Spotlight: A Baked Creation and Supplies in Hesperia, CA

Baking has been a way of celebrating life and food for millennia and many in the High Desert love to bake cakes, pies, cookies, bread and more for their family and friends.

Two High Desert entrepreneurs want to help them do just that. I recently spoke to the owners of A Baked Creation of Hesperia, CA. Guylene Lawler and Susie Acosta have complementary skills and passions that have combined to create a place where cooks and bakers, whether professional or hobbyist, can find education, high quality supplies and even order special cakes.

Guylene and Susie opened A Baked Creation in August of 2008 on Main Street in Hesperia. Customers find baking supplies, cooking supplies, candy making supplies, fillings, icings, flavorings, just about anything needed to whip up delectable treats. A prize winning baker at the LA County Fair and included in their cookbook for seven years, Guylene is also passionate about creating custom cakes for clients. “I’ve always been a baker,” she explained to me. “My father was Italian. The Italian in me makes me want to feed people!” Her business partner Susie has discovered a love of teaching others the craft of baking and candy-making. Classes range from beginner to advanced and include wedding cake decorating, specialty cakes (fondant, topsy-turvy), frosting recipes (their butter cream frosting is a popular one!), candy making and other special classes.

“There aren’t really any other kitchen stores up here,” shared Guylene. “By shopping at A Baked Creation, you save gas by not driving to Rancho Cucamonga or Redlands. We always try to give people personalized customer service. If we don’t have it we’ll get it for you, or find where you can get it.” Susie and Guylene knew they would have a tough time keeping a simple cake shop open, so they diversified into the kind of quality ingredients and supplies you can’t find at big chain competitors. They carry Magic Line, Parrish, Bakemark and Wilton brands among others. Food supplies include Merckens melting chocolates and a large array of flavors: white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter. Candy makers can find candy molds and the supplies that go along with them. And their customers are not just home bakers. A Baked Creation will sell in bulk to any restaurant, bakery, or catering company.

They say that if find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. It sounds like this is the case for these ladies. “We are entrepreneurs, dreamers, trying to get out there and fill the needs we see,” shared Susie. “I have an associates degree in computers and business management,” explained Guylene. “But office work wasn’t my thing. No matter what I did, I was never happy. No job was quite the right one. I always went back to baking.” These women aren’t stopping with their baking supply and custom cake business, though. They have dreams to open a nonprofit called ABC Design Center, an accredited training facility where they can retrain people for new careers in food service. They also see the possibility of a wholesale warehouse to serve the food industry in the High Desert. “We are doing this on the small scale now but would like to grow,” said Susie. Another dream the women have is to have a venue for special events and provide catering and cakes and most needed of all, supplying jobs for people.

Guylene moved to the High Desert about 25 years ago for the affordable living, clean air and slower pace of life. She encourages local government to find ways to help small business succeed and streamline the red tape and bureaucracy. Susie moved up here in 1993 looking for the country life. Her children have graduated from local schools, where she has also volunteered many hours. Both women are involved in their community, whether through schools, church or other venues, and they are committed to seeing it remain a great place to raise families. Most of all, they seem passionate about bringing a love of baking out in each other and their customers. Said Susie, “Guylene brought out my creativity again because it was just too much with a family and all that. She has a passion for baking and won contests, and when she saw talent in me, she brought it out in me.”

If you would like to see your locally-owned business highlighted on this blog, please contact Alyssa Penman by email at AlyssaPenman {at} RelyLocal {dot} com or call her at 760-246-5400. RelyLocal.com is a locally-owned business that connects local consumers to local businesses for a thriving, robust and vibrant local economy.

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