You may have driven by it and been tickled with the pink vintage trailer out front. You may have wondered what the darling little cottage nestled behind the trailer was offering wine-tasting visitors who wander the largely-winery-populated streets of Los Olivos. But if you think about it, there couldn’t be a better place for a cupcakery than in wine country. Everyone needs a little sweet treat and break from the wine (gasp, did we actually say that?). And with all the weddings and special events in wine country, it’s no wonder that Enjoy Cupcakes has become a lovely niche beloved business in the Santa Ynez Valley.
When Enjoy Cupcakes owner Amber Joy Vander Vliet was a little girl, “grown-ups” always asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” she continually answered, “a baker!” She was very determined to start her “professional” journey at the age of fifteen. Amber started her day at 4:00 am, working as a pastry chef intern at a five star hotel before attending school. She continued on working for established, respected bakeries and was educated in the art of baking. After college she was particularly taken by art & design and worked for 7 years as a design studio manager for the Flavia Co. in Santa Barbara, California. She also worked alongside her husband, Kevin, facilitating corporate events, for nearly 8 years. 15 years later Amber is doing what she said she would as a child…she is a baker, never losing her passion.
Enjoy Cupcakes was established April 1st, 2009 and currently has one storefront location in Los Olivos California where owner Amber is continually inspired by local produce, flavors, wines and respect for food. She takes advantage of the ingredients that grow in her yard and what the local farmers are offering for sale. You can check out their menu and yummy items on their Website.