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Actress Tries Baking To Make Her Mortgage

The Record (NorthJersey.com) — Thursday, July 16, 2009

By JAY LEVIN
STAFF WRITER

Facing foreclosure on her Teaneck home, Angela Logan is navigating a difficult time like a true PTA mom.

She's having a bake sale.

The 55-year-old actress, comic and divorced mother of three sons has spread word among her friends and Teaneck"s arts community: Buy one of my famous apple cakes and help save my house.

Since coming up with the idea a week ago, Logan has received orders for 42 "mortgage apple cakes," at $40 each. That's nearly halfway toward her goal of selling 100 cakes by July 26, when an initial payment of $2,559.94 is due her lender under a federal program created to help homeowners in financial distress.

Early Wednesday morning Logan had two cake pans in die oven, lhe electric mixer was whining, a bowl of frosting waited to be stirred and a bunch of apples waited to be chopped. On the table was an open textbook, "Principles of Anatomy and Physiology." Logan wants to transition into nursing and is taking courses at Bergen Community College.

The woman familiar to North Jersey audiences for her stand-up comedy show, "Mother Posture," is straining to see the humor in her situation.

"We laugh, but I'm so tired now I can't think of the last time I laughed," said Logan, who rises as early as 3 a.m. to bake. "We laugh to keep from crying."

Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director of the advocacy group New Jersey Citizen Action, praised Logan's resourcefulness and said New Jerseyans are doing all kinds of things to stave off the loss of their homes in the recession. Foreclosure activity in New Jersey fell 30 percent in the first half of 2009, compared with the same period last year, but was up nationally, according to data released this week.

"There are many people in this sort of trouble," Salowe-Kaye said. "They pawn their possessions, take extra jobs, take in laundry, sell their clothes. I haven't heard of anyone selling cakes, but hey, if she makes a good cake..."

Logan has lived in her house for nearly 20 years. A home-renovation nightmare, which left her out tens of thousands of dollars and with a partially finished job, contributed to her financial problems. She received a foreclosure intention notice from Countrywide Home Loans in January.

After meeting with a credit counselor, she turned to the Making Home Affordable program, established by the Obama administration to help struggling homeowners reduce their mortgage payments.

According to the terms of her modified loan, Logan has to make three payments of $2,559.94 to Bank of America, which took over Countrywide, by Oct. 1. She thinks she'll be in good shape if she can get past the first payment

Enter the apple cake.

Logan received the recipe several years ago while working on a documentary film in Kansas and tweaked it by substituting some organic ingredients. She uses two types of flour - unbleached whole wheat and unbleached all-purpose — and two types of apples — Red Delicious and Gala. The two-layer cake is slathered with a frosting of cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Jenny Craig would not approve. "I like to cook," Logan said. "That is my one domestic skill.

Logan isn't in this alone. Her fiance and fellow comedian, Melvin George II, delivers the cakes, and her youngest son, 15year-old Nicolas, helps dice apples. "It's better to approach this with a smile rather than a frown," George said.

Logan, who has appeared in TV commercials and on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," says she is used to "juggling" to make ends meet.

Many actors know that drill.

"But nothing like a baking marathon," she added "It's never been this bad."

By the numbers

4 to 6: Cups of diced apples in each 9-inch "mortgage cake."

42: Number of cake orders Angela Logan had received as of Thursday toward her goal of 100.

1 in 146: New Jersey households that have received a foreclosure filing In the first half of 2009.

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