40th Birthday for Our Favorite Karaoke Lover

April 18th, 2014

Sometimes blog posts come across as impersonal or simplistic… It is with great LOVE & ENTHUSIASM that I savor the 40th Birthday celebration of our neighbor & wonderful friend Jason!!!  Thank you for all that you do for so many of us, You Handsome Hunky Wild Man!

Not a DAY over 39, my friend!

Not a DAY over 39, my friend!

Not only has he joined the ranks of “those over 40″ with some of us, but he has enriched our lives with vibrant sounds of (read: Tone Deaf) Karaoke (can you sing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” any better?) through the walls of our Little Italy loft.

In order to create this KARAOKE SPEAKER CAKE, we borrowed one of his speakers with the explanation that we needed it for our own party…he was none the wiser.

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We LOVE Jason, David, and all of their amazing friends who helped us to put together this outstanding surprise party, celebrating his love of Karaoke parties…with an ode to his favorite Michael Jackson…and Jason played the part like a ROCKSTAR!!!

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Michael Jackson's Muse

Michael Jackson’s Muse

Amazing friends & family created a photo booth, taped hilarious & incredibly touching selfie videos, and reveled for hours amongst Tequila & tacos…yum!

An ode to the boys…who were not invited…and are clearly unruly about it:

Rambunctious Pooches

Rambunctious Pooches

Tools of the Baker’s Trade

April 8th, 2014

Sometimes it’s just the beauty of the kitchen, the cake pans and the baking basics that brings us inspiration…well, that and the exquisite photography of some of San Diego’s finest shooters!

During one of our Sweet Cheeks parties, Eddie Bojorquez caught a quick pic during the rain of our entrance at night – so cool, he is a master with a lens:

Studio 512 Photography...Captured at night

Studio 512 Photography…Captured at night

Whisks may well provide some of the FINEST Italian Meringue Butter Cream on the planet, but they also share a beauty of curve, form, and style…without the fine whisks we would never get the elegant mouthfeel of whipped frostings.

kitchen whisk for Donna's biz cards

Donna’s fave…caught by Studio 512 Photography’s Eddie Bojorquez

Photos by Darin Fong Photography.... "delicious!"

Photos byDarin Fong Photography…. “delicious!”


Some of our favorite items = PANS

Cake pans, cooking pans, saute pans, all help us get through our day of cooking & baking tasty treats:

hanging pans, David Bain Photography (532x800)

David Bain Photography

Studio 512

Studio 512 photo

…and last but never least, the grand Madame Mixers!  Without the help of small machines, our little hands would never be able to keep up with demand for our delicious batters.

987C1644.CR2 cake batter, David Bain Photography (800x800)Many thanks go out to our amazing photographic genius friends at:

:: Studio 512

:: Darin Fong Photography

:: Leeland (David) Bain Photography

Now go start baking!

Bumble Bee 1st Birthday Party!

April 4th, 2014

Black & Yellow colors add splash & fun to any party.   These colors work for both male or female when combined… thinking Ferrari, insects, taxi cabs, and lightening bolts – woo hoo!

Reema asked us to make some goodies to enhance the candy & dessert station she wanted to put together for her two youngins sharing their birthday party together.

Kids' bumble bee colors create festive fun!

Kids’ bumble bee colors create festive fun!

So many great additions make a great looking set up for a DIY party at home.  Here’s what we selected for Reema’s party:

:: Crystal Sugar cookies

:: Mini cupcakes:  Vanilla Bean with Fudge Frosting and Italian Butter Cream

:: Mini Pop Tarts (chocolate and raspberry fillings!) with yellow & black striped royal icing

:: Tropical Coconut Cake with Lemon Butter Cream

:: Vanilla Bean Cake with Vanilla Butter Cream

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Photos taken by our very own Lauren Rennie…Dessert Diva Extraordinaire!

Kids + Cake = True LOVE!!!

February 25th, 2014

Kids love cake almost as much as our team of bakers & decorators love cake! These days it’s astounded us how many children come in to our Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. kitchen and get so excited to help design their own cakes. So much fun!

We put together a quick line up of this past week’s creations – some with more elaborate details, others with tighter budgets in mind…ALL delicious and super fun!

Toy Story cake, Sweet Cheeks (3) (531x800)

5 yr old kids unicorn rainbow birthday cake, Sweet Cheeks


Ok, some kids are “older” than others…


Brady's Fire Truck Birthday Cake,  (598x800)

fire truck cake, Sweet Cheeks (1) (800x531)

kids cakes, Sweet Cheeks (531x800)

Mario Bros game cake topper, Sweet Cheeks (531x800)

Mario Brothers cake, 6 yr old, Sweet Cheeks (531x800)

Monsters Inc cake, Mike Wozowski, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co (13) (531x800)

One Direction Simple Cake, Sweet Cheeks (1) (531x800)

Baking at Home Made Easier!

January 4th, 2014

Recently we were asked to review some adorable (super colorful!) new silicone baking cups from the line “Baking Buddies,” and we wanted to share these little gems for you home bakers.

As silicone, they eliminate the needs for both cupcake PANS (yes, really) and paper cupcake wrappers, so you can just peel them off the cakes once baked.  For our commercial use, they are note realistic, but most of our cakes came out very easily.

baking buddies

You can purchase them here for about $9/for dozen of them.  Fun!  Happy Baking!


Real Weddings ~ features we’re included in from over the web!

December 31st, 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, and 2014 is practically upon us, we’d like to pause and reflect on some of the events and/or weddings that we may not have blogged about.

We have the best jobs, truly, and to be able to create wedding/special event cakes for those in San Diego (getting married) is an honor.  In particular, we love weddings! And, we definitely love cake.  So naturally, making cakes for weddings is one of our passions!  That kinds of reads like a lame SAT question, but some of the weddings that we have been a part of have been anything but lame!

We try to feature as many of the events that Sweet Cheeks takes part in, but at times, it’s difficult.  At times, it may be easiest to rely on the posts of our friends and fellow wedding vendors!  So in this post we will mention a couple special weddings that sum up the success that 2013 was for us!

Del Mar Wedding

Manny and Nicki:

This adorable couple used San Diego as a destination wedding location.  Manny + Nicki are from Houston, Texas, and in this gorgeous wedding at L’Auberge in Del Mar, seaside style was the focus: think pastel colors, starfish details, and an outdoor setting with the sound of the wave crashing.  Visit the blogs of both the Floral Designer, Jennifer Cole Florals, and the Photographer, Archetype Studio, Inc., respectively, for amazing images


Liz + Alex:

Liz + Alex, Arizona-based, also used San Diego as a destination wedding location, yet for this adorable couple, they opted for the simplicity of the San Diego Rowing Club as their reception location.  Their wedding had sea-inspired elements, yet their colors were vibrant, and their details more DIY.  Yet, do not mistake DIY as less elegant.  This wedding was so well thought out and so beautifully decorate that Exquisite Weddings Magazine featured it on their blog, and that is no easy feat!


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….

San Diego Wedding

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.


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.

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