French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Last Friday I started Dr. Oz’s 3-Day cleanse, and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be–at first. Usually I’ll fast at the beginning of the year to clean out my system from all the lovely meals and treats that I enjoyed over the quarter-long celebration season–which begins […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I finished writing my first novel on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:08pm EDT, and I celebrated with cake. In January, I started with one idea that developed into a contemporary romance novel that transformed into a great story about family, love, happiness and faith. It celebrates starting over and second chances. And the love scenes […]

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

Five years ago I competed in my first bake-off and won. The contest fell into my lap when I was on the Nordic Ware website looking for a new bundt pan. The only thing I can remember about the site was that it stated someone could win $10,000 for making a cake.  I knew how […]

Not PawPaw’s Fruitcake

Not PawPaw’s Fruitcake

Every Christmas my husband’s grandfather invited his family to partake of his treasured fruitcake.  And every year they declined his generous offer. At first PawPaw was met with polite refusals, such as “No, thank you” or ”Maybe later.”  But after 10 years of the same cake the cordial declinations turned ugly. “No, thank you” and “Maybe later” transformed […]

Vanilla Marmalade Cake with Strawberries and Cream

Vanilla Marmalade Cake with Strawberries and Cream

I have been wanting to make a marmalade cake since I found the recipe in the April 2012 issue of Bon Appetite magazine. I never got around to it, but I thought eventially I would be inspired to give the recipe a try. Months went by and I was not interested in re-creating that recipe, it seemed like […]

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

My friend Emma Merisier is the Southern Cake Queen.  She has this awesome mobile cupcakery in Charlotte. (I just love that word—cupcakery.)  It’s a big, pink cupcake bakery on wheels! Emma is just as vibrant and inviting as her fabulous pink truck!  And she makes scrumptiously delicious cupcakes from scratch. On any given Saturday you can find […]

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Pound Cake

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Pound Cake

It has taken me several months to get this blog up and running.  I think I was just making it harder than it needed to be.  I was plagued with thoughts of not knowing what to write about and not coming off as a total cornball.  Well, I had to accept the fact that I […]