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“C” is for Cake–Created by Father and Daughter



Red Velvet cheesecake

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, smell the aroma of hot baking chocolate, as the red velvet pound cake is brought out of the oven….mmmmmm. Now, in your mind’s eye, see and smell the moist, warm, delicious, velvety pound cake  as you cut into it and the steam rises! The white chocolate icing poured over it a minute ago just adds to the anticipation as it slowly slides down the sides. Now open your eyes, and take a bite of that heavenly tasting cake served to you by ….oh my gracious…it’s my daughter Annie! She has become a Pastry Chef!

My husband Max is also quite a good baker, and enjoys it. He learned from his mother, and Max has made decorated cakes for our children and grandchildren for the last 43 years. It should not have surprised me that one of our daughters would take after the two of them. Our daughter Annie  went to Appalachian State University here in North Carolina where she earned a degree in business management and hospitality.  Last year she went back to school, surprising us by deciding she wanted a certificate as a pastry chef! I guess we were so used to Max being the baker in our family, we hadn’t yet realized the student might surpass the teacher, or at least team-up with him! Along the way, she learned a lot of other skills, like working with knives (yikes), sanitation and safety, artisan bread making (yum), and cake baking and decorating!  I remember when she began to make fondant flowers–oh my gracious, I had no idea she had such artistic, sculpting ability inside! (parents are always the last to know, the last to believe the talents of their own children–because they are CHILDREN–even at 30!) LOL  Today I want to show you some of her and some of Max’s incredible baking creations–from wedding cakes to gingerbread houses, they are both  gold medal winners!

Here’s wishing that you always get to eat incredible, mouth-watering, moist and delicious cake!

Annie’s cakes and creations:


Max’s cakes, a few:


Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

11 thoughts on ““C” is for Cake–Created by Father and Daughter

  1. Now I want cake! Yum! And what talent.

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  2. Oh, yum! I think I need to bake a cake now. Spice cake with whipped, cream cheese frosting. Toodles.

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  3. legreene515, thank you so much for coming by and for taking time to comment. I’m glad you got the sensations! yes!


  4. Scarlet Embers, first off, I want you to know how much I love your name! It is just so perfect! I only wish I had thought of it first! I know, living with these two makes me want cake all the time! LOL Spice cake with whipped, cream cheese frosting–I told my daughter,a nd I think she’s in the kitchen whipping it up! LOL Thanks for the inspiration. Helen


  5. This is just terrific! What a well-fed household you must have.

    I love the look on your beautiful daughter’s face in the photos where she is showing her work. Such well-deserved pride. 🙂


  6. It is amazing to me, as I do not cook at all! LOL they are living out theur heritage everytime they create these masterpeices. thanks so much Christine for coming by and for sharing ! I appreciate it greatly! Helen


  7. Oh, this is wonderful! It reminds me of baking with my mother and my daughter. I use to bake a lot when my kids were little. Now I bake clay! 🙂

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  8. Thank you Melinda and i am so glad it brings good memories. Thank you for sharing with me! Helen

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  9. My pleasure Helen! 🙂


  10. Those are pretty awesome!


  11. Thanks KL Phelps, making a Star Wars cake is on the short list! I appreciate your coming by.


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