I'm the owner of Mary's Cakes and Pastries, a specialty bakery that offers unique wedding cakes, grooms cakes and celebration cakes -- all baked fresh in historic downtown Northport, Alabama.
I am also the author of "Marys Cakes Favorite Recipes".
Before I went to culinary school and started baking, I was a management consultant in the Forest industry. In that job, I traveled a lot on business, over a million miles, enough to make me a Premier Exec for life on United. The best part of going to cities like New York or Paris was peeking in the large windows of the bakeries and pastry shops, with the pretty rows of perfectly decorated pastries and intricately iced cakes. They appealed to the artistic side of me.
So when I came to a career crossroads, I went south. To Alabama.
Mary's Cakes has turned into a popular bakery, where the locals love to come and get their coffee and a blueberry scone. We have a lot of regular customers whom we consider our friends. We make everything in the shop. We love what we do. We even have a blues song written about us!
When I opened Mary's Cakes, I had no idea what it would be like to actually run a bakery. This blog chronicles the daily goings-on at the bakery, and includes lots of recipes, unsolicited advice, and other random stuff.
I hope you like it.
p.s. That's Panda in the photo with me. My other dog, Foxy, would be jealous if she had any idea she was left out.