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

Thursday, 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!

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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

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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

Fit Foodie Fun Run

Thursday, 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

Feature #2 on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style (GO) is the epitome of high-class.  When it comes to wedding magazines and an online showcase of weddings, GO is a pretty big deal.  Earlier this month we told you about a wedding we took part in that was showcased by the site, and now just a few weeks later, we are thrilled to announce yet another has been featured!

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Blake and Nicole have an adorable story  Nicole “met” Blake while browsing through her girlfriend’s Match.com account.  She happened upon Blake’s picture and immediately thought, “wow… he’s so cute!”   In fact, Blake had no idea that his friends had even created an account for him, so you can imagine his surprise when Nicole sent him a message asking to set up a date!  Once they met, though, the connection was immediate.   Ever since, they have not spent a day apart from one another.

Their wedding was soft and elegant, with pinks and whites being their main wedding colors.  The couple loves the sea, so we made a cake that incorporated sea-inspired elements of starfish and coral.  The cake was simple, yet the design elements fit perfectly with the pastel color scheme that was their wedding.

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It was a gorgeous wedding in Carlsbad, and we were honored to be a part of an amazing day.  We are also especially honored to be among the other amazing wedding vendors that made Blake + Nicole’s wedding worthy of Grace Ormonde!

For a full list of the vendors involved, and for more pictures, visit the GO feature!

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Let them eat cake when they celebrate!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Old or young! Business or personal!  Cakes and treats are the perfect addition to any celebration, especially birthdays!  When clients come to us and want to incorporate a special theme or character into a cake, we are more than happy to accommodate. As the pictures below show, we have had a wide range of requests!

Here are a few of our favorites:

Despicable Me cake, Sweet Cheeks Baking co.
‘Despicable Me’ Birthday Cake
White Lotus logo cookies, Sweet Cheeks (1)
Even small businesses celebrate “birthdays!”  Here are White Lotus Productions mini cakes!
Sweet Cheeks photo, globe cake
For the globe trekker in your life, give him/her the world on a platter 😉
Minnie Mouse cupcakes, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Minnie Mouse Cupcakes in the prettiest of pinks.
Koalafornia zoo cake, Sarah Cloyd, Sweet Cheeks Baking (531x800)
California meets Australia in a imaginary land called “Koalafornia.”
Alice in Wonderland hat cake with tea cup (2)
When you want cake for your birthday tea party…

The Great Gatsby continued….

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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We did a post a while back about our styled shoot with other San Diego wedding vendors.  We at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. partnered up with some fantastic San Diego wedding vendors to create a look for a styled shoot that paid homage to time long gone.  Set at the amazing Villa de Flores in Rancho Santa Fe, the result of all the efforts is a photo shoot so fantastic that it took three separate features to showcase all the amazing images!

In our first post we included only a few of the amazing images (from each feature) by talented San Diego photographer, Amore Wedding Photography.  Yet now, we will include so many more!  The couples were adorable; the detail and design was so true to the time period; and the result: a photo shoot that not only was featured on the wedding blog, Style Unveiled Part I, Part II + Part III, but will also be featured in six (6) issues of San Diego Style Weddings magazine (in a 6-9 page spread) starting in October 2013!

The vintage-inspired wedding details, the hats, the outfits, the overall elegance; the “Gatsby” era was truly spectacular!  Enjoy the sampling of images we’ve selected, and if you want to see more, pick up the issue of  San Diego Style Weddings magazine in October!

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Vendors Involved:

Venue: Villa de Flores

Photography, Concept for Prohibition Lounge, and Styling for the Models: Amore Wedding Photography

Coordination and Design: Brilliant Event Design

Floral Decor: Modern Bouquet

Wedding Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Beauty: Groomer Girl

Dresses and Accessories: Here Comes The Bride

Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo

Event Rental Items including Art Deco Gold Flatware: Classic Party Rentals

Decor for the Art Deco Pavillion and Candles: Z Gallerie

Flower Girl Dresses: Borrow Baby Couture

Lounge Setup Pieces: Lauren Sharon Vintage Shop Rentals

Art Deco Jewelry: Diamonds Forever

Invitation Suite: Whimsique

Menu and Seating Cards: Brilliant Event Design

Vintage Car: Hire Old Cars

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Do you DREAM? – Exquisite Weddings | Bridal Suite Blog

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

So, we talked about the DREAM Bridal Affair that we participated in this spring, but this event was also recently featured on the Exquisite Weddings|Bridal Suite Blog!  Loads of amazing photos that offer you the inspiration you may be looking for!  Pinterest-friendly images make this article even better!

So, do you want to pin even more amazing images from this fantastic San Diego wedding event?  Check out the article and pin away!

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Time-lapse Video

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Take a look at what our friend,  Laura Christin, of  Laura Christin Photography, made for us.  The video shows our kitchen right before our 3rd birthday party, in the process of preparing, then shows the party itself, and finishes with all the cleanup.

Sorry no music is attached, but if gives you an idea of the hustle and bustle we encounter many-a-day!

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Donating deliciousness…

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

 

Recently, we helped with a small donation to an important fundraiser benefitting Casa de Amparo – An organization that assists neglected and mistreated children.  The kids in the organization are all kids who need a little extra attention in their lives, and we greatly appreciate our friend (and former Weddings of Distinction member) Tiffany Arnaldo for organizing a super special day/fundraiser called the “Day of Beauty.”
The intent of the day was for all the kids to feel pampered, to feel as though there were at a spa!  The day was not just about providing the kids with beauty products but more so about making them feel special.  There were thirteen boys and girls, ranging in age from 9-18.
Thanks to generous donations from local businesses in San Diego, this day was a rousing success.  Over $800 was raised, and ll the boys and girls received amazing gift bags with personalized hair and skin care items and well as providing the home with a flat iron, curling rod, blow dryer and hair trimmer (for the young men).
We at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. donated various cookie platters to keeps the kids’ bellies full, and while it seemed small to us, the kids were so happy.  That makes our job: happiness!

 

Local San Diego Businesses Involved:
Jarrod Harm, Owner of Detour Salon: Donated a Stylist, Jo, as well as hair care products & friendship bracelets
Clarissa Champlain, Hair Stylist Extraordinaire
Leah Nelson, Mary Kay Sales Director: Makeup products & more
Karen Lee, Makeup Artist
Lois Mathews Design: Bouquets of Sunflowers
Pride Socks: Retro knee socks

 

If you would like to give to Casa de Amparo, please visit:  http://www.casadeamparo.org/give.html