Q + A – Insight into how a baker prepares for her own wedding!

December 26th, 2013

We connect with most of our brides, but when we have an extra-special connection with one, well, it is pretty exciting!  This is the case for one of our special Sweet Cheeks bakers, Katrina!  Katrina recently got married to Sam, and as a wedding baker insider, we thought it would be interesting to hear from Katrina how it was planning her own wedding, specifically her wedding cake 🙂  Read on for details and for pics courtesy of E3 Photography….

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1) How long have you worked with Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.?

In early 2010, I did an internship at Sweet Cheeks Baking (SCBC) while I was attending the Art Institute of SD.  Upon graduation (months later), I got hired!  It has been almost 4 years & I can honestly say I get up every day & am excited to start my day!

2) As an insider to wedding cakes/baking, how was it planning your wedding desserts/cake?

Planning the dessert bar/cake was actually VERY difficult for us!!  Having worked around these delicious sweets for almost 4 years & always testing out new flavors, I had an overabundance of flavors that I wanted to incorporate into our cake.  I had endless options because I’ve SEEN & helped create them all.  Honestly, I truly think it would have been easier if I wasn’t an insider.  In some ways, I wish I had someone in the industry to lean on and give me advice as to what are a few exceptional flavor combos — this way I could have been done with it!  Too many flavor choices seem to confuse people more. Either way it was a BLAST taste testing!

Wedding Cake + Desserts

3) You probably see a lot of requests and notice the trends with wedding cakes, so what did you want for your own?

I’m not going to lie… I like to keep up with trends!!  To me–things wouldn’t be trendy if they weren’t worth it. I was very much into the tiny ruffled ombre cake (faded yellow to white), which I had seen more & more of coming out of the bakery.  I also had a second cake (because who wants just ONE?!).  It was a very simple 3-tier cake in white, with gray & yellow chevron on the bottom tier.  It also had a tiny cluster of succulents towards the top of the cake.

4) Did you have any part in making your cake? Or did you let the others have at it?

I had much to do with how delicious the cake turned out… but had absolutely nothing to do with how aesthetically BEAUTIFUL the cake came out!!!!!  I’m a baker, not a decorator (huge difference).  I make the cake taste decadent & sweet, while our decor teams make the vision come to LIFE.

5) Any surprises from your coworkers?

My coworkers followed my “vision” to an absolute “T” (no surprises).  While there were no surprises for my wedding…. I can’t say the same for my sister’s wedding, which took place a couple years ago.  My big sister got married on my birthday & my Sweet Cheeks co-workers knew that.  So, waiting inside my hotel room, during my sister’s wedding, was a beautiful, little birthday cake ALL FOR ME 🙂 My coworkers had been planning that ever since they found out what day my sister’s wedding landed on!  So it ended up still being both our days!!

6) How did you meet your fiancé?

Sam & I knew each other for almost 4 years before we even started dating. He was my big bro’s friend 😉  They were not best friends, but they definitely hung around the same crowd.  We always saw each other at various get togethers, halloweens, birthday parties etc.  We talked at EVERY single event, & EVERY single time we made a “date” to hang out afterwards.  This girl right here (ME), cancelled every single time.  It wasn’t until one certain birthday party for my big bro that everything changed.  I saw Sam standing across the room & I looked at my mom and told her that I needed to be with him.  He captivated me — I was mesmerized.  I was afraid to walk up to the man that I had shamelessly turned down for the past 4 years.  Yet, I did, & he was just as sweet as the first time we’d talked.  At the end of the night I was sure he was going to ask me to hang out again… I was so ready this time…but as the night went on, he didn’t!!   I finally mustered up the courage to make the move & just ask him.  His response was, “are you ACTUALLY going to hang out with me this time?”  My face turned beet red — but as it turned out… we’ve been hanging out every day since!!

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7) How did you pay for the wedding?

I was so very, very fortunate to have help from my father to pay for the wedding. “Help” is an understatement. He paid for the wedding — I helped, haha. My dad & I sat down, talked budget, & then I did some serious research. I made sure to fit his budget that he so generously allowed me. I did my very best & by golly, we were pretty darn close!! I think anyone can have a beautiful wedding on a budget if you just take the time to do the research & include some DIY projects! We would not have had the perfect wedding if it wasn’t for him–we are indebted! What he gave Sam & I will never be forgotten or taken for granted. The things I took care of were the centerpieces, all wedding decor, favors, frames, guestbooks, etc.

-The Yonedas

Weddings in Temecula

For more amazing photos of Katrina + Sam’s wedding, visit E3 Photography’s Facebook page!

