Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mortgage Apple Cake Baker's Tale Told in Film

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mortgage Apple Cake Baker's Tale Told in Film

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Sitting front row center aisle, Angela Logan dabbed her tears as she watched the movie about her life.

The mother of three who frantically -- and famously -- baked apple cakes to save her Teaneck home from foreclosure was celebrated Thursday evening at a special screening of "Apple Mortgage Cake," which airs April 20 on the UP television network.

"It was heart-rending," Logan, 60, said after seeing the movie at Teaneck Cinemas, where a township councilwoman gave her a proclamation declaring Thursday "Angela Logan Day."

"I was reliving everything that happened."

What Logan relived were two weeks in July 2009 that changed her life.

Underemployed and in a financial hole, she had to fork over thousands to her lender and the clock was ticking. With no money and nowhere to turn, Logan pulled a cherished family recipe and set out to sell 100 apple cakes at $40 each. After The Record published a story, Logan became a media celebrity and hundreds of cake orders poured in.

The 90-minute film sticks largely to the real-life script: Stressed-out mom gets a scary envelope about her mortgage, sets a goal, emails friends, starts baking in her kitchen, hits the media, bakes even more, runs afoul of local regulations, is offered kitchen space at a Hilton hotel, partners with a national online cake baker and, finally, writes the check that saves her home. The heroine, played by Kimberly Elise, is named Angela Logan, and the sons are Marcus, William and Nick, the names of Logan's boys. The movie is set in Teaneck, although bustling Toronto, where it was filmed in December, looks nothing like suburban Bergen County.

There were creative liberties.

The real-life Logan calls her confection Mortgage Apple Cake; it's Apple Mortgage Cake in the movie. The love interest, Melvin George, is portrayed as an old flame who reenters Logan's life at her time of crisis; in reality, Logan and George have been a couple for 14 years and are engaged. …

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