- MELISSA MILLER

“Food truly brings people together—I love that connection and the happiness surrounding it.”

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I’m a self-taught baker, born and raised in the Midwest. I believe in the power of food to bring people together. My passion for desserts is only surpassed by my love of pizza, beer, and handsome cat Nugget.

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My love for baking started very young. Before I could even talk, I was in a high-chair at the kitchen counter while my Memaw made her southern family specialties—banana pudding, pineapple upside-down cake, snickerdoodles, and, one of my personal favorites, this Sock-It-To-Me Cake. It’s basically a pecan coffee cake loaded with butter flavor. And best of […]

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Recipes

Family Favorite Recipe: Sock-It-To-Me Cake

April 5, 2017

This year, fall seemed to be even better than I remembered—unusually warm temps and mild weather, gorgeous changing colors of leaves, and LOTS of delicious apples from the orchard.  Erika Mattingly Photography met me at Garwood Orchards in my hometown of LaPorte, Indiana for an afternoon of apple picking…and my dear Mama (and baking partner-in-crime) came […]

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Inspiration, Recipes

Midwest Apple Picking + My Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

November 23, 2016

For years it’s been a dream of mine to do a baking photoshoot—to show the real Sweet Melissa behind-the-scenes, making something delicious. What a fun day I had with Erika Mattingly Photography! And what a gorgeous backdrop—none other than DL Loft in Chicago, IL. My inspiration is my grandmother, Carolyn Sue Southard, who I affectionately […]

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Inspiration, Kitchen Life, Recipes

Baking Photoshoot + Scone Recipe

September 24, 2016

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