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Our very own Sugar Shaker…Engaged!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Our darling Krista is not only a beautiful, sexy woman but is also our Official Sugar Shaker, winner of Food Network “Cupcake Wars!” and the first person ever hired at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. – the original TEAM CHEEKS member!   Krista LOVES games, is incredibly fit, and is the ultimate challenger… so it’s not surprising that when Mike got down on one knee in Jackson Hole, WY, it was during a ski vacation that Krista WON while competing on “WHEEL OF FORTUNE”…woo hoo!!!

Here they reveal an intimate look into their home life downtown with these incredibly special engagement photos by LOVERS OF LOVE

An intimate moment at home

An intimate moment at home

Perfectly styled by the talented & insanely lovely Carmin, their shoot captures moments most reminiscent of these two darlings – the perfect combination of FUN, warmth, talent, COMFORT, coyness, strength, and LOVE!

cookies & milk, yum!

cookies & milk, yum!

Sea Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies...delish

Sea Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies…delish

Let’s see Krista show Mike how to frost a cupcake, shall we??? (just check out the challenger…she still thinks she’s on Cupcake Wars!!!)

Oh, it's so easy, huh???

Oh, it’s so easy, huh???

Krista, just show him how it’s done

Wait! That’s almost perfect, Honey…!


TRUE LOVE means you each get one

TRUE LOVE means you each get one

Relaxing with your love is important after a big day of selling sweets

Relaxing with your love is important after a big day of selling sweets

Krista worked her way from being completely untrained and youthfully “green” at Sweet Cheeks thru the ranks of baking like a crazy person to learning how to frost perfectly to taking the reigns of selling wholesale.  She has since wowed us all with her sales ability and has thus made some close buddies with most of San Diego top chefs – from private clubs to hotels to coffee houses and the Del Mar Racetrack!  She’s learned some great tips in tossing pizzas…!

Rolling the dough, a la "Ghost"

Rolling the dough, a la “Ghost”

Learned that at the famous family Salzzone's...

Learned that at the famous family Salzzone’s…

Saucy Sweethearts

Saucy Sweethearts

In their spare time, Krista & Mike are dedicated to staying in shape and both show it!  They practice Pilates avidly and eat incredibly strict diets – you know, salads, quinoa, veggies, and lots of cake. 🙂

A little snacker of Coconut Cake filled with Fresh Guava Curd for the photographers...

A little snacker of Coconut Cake filled with Fresh Guava Curd for the photographers…



Cozying up with tea (never coffee!)

Cozying up with tea (never coffee!)

Genuine joy makes us all so excited for them!

Genuine joy makes us all so excited for them!

As we help Krista & Mike in any way we can to plan their upcoming wedding, we wish them all of the greatest love & treasures that life brings!  Thank you, Krista, for all that you have done and continue to do to help make Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. such a great place to be!!!Much love from Elaine & DonnaKrista’s hair, styled by Torri at DK Hair Salon , looked perfect (as always 😉  Photos by LOVERS OF LOVE , and the Sweets… by Sweet Cheeks, of course

Keep that man, he's a good one!

Keep that man, he’s a good one!


First Triathlon by a Cheek! Lap ’em Left Cheek!

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Team Cheeks supports The Left Cheek, Ms. Donna, as she beautifully finishes her very first TRIATHLON here in San Diego!!!

Team Cheeks supports The Left Cheek, Ms. Donna, as she beautifully finishes her very first TRIATHLON here in San Diego!!!

Cheeks at Donna's tri Cheeks Donna in run portion of race Mission Bay Coaster triathlon

In a show of tremendous effort, multiple Cheeks rose out of bed on an early Sunday morning to cheer on their fearless leader Donna as she finished her very first triathlon!  WOO HOO!!!  So much fun to show support, probably just as cool as it was for her to participate.

Nick (our “Jack of All Cheeks”) of course led the charge by driving Donna up despite his head cold,

Lauren joined graciously, bringing yummy Sweet Cheeks breakfast treats for the crew and our NEARLY-PROFESSIONAL posters 😉

Kayla, Laurel, & I met up to prove that early rising can be fun with our beach cruiser bike ride down the boardwalk to reach the race scene – thanks for the laughs, dolphin sightings, and rusty chain mechanics to Kayla & Laurel! Thanks to Uncle Alex for sharing his bikes with us!

Krista caught up with vigor & enthusiasm, always the awesome cheerleader.

For a review of this fun event, check out the real website:

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

Thursday, 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

In case you missed it….

Wednesday, 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 –

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…

Real Wedding :: Briana + Steve

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The phrase goes: “like father, like son,” yet for this real wedding feature, we challenge that idiom.

To start, backtrack a few years.  It was the wedding of Cheyne (pronounced like Shane) + Megan, and let’s just say: it was a huge deal!  The couple had just won the “Amazing Race” together, and as a result, their wedding was a media frenzy!  (We even made it to PEOPLE Magazine online as a result, but that’s not the point!)

Well, back to present day, and with the coolest of situations, Cheyne’s dad, Steve, who loved what we’d done for his son’s big day, came back to us to help him celebrate his own wedding to the gorgeous Briana! Are you still following us?!  Like son, like father; challenge successful! 🙂

Like his son’s wedding, Steve (+ Briana) opted for a tiered cupcake tower.  A variety of flavors and a colorful selection of cupcake wrappers made this tower the pertfect accent for their very colorful wedding.  Their celebration was poolside, and the focus was all about laid-back fun!  Abbey Party Rentals supplied the perfect style of tables and linens, and Wedding Paper Divas created adorable table art and wooden plaques.   Pair those elements with the decadent candy table and our cupcakes, and guests had their share of sugar!

