Movie tells true story of woman who baked her way out of financial trouble

The Fresno BeeApril 18, 2014 

Apple Mortgage Cake features four-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise.

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PASADENA — Angela Logan figured her goose was cooked so she decided to bake a cake.

The true story of how, in 2009, Logan baked 100 cakes in 10 days to save her house from foreclosure is the basis for the new UP cable channel made-for-TV movie, "Apple Mortgage Cake." It features four-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman") in the role of the prolific baker.

"You have to understand, I was fighting the whole time. The lowest point was when we had absolutely no money at all.

"We didn't have a dime and did not know which way we were going to turn. And I had already cried. I had already been afraid.

"And I put together a plan to go back to school, to do hair and to sell the cakes. The cakes was the final thing because school was going to happen later," Logan says.

Logan was a single, working mom with three teen boys. No matter how hard she worked, there was just not enough money to pay the bills.

The family home, where she learned to bake, was falling apart with sections declared uninhabitable by inspectors after storm and flood damage. She had 10 days to come up with $4,000 or she would lose her home.

She sold the 100 cakes at $40 each to neighbors, friends, members of her church and even an old flame. The word spread and soon Logan found herself on local, national and international news.

Her story also caught the attention of television producers. Along with Elise, the cast includes Kevin Hanchard ("Orphan Black"), Lamar Johnson ("The Next Step"), Stephan James ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), A.J. Saudin ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Gabrielle Miller ("Corner Gas").

The baking plan looked like a pie-in-the-sky scheme. But it was the only one Logan had.

"When you're at the lowest point, you have to say, well, okay, what's the worst that can happen? When you have to bake a cake and go out and ask somebody to buy it and say, 'I'm losing my home,' that's not an easy thing to say," Logan says. "That was the most difficult thing to do in my life, to ask for help.

"Once people said 'Oh, sure. We didn't know it was so bad. Of course we'll buy a cake,' then that's like a floodgate. The energy, the tension, you might say, just let go and I was able to process this whole thing a lot easier."

Elise found the role easy to play because she could talk to the real subject of the film when necessary. She calls it an honor to play a person who had the skill, courage and resources to overcome what looked to be an impossible challenge.

Seeing Elise bring her story to the small screen was an emotional experience for Logan.

"It's very difficult for me to watch that without crying. And I was talking about the fact that every time I watch Kimberly do a scene, you'd think after the third take, I'd stop crying," Logan says.

Logan continues to bake with her cakes now being sold at farmers markets, in restaurants and to specialty stores in New York and New Jersey. She also has branched into catering and provided food for a VIP party at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.


SHOW INFO

"Apple Mortgage Cake": 8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, on UP

 

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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