Enjoy Cupcakes

Santa Barbara wedding cupcakes Enjoy Cupcakes, Amber & Kevin

I’m going to start out by giv­ing you three truths… Every­one loves cup­cakes, every­one loves Amber & Kevin, and every­one espe­cially loves Enjoy Cup­cakes! They have the most fla­vor­ful exquis­ite cup­cakes you will ever taste. The first time I sam­pled these mini mouth­wa­ter­ing morsels I had a Choco­late Black­berry Syrah. The cake is infused with Syrah wine, filled with choco­late, and frost­ing topped with a ripe black­berry rolled in sugar. As I enjoyed this cup­cakes my mouth went through a vari­ety of reac­tions depend­ing on the path the cup­cake made through my palate. I stuffed my face while Kevin kindly nar­rated the jour­ney of fla­vor I was expe­ri­enc­ing as if I were sip­ping a fine wine. He described the notes of fla­vor my taste buds picked up and the light after taste I was left enjoy­ing after the cup­cake was down the hatch. My mind and my oral fac­to­ries were blown away. Since then I’ve had the plea­sure of get­ting to know Amber, Kevin and their adorable daugh­ter Opal. These are qual­ity peo­ple who are tal­ented not only in cake mak­ing, but also in styling a desert table into a work of art. Heres a word from Amber and their inter­view to fol­low. Enjoy! 😉

“We (Enjoy Cup­cakes) are located in the heart of the cen­tral coast wine coun­try. Our retail loca­tion is nes­tled within the Saar­loos & Sons tast­ing lounge. We make wine infused cup­cakes and we offer cup­cake tast­ings that pair with the Saar­loos & Sons’ wines. Many of the brides & grooms we work with get mar­ried at winer­ies / vine­yards and serve wine at their wed­dings. So obvi­ously wine is an impor­tant influ­ence in our busi­ness. We wanted to pro­vide Cameron with a photo shoot set up that rep­re­sented every­thing that men­tioned above. The Saar­loos and Sons wine labels rep­re­sent what is most impor­tant to them, Fam­ily, which clearly trans­lates to love, honor, & mar­riage. The wines & labels change every year, but the phi­los­o­phy stays the same. Their bou­tique wines are a per­fect mar­riage for wed­dings.” –Amber

Shoot Loca­tion: Saar­loos and Sons’ vineyard

Santa Ynez Wine Wedding and Enjoy Cupcakes

How did you get your start?
I saw a vin­tage Shasta trailer fea­tured on designsponge.com & was totally inspired. I showed it to my hus­band and said, I want one of these for a cup­cake busi­ness. He chuck­led and asked, “do you know how to bake?” I reminded him that I had worked in bak­eries all through high school & col­lege and own­ing a bak­ery was my child­hood dream — I had just taken a 10 + year break from it!

What’s your per­sonal busi­ness phi­los­o­phy?
Work hard & pas­sion­ately in every­thing you do.

What or who con­tin­ues to inspire you?
Every­thing & Every­one! We come up with new fla­vors in our shop every week, so we are con­stantly keep­ing our senses open for new ingre­di­ents, fla­vor com­bos, tex­tures, etc. We also want each wed­ding dessert set up to be spe­cial & unique so we are always look­ing for new dis­play pieces and fresh ways to present the goodies.

Santa Barbara wedding Enjoycupcakes and Sarloos Wine

What makes your busi­ness unique?
Prob­a­bly the most unique aspect of our biz is that our retail loca­tion is nes­tled inside of a wine tast­ing lounge (Saar­loos & Sons), where we offer wine + cup­cake pair­ings and wine infused cupcakes.

What is your ideal cou­ple?
I love when cou­ples pro­vide their over­all vision & leave it to us to implement.

How do you nor­mally begin your day?
With a triple latte.

What is your favorite flower?
Calla lilly

Favorite movie or doc­u­men­tary?
Elf

Favorite part of a wed­ding?
The moment the cou­ple is pro­nounced man & wife!

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Song that makes you get up and dance?
Cur­rently — Party Rock Anthem.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Sleep­ing, eat­ing, run­ning & time with my family.

First (music) album you ever bought?
I actu­ally don’t remem­ber, but prob­a­bly Wham or some­thing along those lines!

Why do you do what you do?
It’s so much fun! 🙂

Favorite pas­time?
Running

First Job?
Host­ess at a bak­ery cafe.

Favorite song on your iPod playlist?
You & I by Ingrid Michaelson.

Great­est accom­plish­ment?
Find­ing the courage to start my own busi­ness (which mostly stemmed from my husband’s encour­age­ment and con­fi­dence in me).

How do you sign off on your emails?
Warmly, Amber.

If you had to move to a for­eign coun­try, which one?
I’m not a big trav­eler, so not sure about another coun­try, but I would move to HI if I had to flee the state of CA!

What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?
Putting away laundry.

If you were an ani­mal, what whould you be?
Work horse.

If you were in a band, what instru­ment would you play?
Piano

Nickname/s?
Bug (my mom calls me that)

What’s your favorite wed­ding food?
Cupcakes 🙂

Sun­rise or Sun­set?
Sunrise

Wed­ding trend that you are lov­ing right now?
Inte­gra­tion of per­sonal touches / details that rep­re­sent the bride & groom.

Wed­ding trend that will hope­fully be out next year?
Vin­tage type­writ­ers as a decor item.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Book

Stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
Bible

What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“Do the thing you least want to do first.” I believe it’s a quote by Eleanor Roo­sevelt, but don’t quote me on that! It was taped to one of my for­mer bosses’ computer.

What sound do you love?
My daughter’s laugh.

What’s the great­est gift you’ve ever given or received?
My daugh­ter and son on his way.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Same thing I wanted to be as a lit­tle girl… a baker.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
The book: Heaven is For Real.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Not pay­ing bills.

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?
I actu­ally don’t have one. I’m more of a live each day to the fullest type of person.

Santa Ynez wedding enjoy cupcakes family

What is some­thing you learned in the last week?
That mus­tard is an emul­si­fy­ing agent in a lot of salad dress­ings — ran­dom and not that profound!

At what age did you really become an adult?
I’m not cer­tain I’m there yet. 🙂

What ques­tion do you always ask the bride & groom?
How did you guys meet?

Where do you see your­self or busi­ness in the near or dis­tant future?
We just com­pleted our first major busi­ness goal since we opened, which was to build out OUR own com­mer­cial kitchen. We had to fin­ish that before look­ing for­ward too far toward growth and expan­sion. Now we feel like oppor­tu­ni­ties are end­less and we’re excited to see where God leads us and our business.

Con­tact Info:
Enjoy Cup­cakes
805–451-0284
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1 Comment

  1. What a won­der­ful fam­ily shoot. I love the sim­ple yet lovely styling! Thanks for sharing!

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