Hi, I'm Carolyn
and I am the sole designer, baker, and decorator of Next Door Desserts. I've been baking ever since I was big enough to "help" my mom in the kitchen. It's always been something I've enjoyed doing, but in 2012 I discovered a real passion for scratch baking and experimentation. After a few years of serious baking (especially around the holidays), some dear friends took a chance on me and asked if I would create a custom dessert table for their wedding, and Next Door Desserts was born!
Why "Next Door Desserts?"
Because I want you to feel like you're at a friend or neighbor's house where you can kick your shoes off, sit back, and relax - I have it handled for you!
I don't just want to sell you something; I want to make your day special. If you're hosting a dinner party, I want your guests to "ooh" and "ahh" at your display. If you're organizing a company holiday get-together, I want your co-workers to be blown away. If you choose me to be a part of your wedding day, then I want everything to be seamless and easy, and for everyone to have a memorable time. I want my desserts to add to the ambiance that you are working to cultivate. Rich and decadent? Cozy and nostalgic? Dreamy and delicate? Let me help you with that.
My work space
is a collaborative kitchen space in Tigard, Oregon. Although I am a one-woman business, I work alongside a handful of other talented culinary professionals in a licensed commercial kitchen. This space makes it possible to take on projects of all sizes safely and efficiently. I also get to host cake tastings, consultations, and the occasional pop-up at this location.
I believe in serving you the best!
I feel that a focus on layering flavors - not just over-the-top sweetness - enables me to produce baked goods that are unmatched in quality and creativity. I only bake with real butter, never oil or shortening like your local grocery store, because, well... butter is better! When it comes to frosting, I use the Swiss meringue method for a buttercream that is light and fluffy in texture, yet rich and creamy in taste (unless of course the situation calls for cream cheese).
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I feel very lucky to have access to so many great products and ingredients. I also believe in supporting fellow local, small businesses and I source ingredients locally whenever possible, the same way as I shop for groceries for my own home.