San Diego Weddings

Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography

Everything about this wedding was bright and fun but at the same time elegant.  Briana wore a stunning lace bridal gown from Isis Bridal Boutique, which was paired with tasteful gold and pearls from Harold Steven’s Jewelers.  Steve, in honor os his time in the military, wore his “dress blues,” complete with his impressive lineup of military medals of recognition.  Together, Briana + Steve are a beautiful and inspiring couple.  They radiate so much love & friendship.  It was an honor to be a part of this family’s special day, yet again, and it was so much fun!

San Diego wedding

Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography

Wedding Color

Pretty Pastels at La Jolla Cove Suites

Monday, September 16th, 2013

La Jolla Cove has some of the best ocean views that San Diego has to offer. So, when a couple chooses to have their wedding in La Jolla,  La Jolla Cove Suites offers some amazing wedding options for the Cove-loving couple.

Sweet Cheeks Baking

The cake was filled with beautiful pastel yellows, which was just darling, and the couple, too, was darling as well!

Yellow Cake

Special thanks to  Michelle Zuniga at Studio Z Photography for the wonderful photos!

Real Wedding :: Cherie + Cameron

Monday, September 9th, 2013

San Diego is the perfect place for a destination wedding, and for the couple featured in this REAL wedding, San Diego was an easy choice!  Cherie and Cameron are both New Yorkers, and they wanted the San Diego sun to be their backdrop for their beautiful nuptials!

Their wedding took place on a perfect San Diego summer day (no humidity like there is now!).  The gorgeous waterfront Bahia Resort Hotel hosted and catered.  Appropriately enough, the couple’s theme was nautical. Lots of blues, yellows and whites, and every element perfectly coordinated with the couple’s sea-loving theme. They were married outside, with the water behind them and palm trees giving the illusion of their own, private outdoor oasis.

Wedding cakes San Diego

(Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography)

Being as the couple was not local, they relied on communicating with wedding vendors via email and over the phone, so for Cherie and Cameron it was important to find wedding vendors they could trust. Fortunately, when it came to the cake, they had us!  We were pretty stoked about how it turned out, and the couple was too! Anchors aweigh!

San Diego weddings

(Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography)

Bringing the Sea to the Wedding

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The wedding location may have been Inland San Diego (Rancho Bernardo Inn), but the wedding cake was all about the sea.   Nature-loving/ocean-loving couple, Sharon & Tim King, chose to have a seaside-themed wedding cake for their big day, and we could not have been more thrilled about how the cake turned out!

Seaside Wedding Cake

Made of citrus with passion fruit curd & raspberry preserves, Italian butter cream with smoothed/beveled edges, and chocolate with white chocolate-raspberry mousse & Belgian chocolate ganache, the cake ingredients may sound complex, but really, they were perfectly paired!  That combination of flavors is a personal favorite of mine, in fact.

Special thanks to the amazing photographs by San Diego photographer, Resolusean (Sean Capshaw), the seaside cake and the happy memories from the cake cutting were perfectly captured.

 Sharon + Tim were a super fun couple to work with, and their lovely relaxed nature & great sense of humor made this experience another positive one for the books!

Seaside Board2

Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Finding good employees is difficult for any small business, and for Sweet Cheeks, although we create delicious and make happy memories all day, every day, we too have difficulty.  So, when we find an amazing employee that works as hard as ever for the business, well that person deserves recognition!

Krista Lautenbach was our first hire.  She has been with us for five years, our longest-tenured employee.  When she started, we all enjoyed days of leisure lunches and a workflow we could handle!  With her relentless help, though, Sweet Cheeks has gone from two (2) of us in a tiny space to twelve (12) of us in our very own kitchen!

She began her career with us as a part- time/temporary employee, working as a baker’s helper, otherwise known as a “cake slave.” Yet with the passing of years, Krista evolved into Sweet Cheeks‘s Lead Baker (A.K.A. “Master Sugar Shaker”).  She helped Sweet Cheeks Baking win the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!

Besides her talent in the kitchen, Krista received yet another promotion, and currently, she manages our Sales department.  As the Sales Manager, she hunts down many local chefs and charms them with her wiles and good looks.  As a result, she has added numerous San Diego-based businesses to our extensive list of new wholesale accounts.  Our clients, which include a few fabulous kitchens, are: Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort, Del Mar Fairgrounds, SD Convention Center, Estancia Hotel, L’Auberge Del Mar, Omni Hotel Downtown, Marriott Marquis, Manchester Grand Hyatt, and many more.

We celebrated her 5 year anniversary with a little cake, made in her favorite current flavor of Champagne Butter Cream (of course her “favorite” changes weekly)!  We also treated her to a spa package, thanks to the amazing team at La Costa Resort, with her new, personalized hoodie robe.

San Diego Baking

We are so honored to have Krista as a member of our team, and our tokens of appreciation are only a small reflection of the respect we have for her, both as a person and an employee.  Our business grew because of Krista, and if it wasn’t for her help, we would not have survived the onslaught of craziness when we suddenly found ourselves getting multiple orders without multiple hands to help make & deliver them.

Ode to Krista

Some of the photos above are courtesy of  Heather Elise Photography.  They capture a special Sweet Cheeks Anniversary day at Sycuan Resort, inspired by Krista, where she envisioned a perfect world of “Champagne Buttercream Madness.”   With careful planning and an open mind, we created one of the world’s greatest inflatable fun days – “The Buttercream SLIP-N-SLIDE!”  Lathered up in buttercream and racing down at top speed, we all dove into the inflatable slide, make our way down the river of water, only to end up in a pool of watery icing! Amazing.

  Life sure is sweeter (+ more fun) having Krista around! 🙂  Thank you, Krista, for 5 great years of service, coyness, and fun!