Molly Allen

location-pin Hood River, OR

School: Central Washington University

Expertise: Recipe development; cooking techniques; baking; beer, wine & cocktails; product testing; food news; grocery shopping; restaurants

Molly Allen

  • 10 years of experience as a freelance writer and photographer specializing in recipes, stories about food and shopping guides
  • Former bakery owner and event planner
  • Writer for Taste of Home, Good Housekeeping, Eater, The Kitchn, Simply Recipes and Food & Wine


A former bakery owner and event planner, Molly is now a freelance writer and editor specializing in food and beverage, lifestyle and party planning. She brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to Taste of Home readers, drawing on her former life at the bakery to explain the difference between cake and yeast doughnuts, how to make blue velvet cake and how to salvage burnt cookies. When Molly isn’t baking, she keeps an eye on the latest food trends and kitchen gadgets, and enjoys cooking outdoors on smokers and pizza ovens.


Central Washington University, bachelor's in English language and literature

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Articles & Recipes

The Best Outdoor Dining Tables for Your Backyard

Ready to host a dinner party on the deck? We found the best outdoor dining table options for your backyard feast.

How to Make Strawberry Crunch Cake

Dress up this moist strawberry cake with creamy vanilla frosting and a crunchy topping. Here's how to make a strawberry crunch cake inspired by the nostalgic ice cream treat!

20 Types of Doughnuts for the Perfect Morning Treat

There's no better pastry to pair with coffee. Find the best types of doughnuts to make for breakfast or brunch.