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Hello, I’m Cate!

I’m so excited you’re here!

If you’re looking for easy international dessert recipes to add to your everyday, holiday or special occasion meal plan, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to the IDB!

Why international desserts, sweets, and snacks?

After growing up in Oregon, I spent some of my teens and 20s living in Germany. I LOVED living abroad and missed Europe terribly when I moved back to the US.

I never say no to gelato.

Fortunately, my husband and I love to travel, and my career in international education has taken me not only back to Europe but also to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia, and all over North America…and I of course enjoyed delicious treats all along the way.

While I’m a life-long travel lover, I’m 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 cooking or baking while growing up.

But then something shifted.

While studying for my German PhD 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.

Before I could bake, I made cake hats with real icing and candles.

I started making cakes and cupcakes for friends, family, and colleagues when I was at home between work trips. Then, a few years later, I realized I didn’t have to wait to go to Europe to enjoy my favorite desserts and sweets – I could make them in my own kitchen in North Carolina!

I started the IDB to share the desserts, sweets, and snacks I’ve learned how to make over the years, and to encourage, support, and inspire others who have an interest in international baking and culinary travel.

I used to teach German…now I teach virtual baking classes!

I make a lot of German and other European treats because those are what I’m most familiar with. But I’m always experimenting and learning about sweet treats from all over the world.

I’ve learned a lot about baking international treats over the years and I look forward to sharing my recipes, experiences, and tips with you!

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