12 Oaks has its roots not just in friendship, but also in family. Baking has always been a way for us to connect with our families and inspires the love we put into our confections every day. Many of our recipes are family heirlooms that have been passed down on faded, hand-written index cards, splattered with vanilla extract and cocoa powder of years gone by.

    The seed for 12 Oaks was planted many years ago in a tiny Manhattan apartment by two best friends with a passion for dessert and a devotion to watching Gone with the Wind at least several times a year. Sadly, our other half recently moved home to Atlanta, but Caroline is back to baking in the tradition of her southern roots – lots of love, lots of butter, and a deep allegiance to the superiority of pecans. Take a peek at the sweet things coming out of her kitchen here!

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    Meet Katherine


    Growing up north of the Mason-Dixon line, Katherine’s family knows that nothing beats a perfect cheesecake. In fact, her aunt created New York’s greatest cheesecake recipe. This recipe is a vigilantly guarded secret and no amount of sweet-talking or bribery will get you a look at this recipe. Trust us, many have tried!

    With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan and a master’s in art business, Katherine applies her extensive (and let’s admit, expensive) art education to the most worthy of all subjects: cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. With a professional background in finance, Katherine left her job to spend time piping flowers and getting the perfect shade of frosting. She hasn’t looked back!