Goodies, goodies everywhere

If you don’t know what Moravian Sugar Cake is, maybe I shouldn’t tell you. You’ll just want big slabs of it. OK, it’s a yeast-risen potato-dough coffee cake covered in butter, sugar and spices. It wafts on the air in my hometown, Winston-Salem, N.C.

This Sunday, Dec. 4, you can get the real thing, homemade by the hands of members of Raleigh Moravian Church on Ridge Road. The church will hold its annual Candle Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be cookies, too, but you won’t care about those once you see the Sugar Cake. Find out more here.

Cornmeal might seem like a strange Christmas gift, unless you’re a baker and fan of Wake County’s Yates Mill. I’ve seen people purchase 10 to 12 bags at a time (put them in plastic bags and they freeze great). Yates Mill Associates, a non-profit group that raises money to restore and maintain the mill, will hold its annual holiday sale on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Besides yellow and white cornmeal, there’s a new cookbook. “The Yates Mill Cornmeal Cookbook” includes 75 recipes using you-know-what. The group is taking advance orders for the stone-ground cornmeal and the books through Saturday, Dec. 4. To find out more or place an order, email yatesmillcornmeal@hotmail.com. The mill is located on Lake Wheeler Road; for more info, go here.

More Moravian Sugar Cake

Homemade sugar cake will be sold at Raleigh Moravian Church at its Candle Tea on Dec. 5. Rev. Suzanne P. Miller, associate pastor, says that more than 18 members will spend several days baking and packaging the goodies. The tea at the Ridge Road church will run 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and include performances by area school choral groups. Crafts including the 26-pointed Moravian stars, also made by church members, will be for sale. More information here.