My first look at a strawberry cake was a storybook illustration picturing a big pink cake dotted with plump red strawberries. My mother made red velvet cake and something called “prune cake” along with the basic chocolate and white cakes, but strawberry wasn’t in her repertoire. I finally tasted strawberry cake at some relative’s farm in Texas. It tasted as good as it looked in the book.
If the actual apocalypse arrives soon, it will find “This Is the End” a hard act to follow. A rip-roaring fire-and-brimstone comedy with shocks and special effects that are more startling if not more “realistic” than those found in “serious” blockbusters, the movie is vulgar, violent and grotesque in the extreme.