“Food is all wrapped up with togetherness, with family and community, with identity and celebration. Food is magic.”
I believe in magic. I believe there’s magic in each of us and everything we do - even mundane everyday tasks. Sometimes we forget about our magic, and I’m hoping to help you nurture that magic within, dearest Taste Bud, through discovering the magic in food and the ritual of creating food.
This blog is a space for the modern witch, the craft curious and aspiring goddesses of hearth and home. Cooking and baking are inherently creative, so you’re likely already infusing your intention and spirituality into the food you make.
Even if you’re not totally sold on the woo or magic or witchcraft, you’ll find some fantastic recipes here on my blog and my witty banter, natch.
From Bakery to Blog
Makin’ Whoopie Kitchen started as a bakery back in Philadelphia in November 2011 and relocated down to Durham, North Carolina in 2016.
As my little bakery business grew and grew, I started to realize something. I kind of hated production baking. Okay. I really hated it. That is some intense physical work, y’all, and bless all the bakers and bakeries out there. Y’all are some serious bad asses.
I also realized what I loved about running my business. I love sharing my food with people. I love writing and developing new recipes. I love taking photos and connecting with Taste Buds. Enter the blog. It’s the perfect combination of what I love about Makin’ Whoopie Kitchen the bakery, and what I love about my career in marketing and design.
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes that I developed for my bakery, and I’ll be coming up with new recipes on the reg to share.
I’m a huge fan of infusing herbs and herbal magic into my recipes, so you can be sure there will be a lot of botanical and spice-filled treats coming your way.
We’ll talk sweets and treats, and definitely get more into my personal favorite - the savory stuff.
The Magic & The Craft
I’ve been dabbling in the craft and magick for as long as I can remember. My momma read our tarot cards as kids. We had “uncles” who owned a crystal shop and witches were close family friends.
I have always been able to connect with the otherworld and spirits which is a talent handed down from my ancestors. I’m constantly learning and developing my craft, and it is at the core of who I am.
I’ll share some of the tools and tips that I’ve learned through my practice and how it helps me to better connect with Spirit / God / Goddess / Universe / [insert your personal deity here].
My personal interpretation of witchcraft is that it’s exactly that - a craft. I believe that you can practice the craft in a way that works with your personal religious beliefs whether that’s Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Wicca or any of the other world religions.
Kitchen Witch // Creative Goddess // Hedge Rider
Hi there, Taste Bud! I’m Erin Harker, the woman behind Makin’ Whoopie Kitchen.
My Sign: Sun in Capricorn // Moon in Aquarius
My Animal Guides: Fox // Crow // Hawk
My Fave Witchy Tools: Candle Magick // Herbs // Tarot
mag·ic | ˈma-jik
the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
magic rites or incantations
an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
something that seems to cast a spell : ENCHANTMENT
ORIGIN Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian maguš sorcerer