How Sweet It Is
Kero's reading a manga when he smells something good. It turns out to be coming from downstairs, where Sakura's baking a cake with her dad. Suddenly, the loud sound of manga toppling forces Sakura to head upstairs before her dad can suspect anything. It turns out she's getting some practice for tomorrow's home economics class, and promises to bring Kero some if it turns out good.
At school, the students are all preparing for the class. Nikki is nervous as usual, but Madison reassures her that Rita and Chelsea will be of great help in her group, and eventually, the three decide on a strawberry shortcake. Li plans on doing a custard cake, since it's easy, but in comes Meilin with designs on, what else? A wedding cake! Sakura and Madison look at a chocolate cake recipe, when all of a sudden, Ms. Mckenzie shows up suddenly to wish them luck. Sakura promises that she'll bring her a slice if it's good.
The two girls spot Li, who's spying on some bakers to try and get some pointers. Julian meets up with them, and Sakura asks what kind of cakes he likes. Turns out he likes all cakes, including chocolate and custard. With their simultaneous response, Sakura and Li gaze at each other in rivalry for Julian's attention.
Meilin is getting some practice in of her own. Increasingly impatient at waiting for the oven to work its magic on the cake, she decides to crank the heat up. That can't end well. Li ends up breathing fumes as he gets home. She wanted to make the cake to surprise him. "Mission accomplished
." Enraged, Meilin goes out to get more ingredients to try again, with Li making a futile effort to call her back to clean up.
And so, the cooking class begins. Everything seems to be going well, bar Meilin's ill-guided attempt to help out Li with his mixture, but something is off about their taste. "Too sweet!", says the entire class in unison. Kero simply thinks everyone messed up, but they all get another shot at it next week. Meilin tries to carefully study the recipe book to get better at the craft. "Oh, how I can be so perfect at everything else, but I am lousy at baking a stupid cake?" Oh, you silly girl. She gets the idea of some kind of magic to make her good, yet she's disheartened as then she wouldn't be able to use it. Li goes to her room and he just wanted to say that it wasn't her fault that the cake didn't turn out right. How sweet those words are, somehow. Regardless, she's spurred on to do her best. Sakura is ready to make her cake perfect too after seeing the artistry at the bakery. Yet, there's something strange about how the collective class's cakes turned out. Li's Clow senses are tingling. A reflection suddenly appears at the glass. Ms. Stalker, er, Mckenzie. In her usual seemingly reassuring, yet strangely detached voice, she remarks that she's craving something sweet, and wishes Sakura luck at her second try.
Sakura's class is not the only one that had problems. The other home ec. class had their cakes turn out all sweet too! "Maybe a Clow Card is behind this." Uh, yeah, ya think? Still, this time, Madison is even more prepared, very carefully measuring the sugar. Meilin seems to be fighting with the mixture with her forceful stirring. Ms. Mckenzie appears for a bit at the door, sparking Li's usual suspicions. And back at home, Kero suddenly realizes that maybe, it wasn't just a coincidence. Been snoozing on the job for too long, he has.
Sakura and Li naturally stay behind during break to prepare for Clow Card hunting, and Kero tells her that The Sweet◊
card is behind this. Well aware this is a timed mission, they feel around the classroom, finding this little pixie sprinkling dust on a cake. Sakura closes the doors as Li chases it like a fly right into a bag of flour. The Sweet card continues its flight, turning the classroom into Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Li gets the idea of using his own cake to lure it, but Sakura insists it's not worth sabotaging his groups' efforts even though time is running out. She gets her own idea of throwing salt on it, and Li manages to immobilize it with an entire bag. After its capture, the classroom returns to normal, and it seems they won't have to deal with cleaning up any salt mess either.
The cakes turned out nicely after all. Meilin invites Li to try some of hers, and they both realize it's awful. The teacher suggests she just mixed it too much. That must be humiliating.
Julian and Tori try out Sakura's cake, and even Tori is impressed in his own sarcastic way. Li looks on behind the fence, when a pair of hands reach out in front of his eyes. "Guess who?" Li's not interested, wanting to be left alone. Meilin rushes after him anyway, excited to try again and get the cake right this time! So persistent, and yet, you gotta love her spirit.
"Hey are you listening Li? Li?"