One sunny afternoon while catering a private event in Malibu our team had the pleasure of working with Crystal, the energetic, quick witted cupcake-baker behind Cream By Crystal. Her cupcakes were amazing! And so was she! Winning last years Cupcake Wars on Food Network and her growing list of celebrity clients, I was eager to know the chef behind these incredible sweets.
WHAT’S THE MOST AMOUNT OF CUPCAKES YOU’VE EATEN IN A SINGLE DAY?
Probably a dozen-but of course it’s in intervals! A mini or more keeps the doctor away! 3 minis=3-different flavors. That is equivalent to a full size cupcake but this way you get variety with each bite!
YOUR CUPCAKES REALLY DO TASTE AMAZING. CAN YOU TELL US YOUR SECRET?
Affectionately known as “Cream”-The Signature Mini Cheesecake Cupcake is our specialty! Unique flavor combinations and fantastic taste combined with quality ingredients and fresh products has helped to place Cream by Crystal on the map as one of the best new confectionery spots in Los Angeles, California. Not to mention our new CbC award-winning gourmet hybrid-CreamCakes won national recognition on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. It’s the best of both worlds-have your cake and eat cheesecake too!
WHAT GOT YOU INTO BAKING?
I’ve always loved to cook. I actually auditioned for the job when I was a child. The job was for “Big Mama’s Little Helper”:) Everything from Scrambled Eggs to German Chocolate Cake I tried to assist her in. Spatula..Check..Teaspoon..Check..Measuring Cup..Check. However, there was always one specialty that we made that I couldn’t wait to bake & devour. Cheesecake! After my Grandma passed, the mission was to share my love for our family recipe with the world. The creation of Cream by Crystal is a tribute to my Big Mama’s memory. By baking each batch of sweets, I honor her legacy as she will always remain the original Dessert Queen in my heart.
CAN YOU SHARE ANY BAKING TRICKS WITH US?
Instead of using a measuring cups and spoons you can buy a inexpensive scale and use glass ramekins to weigh out your ingredients. It really takes the guesswork and eyeballing out of measuring ingredients plus you will get the right amount every time. No waste, no worries, no spills trying to pour back or throw out the extra;)
WHAT’S THE BEST CUPCAKE YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Mine of course. Duh;) No seriously, kudos to all my fellow “Baker Cupcakers”. There are so many talented cupcakeries in the Los Angeles Area: I love Sprinkles-Dark Chocolate, Confection Co-Op formerly known as Frosted-Lemon, Doughboys-Red Velvet and I’m still adding to my list!
HOW HAS THE CUPCAKE WARS AFFECTED YOUR BUSINESS?
Being a Cupcake Wars Champion has been an AMAZING honor, being amongst the Hall of Fame of the best cupcakeries in the country. The victory is even SWEETer after coming back Season 9 and winning our redemption episode www.creambycrystal.com/cbctv. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me and I am having a blast sharing our Award-Winning CreamCakes Confections with the world! #creamdreams DO come true!
WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS MOUTH TO EVER HAVE CHOMPED DOWN ON YOUR DELICIOUS CUPCAKES?
Good Times! We were featured on Kris Jenner show with co-host Khloe Kardashian, Jason Kennedy and the E! crew for his Birthday Bash! The Mending for Kids charity event at the London West Hollywood, caught up with the Revenge Stars-Emily VanCamp and Joshua Bowman for their cream commentary. Red Velvet and White Chocolate Peppermint were the faves that evening!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES LOOKING TO HAVE CUPCAKES AT THEIR WEDDING?
Ahhh I LOVE Weddings it’s a day to celebrate LOVE and you want to be surrounded by people and things you LOVE. Couples who are looking for a new spin on dessert to add the WOW factor to their BIG Day should look no further than Cream by Crystal. Our Cheesecake Confections would be the perfect addition to a Pre-Reception Cocktail Hour. Meal reversal, it is a proven fact sweets before eats helps curb cravings and helps you lose weight;) Or as a part of the Dessert Bar people love variety and Weddings are a day to indulge so why not invite your guest to try all your favorite dessert picks. And because of the size of our minis they are guilt-free you can pop at least 3 without blinking an eye. Not to mention they are decorations themselves. Our beautiful bites can be customized to your theme, for the BlingBride add sparkle with glitter, gold or silver shaves or for the NaturalBride, we can use elements such as zest, chocolate shaves or fruit and to top it off we can custom color the frosting and add a edible personalized logo-this can be a couple’s monogram, signature or tagline for the day. Lastly, our swag sweets can be used as a fun favor idea-a gift box of goodies as a guest giveaway. It is the perfect ending to the perfect evening.
Celebrate with Cream! #carpecream
DO YOU HAVE ANY TOP SECRET RECIPES IN THE WORKS?
Of course, new flavor finds are always in the works at the Cream Confectionery Citchen. We are looking to revolutionize the world of sweets with cutting-edge flavor combinations! Even today I was thinking of whipping up a White Chocolate Apple Cheesecake Cupcake topped with Rum Drizzle and a Praline Crunch. Go BIG or Go Home! If any EC readers out there have a flavor personality they would like to share with us we are open to suggestions, contact our cream concierge [email protected] or 800.875.8027×1 for details.
Stay tuned to www.creambycrystal.com for updates to our flavor personality family.
HOW CAN THE REST OF US GET OUR HANDS ON YOUR CUPCAKES? DO YOU SELL THEM AROUND TOWN?
Cream by Crystal’s Cheesecake Confections are made to order, guaranteeing freshness, from our heart to yours. Our sweets can be purchased in our online cream shop creambycrystal.com/shop select your date and time and within 24 hours dessert can be delivered right to your door, your office or your clients, family or friends as gifts. It’s the gift that keeps on giving especially for the Holidays, as a Thank you or Just Because. Need an immediate fix…You can also find us inside:
B&K Sugar Arts Lab 2835 South Robertson Boulevard
To find get your fingers on some of Crystals fantastic cupcakes visit her website at CreamByCrystal.com