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Sweet! 2000 carrot cakes and counting – Christian Chronicle

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Blessed are the hands of Mike Gann, who has a heart for the elderly and ministers to multitudes with his heavenly carrot cakes. 

This year, he’s on track to bake 200 cakes, which he gifts to a wide variety of people ranging from friends on their birthdays to families mourning the death of a loved one to charities for fundraising events.

Mike Gann shows one of his famous carrot cakes…….

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Blessed are the hands of Mike Gann, who has a heart for the elderly and ministers to multitudes with his heavenly carrot cakes. 

This year, he’s on track to bake 200 cakes, which he gifts to a wide variety of people ranging from friends on their birthdays to families mourning the death of a loved one to charities for fundraising events.

Mike Gann shows one of his famous carrot cakes.

“Right now I’m at 160, so I probably will make it to at least 200,” said Gann, who estimated he has dished out more than 2,000 carrot cakes in the past 16 years — including 192 last year and 260 in 2019. His cakes have won blue and red ribbons over the years at the DeKalb County Fair and nabbed best of show in the dessert category in 2019.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Tenn., Gann was 10 when his father died. During his formative years, his family’s lives were positively impacted by the College Street Church of Christ bus ministry, which brought him, his mother and three siblings to services. He considers many of the older members of the church to be second parents.

Gann graduated from Lebanon High School in 1986 and went on to earn a degree in social work at Middle Tennessee State University, where he found Sheila, now his wife of 25 years.

Sheila, a McMinnville, Tenn., native, said they first met in the fall of 1988 but didn’t date until years later.

“We had our first date on Feb. 23, 1994,” she recalled. “We were friends at first. He even asked me for advice on dating other people, and I helped him out but hoped that I was a better choice.”

Now Mike, 53, lives with his wife in Alexandria. They are members of Gassaway Church of Christ, where they worship two or three Sundays a month. The other two Sundays, he preaches for the Sugar Tree Knob congregation near Woodbury, Tenn.

The carrot cake recipe originated with Sheila’s grandmother and was passed on to Sheila’s mother, who tweaked it a bit. Mike got the recipe from his sister-in-law and tweaked it a bit more.

“The first carrot cake I made was Jan. 27, 2005, for my wife. Her mother died on Christmas Day 2004. She used to make Sheila a carrot birthday cake every year.”

“The first carrot cake I made was Jan. 27, 2005, for my wife,” Mike recalled. “Her mother died on Christmas Day 2004. She used to make Sheila a carrot birthday cake every year. I knew that Sheila wasn’t going to be able to have her carrot cake again from her mama, so I got the recipe and started making Sheila’s birthday cake. I’ve done that ever since 2005.”

Sheila, now in her seventh year as principal …….

Source: https://christianchronicle.org/sweet-2000-carrot-cakes-and-counting/