Welcome to Terri Bakes!

I am a baking and cake decorating instructor, teaching in retail, community and private venues. Have buttercream will travel- I can bring the class to you.

As a young girl, I was fascinated by the beautiful towering cakes made by my Great-aunt Fronnie. It was like watching a magician as she pulled pans filled with dark delicious cake from the oven. She then would crack eggs and pour sugar and whip up the most beautiful white frosting that would be thinly spread upon perfectly divided chocolate layers of deliciousness. I was in Love! I spent hours going through my mother’s Southern Living Magazines only stopping to closely examine any articles about baking. I tore off every cover that had a showstopping creation gracing the cover.

Today, I watch the Food Network, the Great American Baking Show and the Great British Baking Show with great admiration for those who make the cut and for Mary Berry and “no soggy bottoms”.  I love, love, love King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT.  I travel to KAF every couple of years for classes.  In September, I will be attending the King Arthur Flour Bakers Conference in Vermont. It will be 2 full days of baking heaven.

Collecting cookbooks is an obsession of mine, especially any out of print or vintage books. I have almost every year of the Southern Living Annual Recipe books. I recently discovered  “”Let’s Bake” with Beulah Ledner:A legendary New Orleans Lady”  while combing through the State Library of Louisiana online catalog. This tiny lady, a housewife and a mother living in New Orleans introduced us to the mulit-layered French Doberge. I used her recipe to make my birthday cake. See “It started with a Lemon Meringue Pie.”

I live in my hometown Moss Bluff, LA with my patient husband who has come to accept you can never have too many bundt pans.