IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #23 Describe an occasion that you had a cake that was special

Describe an occasion that you had a cake that was special. You should say:
What kind of cake it was. When you ate the cake Whom you are with
And explain why you think it was special.

Sample answer:

I would like to talk about one of my best friends’ birthday last year which was an unforgettable occasion because of a really special cake. While I do not have a sweet tooth, most of my friends are big fans of confections. Some of them are even addicted to both sweet and savory pastries. That’s why they decided to make a delicious Red velvet cake as a birthday gift for Kelly- one of my best friends.

Despite my limited baking skills, I rolled up my sleeves and gave them a hand. When Kelly saw the beautiful Red cake, she was totally astonished since she knew none of us were actually a decent cook. You know what, we were quarreling all day long only to make up our mind whether we wanted to make Choco Lava or simple cupcakes. We almost messed it all up before finishing the Red velvet cake at the end of the day. Luckily, the cake wasn’t so bad. The cream was rich and the color was just right. Kelly agreed that it was, however, a bit oversweet because we somehow decided ten teaspoons of sugar would be reasonable. But, Kelly said she loved it as much as she loved us and this birthday party couldn’t be any happier.

To be honest, it doesn’t matter how well-designed or expensive your gift may be, but it is the effort that counts and my cake proves just that.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you think it is important to have dinner with family?
    I have to admit that it’s extremely vital that family members spend their time together at the dinner table. The most obvious explanation for this is that this can strengthen family bonds and help the whole family get on well with one another. To be more specific, during a meal, they can share their stories and trouble in life, receive valuable advice to sort out their problems. At the end of the day, people can build a close-knit family and forget about all the difficulties in their life
  2. Why do some people not always eat with their family?
    I personally feel that a number of factors are responsible for why some people in modern society refuse to have a meal with other family members. One of the reasons is the lack of time caused by increasing pressure from work or study. A case in point is that my high school friend often spends more than 8 hours a day studying and preparing for the university entrance exam that he can hardly manage any hour for eating with his parents.
    The second explanation is the generation gap. To put it simply, youngsters today love eating out with their friends rather than sitting at the table and being asked several questions about private matters like “What is going on with your study”, or “Do you have a girlfriend?”
  3. How often do people in your country eat with their (work) colleagues or with their fellow students?
    From time to time, I would say. It is not difficult to catch sight of many coworkers gather outside the company and head off to a local street vendor to have something to eat together or have a drink at least. As for the fellow students, they tend to go straight home after school as their parents often wait and pick them up. Even so, they would ask each other out whenever possible to have some chitchat about their study
  4. In your country is food important?
    Absolutely it matters a lot. Food is of great concern to people in all parts of my country. What I’m trying to say is Vietnamese people boast of their diverse and exotic cuisine, with different dishes, like you can have phở , bánh chưng, bánh dày and so on. This means that it has become part of our customs and traditions, not just a nourishing stuff.
  5. Tell me about the types of food that people eat in your country (What foods are popular in your country?
    In my country, the Vietnamese, rice is a staple food. We eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rice comes with different kinds of viand (piece of food, or a tasty dish) such as pork, beef or chicken cooked with vegetables or fruits and other ingredients. Since my country is located in the tropics, tropical fruits are also popular here especially mangoes. They say that the best mangoes can be found in the Vietnamese. We also like to eat bread for breakfast or for snacks.
  6. How healthy is your country’s food?
    It is the choice of the people whether to eat healthy or unhealthy food. In my country, there are many choices of healthy food especially vegetables and fruits. However, I don’t think that people eat much healthy foods nowadays because of the presence of fast food and processed foods. Also, many dishes in my country is usually greasy and salty which I think are not very healthy.
  7. More and more people are becoming overweight nowadays. What do you think might be the causes of this?
    One major consequence of eating fast food every day is excess calorie consumption. Most fast food contains calories from refined sugar and fats. It is also high in sodium from salt and other addictive substance which can cause someone to eat it more and more. Consuming more calories than human needs leads to obesity which causes some health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
  8. Do you think people enjoy their food as much as they should?
    I don’t know really … I suppose it’s true that people will often eat a quick snack because they’re bored not because they’re dying of hunger and often they just bolt it down and don’t savor it … so yes … perhaps we could take more time over our food …
  9. At different times, people will choose different food?
    It may somehow depend on their personal moods and the circumstances in which they are in. When someone is down in the dumps, they are more likely to drink and eat every little, and instead they give more time to think about how to get over that stor my period in their life. In contrast, if a person is in high spirits after winning the lottery or passing the exam with flying colors, the chances are that they will throw a big party with different beverages, foods and fruits, and eat to their heart’s content.

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