Our very own Sugar Shaker…Engaged!

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…

Sweetness

Sweetness

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!

 

The Cheeks go FISHING!!!

May 6th, 2015
TEAM CHEEKS & Friends reeling 'em in!

TEAM CHEEKS & Friends reeling ‘em in!

Fishing from the Sweetness of our Souls.  Thank you, Captain Morgan!!!…no, not THAT Captain Morgan, the OTHER one… Jodie Morgan, owner of sport fishing company Apollo Charters!

A sleepy morning crew preparing for the day

What a day! We fought & caught incredibly powerful fighting yellowtail (AKA “Hamachi” in the sushi bars…) and found ourselves fending off Sea Lions for our dinner (gosh, they’re so much cuter when they’re NOT stealing your hard-earned catch!).  Jodie kept the boat moving to keep it interesting for our novice fishermen, helping us catch more fish to cook for family dinner over the next few weeks.

Sweet Cheeks fishing trip on Apollo (12) Sweet Cheeks fishing trip on Apollo (14)

Kayla with Chandtelle + Will, all smiles

Kayla with Chandtelle + Will, all smiles

Thanks also to those little Bonine pills which saved most of us on this rather rolly-rocky day in the Pacific…whew!  Needed that.  Coronado Islands are majestic in their rough, rural nature – a preserve for a few species indigenous to this area only.   No one lives on the islands here in Mexican waters, just lots of happy gulls and endless sea lions happily gobbling up our bait…

No mega-resorts on the Coronado Islands for sure...

No mega-resorts on the Coronado Islands for sure…

Michael B teaching us his tricks to our #1 Challenger Laura

Michael B teaching us his tricks to our #1 Challenger Laura

Mike & Krista kicked some butt

Mike & Krista kicked some butt

Apollo's fish hold keeps your fish chilled all day

Apollo’s fish hold keeps your fish chilled all day

Sweet Cheeks fishing trip on Apollo (13)

On the bridge

On the bridge

 

We’d been planning this trip for nearly a year, a perfect way to share the lifestyle of one of our grooms.  Jodie has been a successful fishing captain for years – despite his youthful appearance.   His charters focus on Puerto Vallarta most of the year, then he settles back in San Diego for the yellowtail & tuna seasons of spring/summer.

Captain Jodie Morgan whisks away bride Kelly

Captain Jodie Morgan whisks away bride Kelly

Thanks to previous Cheeks Laurel & Bradley for making the effort to play with us today!  OHIO-born Laurel’s first time on a boat!!! (she’s made for it)

Two fabulous former Cheeks we love joined us today - Bradley & Laurelita!

Two fabulous former Cheeks we love joined us today – Bradley & Laurelita!

The BIG CATCH - Michael & Brenda won "Most Fish" prize!

The BIG CATCH – Michael & Brenda won “Most Fish” prize!

Some of our fantastic buddies to join us today:

Maryanne McGuire of  Maryanne McGuire Photography

Laura Christin of Laura Christin Photography

Jason Barnes, David Gomez, Brenda & Michael Kiely of the Little Italy Doma Family

Spouses and friends & former Cheeks: Laurelita, Will, John, Mike, Bradley & son

 

Share-Worthy: Fantastic Wedding Review

January 11th, 2015
Kelly & William wedding cake & dance. Photo by Tim Anderson

Kelly & William wedding cake & dance. Photo by Tim Anderson

Clients who write us exceptional “Thank-You” notes truly make our jobs worth every moment of stress, time, labor, and attention to detail.  Kelly & William, married at the urban-cool setting of The Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego, just sent us the most wonderful letter, just one week shy of their 1-year anniversary.  We don’t normally share self-congratulatory posts like this, but she really did make a rainy day shine today, with her note and with these gorgeous images of their love together!  Thank you, Kelly for this letter!

“Hi Sweetcheeks!
 
It’s been almost a year now since our wedding and I never actually reached out to THANK YOU for your unbelievable cake!! It was STUNNING, it was more than I dreamed of, and it truly – besides the whole marriage part – was my absolute favorite piece of the whole wedding weekend. (So much so that I had several pieces of it, haha) Our photographer has done 400+ weddings and he told us that your cake was without a doubt in the top 5 wedding cakes he has ever photographed. It was PERFECTION. (So perfect, in fact, that father of the bride thought it was an exquisite present throughout the whole event instead of the cake, and a group of friends was so convinced that it was fake – because the edges were too perfect – that one of them got the courage to swipe the back of it to see, then turned in a panic to the rest of them with her frosting finger! They made a pact not to tell us until later :) )
 
Your cake was also so incredibly yummy that we decided to eat the top tier so we could enjoy it without freezer burn! So I’m wondering if we can order the top again for our 1 year anniversary coming up?? 
 
The date is January 19th. It was the Red Velvet with cream cheese filling. We live in Madison, WI so it will include shipping. I hope I’m giving you enough notice? Let me know if this is doable! 
 
And THANK YOU SO MUCH again – I truly can’t thank you enough for how you made our day,
 
Kelly Boone”

Kelly ordered her cake from her home in Madison, WI, so it was all up to us to make sure we captured her perfect design, color, & flavor – sight unseen!  (gulp)  Our Sweet Cheeks Baking team knocked it out of the park by baking super-moist Red Velvet Cake and layering all tiers with our Silky Cream Cheese Filling and Italian Butter Cream Icing with crisp corner edging.  Sooooo yummy!

Red Velvet wedding cake

Delicious Red Velvet awaits! Photo by Anderson Fine Art Photography

Could these two look more stunning???  Wow!  Additional Wedding Professionals who helped make Kelly & William’s Big Day so special:

The Hotel Bristol & H Events *    Photographer: Tim Anderson     Florist: Leela Silchuk, Organic Flora

A Food Network Birthday Party!

December 31st, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gale Gand, from Sweet Cheeks Baking Co!

One of FOOD Network’s finest pastry chefs and James Beard Award Winning Chef celebrated her birthday during this year’s outstanding San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival – specifically during the first annual ONE WORLD BEEF – “Celebrate the Chef” Event that the festival showcased. The party lasted all day, located at the Del Mar Racetrack, a fun setting for both festival goers and Birthday Girls!

Del Mar Racetrack on a stellar San Diego day!

Top chefs showed off their delicious beef recipes, pairing it with anything from bacon to marmalade, habanero to Uni (sea urchin, my favorite little delicacy).  Our own Top Chefs from the Sweet Cheeks Baking Kitchen added in Gale’s birthday cake to WOW the masses of taste-frenzied Foodies.  Um, wait a second… Are we talking Wagyu beef AND Sweet Cheeks cake in one setting??? “YES, PLEASE!”

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. was asked to create a “simple” Day At The Races-inspired cake for Gale to cut. We enjoyed every moment of the design, execution, and even delivery! Our fabulous Michael Banag was on site to share with her and capture a minute of laughs.

Gale’s surprise & excitement about her cake made our day!!!!

Tickled – cute!

Sweet Cheeks Pastry Chef Michael enjoying a quick moment of fun with Celebrity Chef Gale Gand!

Given the Wine Festival setting and the unique client, we selected our Vanilla Bean Sour Cream Cake, soaked it with Gewurztraminer Wine, and filled it with both Slow-Cooked Fudge and Salted Caramel Butter Cream, frosted in Classic Italian Butter Cream…holy deliciousness!!!

You can learn more about Gale, her classes, and her wonderful recipes at her website: (http://www.galegand.com/)

Look for tickets to next year’s festival and check out what Celebrity Chefs will join in the WOW Factor!