A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
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 philosophy that drives 12 Oaks Desserts is that a great dessert makes life a bit sweeter. The seed 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. The evolution of the 12 Oaks dream has been exciting over the past two years. Our co-founder, Caroline, moved back to Atlanta in 2017 to pursue baking in the tradition of her southern roots – peek at the sweet things coming out of her kitchen here!
Now based in Los Angeles, 12 Oaks Desserts bring time-honored baking traditions to modern treats. The result? Cakes you’ll crave, cheesecakes you’ll covet, and cake pops that make your busy life just a little more delicious. From holiday parties and birthdays to wedding showers and corporate events, exquisite desserts – from scratch with love – are no pie in the sky. In fact, they’re just a click away.
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MEET the BAKERS
As a self-taught cake decorator and baker, Katherine is a firm believer 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 in 2016 to spend time piping flowers and getting the perfect shade of frosting. She hasn’t looked back!
Missy joined the 12 Oaks team in 2018 as our Head of Business Development (and Head Taster whenever she can sneak a bite of cake). She can attest to how heavily guarded the family cheesecake recipe is – it took a full five years after marrying into the family before she even got a peek!
With a bachelor’s in psychology from Stanford University and master’s in organizational psychology from Columbia, Missy worked previously as the Head of People Operations at Bay Area startup, Lumos Labs. She’s tapping into her experience building teams in a fast-growing organization to expand 12 Oaks brand and develop new partnerships. And her (not-so-secret) passion for writing is being put to the test in developing 12 Oaks’ marketing campaigns and blog content. Suffice it to say, she’s thrilled to help share our sweetness with the world!