As the cold weather approaches, the number of visitors to Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market increases, along with the vendors and the variety of offerings for sale. On Tuesday, November 7 Darlene Godfrey of St. Petersburg was back after a summer hiatus, selling moist, fruit-filled rum cakes in half of dozen different flavors, including peach, pineapple, black cherry, pumpkin pie spice, coconut and plain. The St. Petersburg native, who learned to bake from her two grandmothers, uses fresh fruit in most of her cakes and drizzles them with a glaze made of flavored rum from the Caribbean island of St. Croix, fresh butter and sugar. Above, Godfrey shows off a platter of one of her rich concoctions.
Magali Thomas of France, left, who was visiting her friend Ruth Crawford of South Pasadena, center, gave Godfrey’s cakes top marks. “I’m a pastry chef in France, so I can tell you it’s wonderful,” said Thomas, who sampled and bought a slice of pumpkin spice cake. “It’s very tasty and moist. The presentation is simple, but great. You just want to bite into it.”