Saturday, November 8, 2008

My first post!

I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time. I have enjoyed reading other blogs about baking and I finally decided that its time for mine! I hope you will enjoy following my baking adventures.

I guess it all started about 20 years ago here in the small West African country where I live with my husband and 3 kids. I didn't have any kids back then! I had never really done much baking but I was willing to try out some recipes since there weren't any bakeries here that had nice cakes to buy. I was used to buying birthday cakes growing up in the USA, but when I moved over here I had no choice but to make my own.

It seems that no one here had eaten delicious American cakes! One of the first cakes that I remember making was a chocolate roll cake with 7 minute frosting. That icing made a real sensation in town! It was as though people couldn't get enough of it and the demand began. I had made that cake for a nice lady's birthday and she then said her friend who had a casino(!) would like to have one every week. So I started supplying that to her. Then the word spread that an American lady was making nice cakes and I started getting orders from others. I never advertised but the word of mouth reached alot of people and I started to become busy. This business was still a type of hobby as I was working full time in the government hospital in the capital and at one point my income from cakes was far exceeding my salary in the hospital!

Making a long story short, supplying supermarkets, restaurants, and coffee shops with cakes over the years and countless birthday parties have kept me busy! I left the hospital after my second child was born and have been too busy baking to go back to it!:-)

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