 

Vendors Involved:

Wedding Photography: Eddie Garcia – E3 Photography

Wedding Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

Wedding Coordinator, Designer & Florist: Carmin Cermak – Carmin Design

Pretty in Pink

December 13th, 2013

Pink is such an elegant, classy color, especially for weddings.  So when we had a couple asked us for a cake that would tie in with their soft pink wedding color theme, we know we could make them happy.  The wedding took place at the lovely Estancia Resort in La Jolla, and the wedding cake, looked amazing against the backdrop of the Estancia’s romantic splendor.

Special thanks to Darin Fong Photography for the beautiful shots!

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SD Wine + Food Festival

December 7th, 2013

We have been fortunate to be involved in the San Diego Bay Food + Wine Classic since its first year!  Originally, we started off helping some of the planners, and we also, as a Certified Sommeliers, taught wine classes.

In Sweet Cheeks’s first year of business, Donna & I won “Best Dessert,” entering their ‘Chef of the Fest’ contest, and as a result of the festival, the company was discovered by the FOOD NETWORK!  Since then, we won “Best Dessert Category” every year thru 2011.

Well, in 2013, we participated in the festival in a different way.  We joined in on the the classic’s startup event, the “Fit Foodie.”   As part of the event, we did a VEGAN CAKE demo on a stage at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  Then, we got to ENJOY the amazing Grand Tasting event in Embarcadero Park.  Holy cow. We may never work again.  It was just TOO MUCH FUN!!!

The weekend was absolutely incredible, filled with wine and food for all of the Sweet Cheeks gals.  The delicious dinner concluding the weekend (at the Marina Kitchen in the Marriott Marquis) was the perfect ending to a amazing few days.

Many Congratulations to Ken Loyst & Michelle Metter on so much success in their 10th year of one of the best Wine & Food Festivals in the US!

Glam Party for the Glamorous

November 25th, 2013

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a specialty birthday cake.  If you’re like once special lady, her 30th birthday was celebrated in high fashion!  The theme was high fashion/Red Carpet.  Women wore long dresses and men wore suits and ties.  The location was the amazing Andaz Wine Bar.  In order to match the glamorous theme, we went with a cake that was bold, yet elegant.

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The reception was outstanding!  We received the following not from the births girl’s best friend:

“I wanted to thank you both of a job well done in creating the best cake for my best friends’ 30th Birthday bash. She loved it so much that I didn’t even get the chance to try it myself :)”

This friend even went so far as to write about and mention us on her own personal blog!  To see that post, visit here.

Cakes + Pies ~ Get them while they’re hot!

November 21st, 2013

Order your cakes +/or pies for Thanksgiving from us, and we guarantee you’ll be the most popular Thanksgiving dinner guest(s)!

Gobble, gobble, gobble up that savory dessert 🙂

Thanksgiving Pies

the-tardis-cake, Dr. Who & Pony, Sweet Cheeks Baking

November 18th, 2013


the-tardis-cake, Sweet cheeks, Dr. Who

childrens-books-cake-goodnight-moon, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

November 18th, 2013


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Allegro Towers Cake, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

November 18th, 2013


Allegro Towers Cake, Sweet Cheeks

Fit Foodie Fun Run

November 14th, 2013

 Want to feel better about that Thanksgiving meal?  Well, the week before Thanksgiving, Saturday November 23rd, is the Cooking Light + Health Magazines’ Fit Foodie 5K.  The race is an opportunity for San Diego foodies to work up an appetite, on a course that features friends and family cheering stations, a finish line celebration, and a post-race Finisher’s Village for racers and supporters.

May not sound that different than most 5K runs, but the special thing about this race takes place in the “Finisher’s Village” after the run.  There, participants and family/friends will be able to enjoy cooking demonstrations, fitness discussions, beer and wine tastings and much, much more!  It is there that yours truly, Sweet Cheeks Baking Company, will be there with other amazing San Diego culinary experts satiating the appetites of hungry runners and supporters.  An even better key point: there will be goody bags and all ages are welcome!

For more information about the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Classic, or for info about the Fit Foodie 5K run, visit the respective websites. And, to see our news feature on San Diego 6 News, visit the link below!!

Fit Foodie 5k

In case you missed it….

November 6th, 2013

Last week, we were on CBS 8 News – San Diego for a segment that featured our small, yet wonderful team here at Sweet Cheeks Baking Company!

We had reporter, Larry Himmel, join us in our kitchen to see how the culinary magic happens!  He met some of our amazing artists and bakers, and even enjoyed a small treat!

We are so honored to receive the recognition and publicity by this wonderful news organization!  For the full story and write up by CBS 8 News, visit their site!

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com