I'm Bronwen and go by "Bron" a lot of the time for simplicity's sake. (My name is Welsh, my mother got it out of a book called "How Green Was My Valley"--fantastic fictionalized account of a Christian Welsh coalmining family's life. "Bronwen" means "fair lady" in Welsh. When I was ten, my Tennesseean granddaddy did some family genealogy and discovered that lo and behold, not only is the family Scots-Irish, but Welsh as well! So my name was pretty nifty in two ways.) I'm a Native Southerner, originally from Texas, with my mother's family from Tennessee (and some hail from around the Nashville area, where Anne is based) and now happily living in Central Florida. I'm 46 years old and happy about that, especially considering the alternative
. I'm married, have one child--my dd in college in Texas, and two half-grown kitties here at home: Bluebonnet and Dixie.
Here are my favorites from The CMD. Oh, and I am thrilled that soon there will be a Cupcakes book, as I love making and decorating cupcakes for church functions and sharing around our apartment complex too!
Thank you, Anne, for all the great books you've done and continue to create. May I put in a request for a Cookies book? I can just imagine how creative a Cookies book would be from your heart.
And now, for my personal favorites from CMD!
1. Banana Cake with Quick Caramel Frosting -- tastes as fabulous as my granddaddy's recipe, without all the tedious watching of the sugar to caramelize for the frosting. I have gotten so many compliments for this cake ALONE and when I tell folks where I got it, they don't believe me until I show 'em the book! LOL
2. Sock-It-To-Me Cake--a deadringer for the recipe (which I lost) that I used to make back when I was growin' up in the 60s and 70s. DEE-licious and deep cinnamon flavor that stays on your tongue and gets you cravin' more.
3. Tennessee Jam Cake -- again, happy memories of family gatherings ensue when I put this cake together, smell the blackberry jam, make the caramel frosting--and it's SO much less work and time than my great-aunt's recipe entails. But it tastes JUST the same. Anne, my hat is off to you, lady--I am so glad you are a Southerner, so when you made the CMD you were inspired to recreate so many Southern-style cakes/desserts! As my Texas and Tennessee families would say "You done good!"
4. Caramel Cake -- see above, "ditto"! Caramel Cake hits the spot with peach icecream, as Anne recommends. I would go further and say that Blue Bell's peach icecream is the absolute best. O'course, that's just my opinion .
5. Mom's Layer Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting -- because it's a 'comfort food cake'. Perfect with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla icecream. Excellent as a birthday cake (I've made it for my own birthday!, particularly when raspberry jam is sandwiched between the layers. MMM! Cain't beat that with a stick, no way.
6. Milk Chocolate Pound Cake -- I love milk chocolate as opposed to semisweet or dark, and also enjoy dutch-process cocoa's flavor and the way it easily mixes into cake mixes for that unique taste.(I haven't tried doing that in this particular recipe, yet, though.) This poundcake hits the spot with the candybars in it. Very soothing to the milk chocolate-covered soul; has the effect of an edible 'band aid' for those blue days.
7. Old-Fashioned Cola Cake -- where I come from, that's "Coke" and *only* Coke, or Coca-Cola Cake. Tastes, again, just like the from-scratch version--which I have been makin' nigh onto 20 years at this point. I was very skeptical about this 'un, as I just flat out didn't think you could make a Coke Cake from a box. BEEEEEEP! WRONG! Tastes just like my old recipe and no one is the wiser for the shortcuts, either. Ya-hoo!
Well, I reckon I best stop right there; otherwise this first post will grow like Topsy. :>) I'm lookin' forward to meetin' and gittin' to know my fellow bakers here on CMD's board, and sharin' and tweakin' recipes with all o' y'all.
As I was frequently admonished growing up in the South:
"Be sweet, now!"--