Teaneck woman saving her house from foreclosure, one apple cake at a time

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This story from the NorthJersey.com archives was originally published in The Record on July 17, 2009.

Facing the foreclosure of her Teaneck home, Angela Logan is going through a rough patch like a real PTA mom.

She is organizing a bake sale.

The 55-year-old actress, comedian, and divorced mother of three sons has let her friends and the Teaneck arts community know: Buy one of my famous apple cakes and help save my house.

Since he had the idea a week ago, Logan has received orders for 42 “mortgage apple cakes,” at $ 40 each. That’s almost half of his goal of selling 100 cakes by July 26, when an upfront payment of $ 2,559.94 is due to his lender under a federal program created to help homeowners. financial difficulty.

Early Wednesday morning, Logan had two cake pans in the oven. The electric mixer was whirring, a bowl of frosting was waiting to be stirred, and a bunch of apples was waiting to be chopped. On the table was an open textbook, “Principles of Anatomy and Physiology”. Logan wants to make the transition to nursing and is taking classes at Bergen Community College.

The woman familiar to North Jersey audiences for her stand-up comedy show, “Mother Posture,” struggles to see the humor in her situation.

“We laugh, but I’m so tired now that I can’t think of the last time I laughed,” said Logan, who gets up at 3 a.m. to cook. “We laugh so as not to cry.”

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

“There are a lot of people in this kind of problem,” said Salowe-Kaye. “They pledge their property, take additional jobs, do laundry, sell their clothes. I haven’t heard of anyone selling cakes, but hey, if they make a good cake … ”

Logan has lived in his house for almost 20 years. A home improvement nightmare, which left her tens of thousands of dollars and a partially completed job, contributed to her financial woes. She received a notice of intent to foreclose from Countrywide Home Loans in January.

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

Under the terms of his amended loan, Logan must make three payments of $ 2,559.94 to Bank of America, which bought Countrywide, by October 1. She thinks she’ll be in good shape if she manages to get past the first installment.

Enter the apple cake.

Logan received the recipe several years ago while working on a documentary film in Kansas and modified it by substituting organic ingredients. It uses two types of flour – unbleached whole wheat and unbleached all-purpose – and two types of apples – Red Delicious and Gala. The two-layered cake is topped with cream cheese, butter and vanilla frosting. Jenny Craig wouldn’t approve.

“I love to cook,” Logan said. “It’s my only domestic skill.

Logan is not alone. Her fiance and fellow actor, Melvin George II, delivers the cakes, and her youngest son, 15-year-old Nicolas, helps dice the apples.

“It’s better to approach this with a smile rather than a frown,” said George.

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

Many players are familiar with this exercise.

“But nothing like a pastry marathon,” she added. “It has never been so bad.”

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