Hi, I’m Beth! Thanks so much for visiting bethcakes.com!
how I got my start:
A lot of people ask me how I got started baking. They ask if my mom bakes, or if my grandmothers are into baking, and those sort of questions. One of my grandmothers used to make incredible cakes for our birthdays when I was growing up, and my other grandmother is the kind of baker that is known for her pies and cakes, but will never reveal her secrets. But the truth about my baking obsession is that it started when I was in college and began making ridiculous cakes for my friends’ birthdays.
I started my first baking blog, The Collegiate Baker, when I was a sophomore at the University of Alabama. At the time, I was living in a very old dorm, but it was the only dorm with full kitchens in each unit. I’m not sure why, but for some reason, I thought, Hey. I’m going to learn how to use this oven. That might not seem like an unsually crazy thought, but it was. The oven was half-sized and a thousand years old. There was one large eye and three little eyes on the stovetop, and usually only one of them worked at any given time. The thermometer in the oven was way off, and most normal sized pans didn’t fit in it. Honestly, I don’t like to think about what happened in that oven before I used it, or how long it had been there. But that’s where I got my start, and, thankfully, I’ve come a long way since then.
On this site, you’ll find all kinds of sweets. Cakes are my favorite, but there are just so many things to bake and flavors to try. It’d be hard to limit it all to just one kind of dessert. I have a monstrous sweet tooth, so giant swirls of frosting and colorful sprinkles give me life. I also love pretending like I’m a bartender and like I totally know when I’m doing when it comes to alcoholic beverages. To balance out all the calories and sugar, I occasionally post recipes that are a little bit on the healthier side.
I consider myself a self-taught, amateur baker, and especially an amateur photographer. I was not expecting to dive into photography when I started blogging; I just thought it’d be fun to share recipes. After college–when I created bethcakes–I decided to get more serious about blogging, and that meant better photos. I get so much inspiration from other food blogs and just love scrolling through beautiful images. I adore food styling and props, although I don’t think I’ve got that nailed down yet. It’s a work in progress for sure!
I have a Nikon D5200 and pretty much always shoot with a 50mm lens.
a little bit more about me:
I graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2013 (roooollll tide), and was lucky enough to get an internship with MyRecipes.com. I was there for about a year-and-a-half before I desperately needed a full time job, and took one with a law firm. (That was a dark time. I’m still not over it. 😛 ) But thankfully I’m back in the food industry now, and I am so in love with my job as a menu editor at eMeals, which is a meal planning service that provides subscribers with a week full of healthy recipes, a detailed shopping list, and a really sweet app that makes your life a thousand times easier. I’m a big fan of it in case you can’t tell. 🙂
So, I hope you enjoy my sugar-filled recipes, and please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or questions!
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