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.
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.