"... let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me ..."
I think a cake should taste as good as it looks. That's why I invest as much time in the ingredients as I do on the decorations.
... I also think that a beautifully arranged table full of cookies and mini créme brûlée can have just as much impact as a seven tiered cake.
My favorite smell in the entire world is a stick of fresh, unsalted butter.