daughter and spent several hours reading your stories. Love your humor, love the way you perfectly describe weight and issues and insecurities and that you found how to overcome it all by allowing yourself to be yourself. I have been drawing inspiration from it since the moment I read it so thank you.

    I love your Mom for sending you the cake and you for loving it just the way it arrived. Best wishes to you for what I know is a very bright future and I look forward to your first book!

  8. Liz Vadset-Olver says

    I am so happy to hear about your book deal, congratulations!! And I know that cake tasted delicious no matter how it arrived, because it came from your mom’s heart. <3

  9. M.J. Jacobsen says

    Big congrats on your multi book deal from one of your biggest fans!!! :)
    Such a sweet mama you have, that cake looks fantastic even kinda smooshed!!

  10. Maryellen Mitchell says

    Hi honey,

    I am so sorry for the way that cake came to you, it was so beautiful (just like you!!!) when I bought it. I think the post office threw it extra hard on my account. As soon as I figure out how to send it intact, I will along with two loaves of cinnamon bread from Blue Moon Bagel.
    Love,
    Ma

  11. says

    First, Congratulations!!!
    Secondly, your relationship with your mom never fails to make me smile. (Ok, and tear up a little. I ADMIT IT) My Mom and I are very similar, but fortunately only 6 miles apart. Oh, and we’re also originally from Rhode Island. That accent is music to my ears.

  12. says

    Congrats on the book deal. So proud of you. Your mom sounds simply wonderful too. I bet the cake was delish and I have a feeling that your mom will figure out a way to send a cake intact with some cinnamon bread.

  13. says

    congratulations again! it’s still such wonderful, exciting news. do you have both books planned, or are you letting it develop from one to the other?

    that cake does look perfect just the way it is. i’m making my way through my first big thunderstorm by myself in my apartment, and was just looking around for things that made it feel cozy and like home. :-) i went for my mala and my favorite blanket. some perfect bakery cake would’ve been slightly better.

  14. says

    Amazing post! Totally had me choking back the tears over the relationship you have with your Mom. Congrats on the success! Can’t wait to hear more about the books.

  15. says

    Oh my gosh!! I know I could never even come close to amount of excitement you’re feeling right now, but I’m OVER THE MOON about your book deal! You’re my favorite blogger/blog by FAR and now there’s going to be book(s)???? Wow. My life just got awesome. Please keep us updated!

  16. says

    I love your mama, too. Love love love. Isn’t it amazing that someone can love you enough to send a cake across the country because it’s the way you celebrate? And from anyone else it wouldn’t be quite the same but from your mom it’s just that much better? Love.

  17. says

    Oh Andi, I knew you’d have your name on a book cover!! I can say I ‘knew’ you when… congratulations, and I can’t wait to buy your book! And this post brought tears to my eyes. You are a beautiful daughter. Beautiful.

  18. says

    Jumping… Squealing… Dancing… CELEBRATING! I KNEW you would get a book deal! I KNEW it! I am SO excited for you and I can’t wait until it’s officially published and I can go pick up my very own copy!!!!!

  19. Tara Walker says

    LOVE that your mother sent a cake cross country!!! AWESOME! I am not a cake person, but that looks fab!
    Congrats on the book – can’t wait to read it!

  20. Meg says

    fellow foodie here! lived in MA my whole life, on the South Shore…White’s is the go to if you are looking for some kind of delectable baked goodie!

    btw, love your blog to pieces, have made a number of your recipes and been very pleased!!! Congrats on the book!!!

  21. Diane K says

    Wow…this reminds me of my grandmother. My mothers first birthday away from home my grandmother sent Mom a birthday cake….and when it got to Mom the cake was of course mashed to pieces. But my grandmother always put money inside birthday cakes and as it happened mom didn’t have any change from the bus to get to her classes so she had to pick through the pile of bithday cake in order to get the money she needed for the bus!

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