about

gradpicHello! Thanks so much for visiting bethcakes.com! My name is Beth, but you may also see it as Elizabeth in random places on the site. I’ve always kind of wanted Elizabeth to be my “professional” or “publishing” name, which is silly because almost everyone I know calls me Beth.

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. I remember one of my grandmothers baking beautiful cakes for birthdays when I was younger, but my real obsession with baking sweet and sugary things began when I was in college.

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. Basically, that means there was an oven in our kitchen. 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 – like half the size of a normal oven, maybe even smaller. 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!

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How to Make a Globe Cake from The Collegiate Baker!

On this website, you’ll find all kinds of recipes. If you followed my previous blog at all, you know I bake tons of cakes with lots of frosting, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, the works. I hope to include some cooking and healthier options on this new blog as well!

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, but it’s become one of my new hobbies (you’re probably very aware of this if you follow me on Instagram) and I’m trying to learn everything I can about it.

A couple months ago, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing. In addition to blogging, baking, and cooking, I love to write in general. I’m hoping this website will eventually be a place where I can include all of my little hobbies and interests. So in addition to cakes and tons of sugar, you may see some DIY posts, some book and movie reviews, and maybe even a little of my food/recipe poems.

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One of the many prop closets at work.

In July I started my first post-college job. I’m currently interning at MyRecipes.com and it is so incredibly fun! In case you don’t know, it’s sort of a database website for all the recipes from Southern Living, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, and a few from several other magazines. So, for example, if you click on a recipe on Southern Living’s website, it will take you to MyRecipes.com! I’m looking at recipes all day, my friends bring me treats from the test kitchens, and I get to blog there too! I apologize in advance if I mention it too many times in my posts here, but I’m learning so many new things and I love sharing them!

I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts, and please don’t hesitate to email me at bethcakesblog@gmail.com if you have any comments or questions!

 

 

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Beth