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. 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!
On this site, you’ll find all kinds of recipes. I bake tons of cakes with large swirls of frosting, cupcakes that have just as much frosting as cake, brownies with all kinds of things thrown in, creamy pies, and fruity drinks. I hope to include some cooking and healthier options on this blog as well, but I can’t make any promises. 😉
I’ve lived in Alabama my whole life, and I love digging into classic, Southern recipes. My grandmother had an extensive recipe collection, so you’ll see some of those here as well. Y’all.
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.
my day job:
I graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2013, and was lucky enough to get an internship with MyRecipes.com in July. MyRecipes, which is owned by Time Inc, is a database recipe site for Time Inc’s lifestyle+recipe magazines, like Southern Living, Cooking Light, Food and Wine, Health, and many others. How does that work? Well, if you click the link to a recipe on Southern Living‘s website, it will take you to MyRecipes.com. That’s where the recipes “live.” I worked there for about 1 year and a half, and feel so lucky and blessed to have landed a job in the field I studied and am interested in so quickly out of college.
Now I’ve moved on to my second job, which is at a law firm here in town. It is definitely a new adventure for me, and I will continue to post on this site and create recipes and baked goods in my free time!
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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