I’ve always loved cooking and baking. I was the small child who used to wake up and watch HGTV and the Food Network instead of cartoons. When I was in the 4th grade, my BFF Emily and I went to a cooking camp at our teacher’s house. She sewed us homemade aprons and compiled recipe books for us to cook through that week. I vividly remember learning how to make lasagna, which was promptly taste-tested and approved by Hobie! That week gave me the opportunity to really be in the kitchen on my own, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’m always looking for ways to incorporate things I love into “Chasing Down Madison Brown” and in season one I made my dad’s favorite chocolate cake. It was a huge hit and so I’ve incorporated recipes into the show from time to time when I think it makes sense. Then last year, I thought heck, why not do an entire special?!
It was so much fun for me to do, that we decided to go for it again this year. When I was thinking of recipes, I knew that I wanted to do something strawberry. Besides it being my favorite fruit, it’s always such a crowd pleaser. I remembered this great cake that my mom made when I was growing up and asked her for the recipe. Wouldn’t you know, when she sent it to me I recognized the font from my beloved 4th grade cooking camp. I know a good “full circle” moment when I feel one, and so on last night’s episode, I got to share a cake from the camp that helped me fall in love with the kitchen two decades ago. I hope that this recipe brings you as much joy as sharing it with everyone brought me!