Being asked to make a dessert for Madison Main Street Program‘s Dessert Auction, I turned to two of my favorite food blogs (Brown Eyed Baker & The Little Epicurean) for inspiration. Their desserts are amazing, so I’ve chosen a mouthwatering cake recipe from each. Get ready to bid high on a Hummingbird Cake and a Nutty Espresso Cake!

Hummingbird Cake from

Hummingbird Cake is a classic Southern recipe loaded with banana, pineapple, toasted pecans and topped with cream cheese frosting. The recipe I’ll be making is from the food blog, Brown Eyed Baker, and makes a super moist 3-layer 8-inch cake. Here’s the recipe.

Nutty Espresso Cake from

Nutty Espresso Cake features espresso infused cake layers for a gentle mocha flavor, roasted pecans and hazelnuts, and brown butter buttercream frosting. The original recipe is from the food blog, The Little Eipcurean, and makes a moist 3-layer 6-inch cake. For the Dessert Auction, I’ll be making a 2-layer 8-inch version of the cake. Here’s the recipe.

My cakes will be made just before the June 9th event, so the beautiful cake photos shown in this post are from the bloggers’ websites. As I mentioned earlier – inspirational!

The Dessert Auction & Gala is the organization’s opportunity to present awards that recognize business achievements and thank supporters. The event offers attendees a chance to connect with the community, compete in the cake auction for a dream dessert, & enjoy a night with Madison Main Street. And who couldn’t use a night of networking, laughter, fun, and entertainment! Tickets for the evening at Red Bicycle Hall (125 East Main Street, Madison, IN 47250) are $25/person and registration is available online.

The Madison Main Street Program does a terrific job working to enhance our historic downtown community to the benefit of its business owners and residents. As a former Main Street business owner and a current resident of the downtown historic district, I appreciate the vitality the Main Street Program’s efforts bring. I love shopping at the Madison Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. I love Music in the Park and look forward to this summer’s schedule that begins this month. Ken and I are happily signed up to volunteer at the annual Loft Tour on October 2nd. I love that “going out for dinner” is just a short walk from home. Simply, I love the vibe of our healthy historic downtown business district that’s not only my personal stomping grounds, but a treasured destination to thousands of visitors looking for exactly what we have.

So, of course, I’m going to bake two desserts for the Annual Dessert Auction and Gala. Nothing could make me happier. And I hope I see a good crowd at Red Bicycle Hall for the event, and that you might be there, too!

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One thing that makes my journey unique is that all of my interests are driven by a joyful and genuine curiosity. I delight in finding less expensive ways to make something or creative ways to enjoy something longer. Finding and creating joy - and sharing it - is core to who I am.