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Blogger Spotlight: Lil Miss Cakes (Melissa Kaye Apter)

chocolate crinkle cookies

The blogger spotlight is posted every Friday and gives us a little peek into the person behind the blog.  We are grateful to learn about all the wonderful bloggers out there and hope they continue to help us grow this kosher food community.

Today we shine our spotlight on Melissa Kaye Apter from  Melissa has become a favorite guest blogger of ours with her ever popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Hamantashen and Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies.  She has been baking from a very young age and clearly is also artistically talented (take a look at some of the cakes on her site).  Now it is time to find out more about Melissa.

Tell us about your blog and how you got started:

My blog is a place I created to share my adventures in baking.  I am always baking for customers, family and friends and figured that I might as well share my tips, tricks, and recipes with those that are interested.



What is your earliest cooking memory?

My earliest kitchen memory is very vivid and clear to me.  I remember baking banana bread with my mom.  I must have been 5 or six years old, but I clearly remember mixing the batter by hand and licking the bowl.

What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget?

I absolutely cannot live without my stand mixer.  It kneads my challah dough, whips my egg whites, and gently blends my cake batter.  Doing all these things by hand would be quite the workout!

oatmeal cream pies

Oatmeal Cream Pies

What’s your favorite kosher dish to cook?

Although I am known as a baker, and technically dessert is my specialty, I also love to cook.  I love to cook everything and anyththing.  I guess I would say that my favorite Kosher dish to create is potato kugel.  Making a good heimeshe potato kugel is a real science!  I had been struggling to make the perfect potato kugel for years before I got it right.

Who is your cooking inspiration?

My mom is my kitchen inspiration.  Although she is a great cook and is always cooking new and exciting dishes, my earliest memories are of my mom and me baking for the holidays.  I loved baking hamentaschen for Purim and sugar cookies for Chanukkah.

Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers:

My best kitchen trick is for baking perfectly even and round cookies.  To keep your cookies looking perfectly uniform, try using a small cookie scoop to portion your cookie dough out.  Not only will it speed up your baking process, but your cookies will look so professional!

Which recipes are you sharing with us today?

I would love to share my pareve recipes for Blondies, Oatmeal Cream Pies, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.


Melissa is a classically trained pastry chef who uses her expertise to create delicious kosher desserts. She started her baking blog, Lil' Miss Cakes Lil' Miss Cakes, to share her easy kosher pareve recipes and over the top cookies and cake creations.  Yum!