Ruth lives to bake cakes. For any occasion, at any time of the day or night, Ruth will pill out flour, eggs, and richly-scented vanilla extract and set to work on a delicious concoction. As Eat Cake
begins, Ruth's husband, a successful hospital administrator, has just lost his job in a merger; her elderly mother has just come to live with them after a frightening break-in; her smart-aleck daughter is failing to keep the misery of adolescence to herself; and Ruth's lounge-singer father, long estranged from her mother, turns up at the door with shattered wrists and no place else to go.
In the past, whenever life got to be too much, Ruth would imagine herself in the warm, comforting center of a gigantic bundt cake. Now, with her family more out of control than ever, she imagines a far more practical way in which cake just might save the day.