Thoughts from this month's judge - Maggie Daniel Caldwell - were posted today. Maggie blogs at Life in a Skillet and was our guest judge for this month's Cook the Books. Click to read: Thoughts (and a Winner!) from Maggie Daniel Caldwell.
Maggie did a phenomenal job of reading, reflecting, and writing comments on each and every entry. How sweet!
First, here's what she wrote about my entry (Hummingbird Cake)
Camilla: I'd never heard of Hummingbird Cake before and enjoyed the scan of that original recipe. It reminds me a bit of the pineapple upside down cake that Mom always makes for my dad's birthday. Your Kitchen Elves are quite accomplished at marzipan - I'm jealous!
Then, after going through all of our entries, Maggie shared this...
With all of these great blog posts, you can see that it was difficult to choose a winner. But I awoke very early this morning, before dawn, with a very clear notion of who should be the winner: Culinary Creations with Camilla. Just like Angel, who baked cakes as a means to solve problems, Camilla baked a cake to help solve the problem of honoring a book she just didn't care for. Her Hummingbird Cake was brightly colored and the marzipan birds intricate and festive - both details of which Angel would wholeheartedly approve. Best of all, though, she involved her "kitchen elves" in its creation. For me, engaging by cooking with others - especially your children, in this case - really captured the spirit of "Baking Cakes in Kigali."
Congratulations Camilla! Please share your win with the fabulous 'kitchen elves" that helped create your beautiful Hummingbird Cake.
Will do, will do. They will be so excited! Thank you for your kind words, Maggie. You really made me smile this afternoon.