Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life
Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life
Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life.

Thursday Food is delighted to share that what started as an idea, a small seed planted has bloomed into a cookbook with a twist called Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life by virologist and celebrated baker Dr Altreisha Foster.

Foster appeared in Thursday Food in 2021 when ABC's The Bachelorette hit a major milestone!

To commemorate the 200th episode of The Bachelor spin-off that premiered in 2003, Jamaican-born Minnesota pastry chef Dr Altreisha Foster created a rose-adorned, six-tiered cake with each tier boasting a different flavour. The cake featured 200 red roses, and a single-stem rose at the centre, representing the franchise's iconic Final Rose. American weekly magazines People and US Weekly both featured Foster's cake as they recapped the celebration.

This would be the beginning of an enduring relationship with the Campion College, Howard University and George Washington University alum who would be celebrated at the 23rd staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards for her inspirational food story. A few months later and days before International Women's Day, Foster released a memoir of sorts, Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life.

"When I decided to write this story I wanted to ensure that whatever the narrative was it had to be accessible to the reader. This narrative of my life was written in prose; after all I do not see myself [as] a poet. Aside from that I believe it is more accessible to the reader than any other form of writing. I included recipes for desserts because baking desserts is my new vocation which has been helping me heal from my trauma,"she said.

Foster introduces recipes of her favourite desserts throughout the 190-page book.

Today, we share a dessert dedicated to Dr Marguerite Neita's advocacy. "When I entered Howard University she facilitated the payment of my tuition. She gave me a roof over my head that summer in 2001 that solidified how my story of today and now came to be. This is her favourite dessert — The fruit tart," Foster shared.

Dr Foster was featured in the Jamaica Observer's Thursday Food September 2, 2021 issue.
Fruit Tarts.
In a photo released by ABC, TV personality and star of season 18 of The Bachelorette Michelle Young (left) poses next to the Sugarspoon Desserts cake alongside hosts Tayshia Adams (second right) and Kaitlyn Bristowe.(Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin)
Accepting the award for Inspirational Food Story of the Year was Dr Altreisha Foster from Food Awards judge Professor Lloyd Waller at the 23rd staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Devon House.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?