My name is Cate, and welcome to the International Desserts Blog (IDB)!
I share recipes that look and taste amazing but are easy to make from scratch using simple whole(some) ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I also share food-focused travel guides for Germany, Europe, and beyond.
Baking and traveling are two of my favorites activities, and I’m thrilled that you’re joining me on this sweet adventure!
When I travel, I love exploring the local culture through food, especially a country’s sweet treats. You can learn so much about a place by looking at how they use (or don’t use) sugar!
When not traveling, I feed my global heart by making travel-inspired desserts in my adopted home of North Carolina, USA.
Why an international desserts blog?
After growing up in Oregon, I spent some of my teens and 20s living in Germany, taking epic train trips all over Europe (like Germany to Greece and back), and making cake hats with real icing and candles . 😀
Since then, my 20+ year career in international education has taken me beyond Europe to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia, and all over North America. It’s been a pretty sweet career.
While I’m a life-long travel lover, I’m definitely a late-bloomer when it comes to baking. Besides cakes in my Easy Bake Oven and the odd batch of chocolate chip cookies, I had zero interest in baking while growing up. In fact, I rejected all things domestic until well into my 30s.
But then something shifted. While studying for my German PhD comprehensive exams I decided I needed a hobby that didn’t involve reading or analyzing data. Inspired by the beautiful birthday cakes my mom made while I was growing up, I took a cake decorating class.
That’s when I discovered how much I enjoy making and sharing sweet treats. I started baking cakes and cupcakes to share with friends, family, and colleagues. Then I realized I could make all of my favorite European treats in my own little kitchen in North Carolina.
Now I happily spend my free time cooking and baking, compare cookie sheets on Amazon for fun, and have gotten pretty good at all things domestic, much to my surprise! These days I appreciate a well stocked and organized kitchen as much as a well-packed carry-on. 😀
Ready to Start Your Sweet Adventure?
Then, to my guide for getting started on IDB or check out one of these popular posts:
- How to make English golden syrup
- German “Bee Sting” Cake (Bienenstich)
- Crustless German cheesecake
- 10 must-try German desserts
- Best cities to visit in Germany
- Icelandic chocolate: 9 sweets to try or avoid in Iceland
- Ultimate guide to buying the best travel purse
And sure to grab your copy of my European Christmas Cookies ebook!