Being Creative

I admit—I’m addicted to the Holiday Baking Championship shows. The Thanksgiving, holiday, Easter, bake-off with champions, kids. All of them.


Handsome thinks I’m hilarious. “But you don’t bake much.”

“I know. I just like watching their creativity in the challenges.”

For example: the opening episode of 2019 had the bakers using pumpkin spice in their confections. The winner of that heat had made a baby cake with homemade cranberry jam in the center and a flavored whipped cream. Another baker had started with a panna cotta; however, she hadn’t put in enough gelatin and had to think fast. She made a mousse and her bottom crust became a cookie. See how different their entries were?


grandmother My grandmother made Tomato Cake every Thanksgiving. It’s an old recipe developed during WW2. The unusual ingredient is Tomato Soup. Now before you get all weirdly freaked, know her cake never tasted like tomato soup. It had all the lovely spices used in holiday recipes, raisins, and dates. And once, she got all radical and added chopped canned pears and walnuts. Trust me when I say it was absolutely delicious.

After Grandmother had passed, my sister decided to make her cake and my sister’s twist was to add pineapple cream cheese frosting.

Quite startling for those of us who knew the all-time fav but was very tasty. Then most desserts with cream cheese frosting are very yummy.

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The same thing can be said about writing. So many of us write in lots of genres. I tend to stick with romantic comedy shorts and mysteries; however, I have written shorts with magical elements.

When I decided to add “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off” to the Whispers of Winter holiday anthology, I reviewed and revised. I became more creative.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Vicki, Your grandmother’s tomato cake sounds interesting. Best of luck with Whispers of Winter. 🙂

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  2. Vicki says:

    Thanks, Joanne! Let me know if you’d like her recipe. I promise it doesn’t taste weird. Hugs!


  3. Melissa Keir says:

    I’ve never had a tomato cake. It sounds like one to try. You should enter it into a contest. I’d probably win!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Vicki says:

      For a cookbook I edited years ago, I subbed Tomato Cake, only I renamed it to Grandmother’s Cake so It wouldn’t scare away people. 🙂


  4. Tomato cake is a new one on me. I’ve never heard of it.

    Best wishes for your book. May you have many sales.



  5. Kathryn Jane says:

    Tomato cake? Heck, why not 😀


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