Here is the story and the person who inspired Little Ladybug Bakery.
I fell in love with Jorge Alberto Cardenas Becerril the moment I turned around and saw him, just like that. It was September 2008, I had recently moved to San Diego from Seattle and was working at a coffee shop which was across from the flower shop where he worked. He came in all smiles, tattoos, muscles and motorcycles, its really no wonder at all that I loved him instantly, absolutely and completely. Jorge was the first true love of my life. He was the one that gave me the nickname Ladybug, because of my freckles. He’s the reason I named my bakery Little Ladybug Bakery, I was his little ladybug. He encouraged me to quit my lame job and start my bakery, he helped me scoop cookies when I first got started. Our relationship didn’t last, but not from lack of love.
My sweet Jorge died last night in a motorcycle accident. He was only 27 years old.
Please hold tight to the ones you love. Please love as deeply as you possibly can, you’ll never regret it.
Please, please, please look twice for motorcycles when you’re driving.
This summer has been amazing! So many weddings and special events! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t invited to any (sigh) but I did provide the delicious pies and cookies to them! And thats almost as good, maybe better because I walked away with money rather than a hangover. …
Anyway, I wanted to touch base and remind everyone that these Seasonal Fruit Pies are only going to be around for a few more weeks. Mother Nature waits for no foot dragging pie lover! If Peach Pie is your absolute favorite pie, GET IT NOW! It is prime time for stone fruit and I have that stone fruit wrapped up in a flaky pastry crust. Seriously why are you not already lined up at my pie table to buy a slice?
Also available for a limited time is Cherry Pie. Cherry frikkin Pie! Made with red tart cherries. Are you going to pit enough cherries to make a pie?? I didn’t think so. Which is smart because A. I already did that work for you and B. Pitting cherries is the worst. So messy.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Mixed Berry Pie will be around until the end of the month and when it is gone, tears will flow.
Thats all for now. I hope everyone is having a lovely summer! Im working really hard to even out the ‘tan’ Ive got. (read: horrible sunburn)
Little Ladybug Bakery is doing really quite well as a wholesale bakery. Not that we all didn’t assume that to be the case, but here is confirmation. Wholesale is great!
You can now also find Little Ladybug Bakery baked goods at:
1715 Webster St. Oakland
For Coloso Coffee and Awaken Cafe Im making adorable little hand pies. The hand pies can be eaten in 3-4 bites, perfect for a pie fiend on the go!
Also at Coloso Coffee and Awaken Cafe you can also find NEW Cheddar Herb Biscuits!
Im using the traditional 1947 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook ‘Biscuit Supreme’ recipe and adding shredded cheddar cheese and a secret blend of herbs. This amazing flakey, buttery, cheesy, herb-y biscuit should appease the more savory inclined baked good lover.
and, here is some obligatory food pOrn.
I really wish I had a Town Crier to announce this awesome news!
After 4.5 years of dutiful attendance to the Marin Civic Center farmers market (Every. Single. Sunday.) I have decided to move on. Its been real!
In other news,
Little Ladybug has expanded its wholesale business!! You can find Little Ladybug Bakery sweets so many places now!
~ Bicycle Coffee (cookies!) 2nd and Webster, Oakland
~ Awaken Cafe (they have my biscuits and tiny hand pies!) 14th and Broadway, Oakland
~ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (cookies!) 3rd and Mission, SF
~ Curbside Creamery (so many cookies and Pie slices!) Temescal Alley, Oakland
~ Melo Melo Kava Bar (cookies!) 1701 University Ave, Berkeley
~ Bay Grape Wine Shop (bags of cookies!) 376 Grand Ave, Oakland
My farmer, Tim Boughten from Amber Oaks Orchard has promised me that Rhubarb will be here before May!
Now I don’t know if I can really trust Tim because not only does he not control rain/sun, he also pans for gold. And just like you, Im not really sure what gold panning has to do with rhubarb but I wanted to share that cool detail about my produce farmer with you!
So, there you go, now you know of someone who legitimately pans for gold. And here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Italian Easter Pie only shows up once a year, similar to the Easter bunny and Santa and Leprechauns! (and my dad, lol!)
What on Gods green earth is Italian Easter Pie you ask? Lemme tell you, its amazing.
Made with Bellwether Farms whole milk ricotta cheese, organic eggs, orange zest and chocolate pieces. So its reminiscent to a light cheesecake … pie. Cannoli filling in a pie crust!Its just worth a try is what it is.
Since its only around ONCE A YEAR, why not? Your Easter will be all the better for it! Actually, your Easter will be MADE from it because, if the Easter Bunny forgets to fill your basket (which happens more and more often in adulthood), your pie hole will be filled.
Easter is a big holiday, for whatever reason that you celebrate. And all reasons that you celebrate Easter should involve pie. Pie Pie Pie. Cherry Pie. Berry Pie. Coconut Pie. Pie Pie Pie.
Pre-order your pie(s) for Easter so you can be the hero who shows up with something delicious. Rather than the person who shows up empty handed with a new tattoo (Hi Grandma!).
Whatever your reason for loving/hating/not caring about Easter, the day should definitely involve fresh, hand made pie.
It has come to my attention that pies are the new alternative to wedding cake (so long cupcakes!).
I understand the desire to have pie at your festivities:
~you can have a bunch of flavors,
~each table can get their very own wedding pie,
~your dessert table will look inviting and rustic and delicious, and most of all, who doesn’t like pie?!? (other than that one aunt who doesn’t like anything, she doesn’t count).
~pie is the best thing ever.
All of this is to say, I would love to provide the pies for your wedding! Or for your anniversary! Or birthday! Or for Meeting the Parents! Or whatever reason you need to have to buy a pie. Ladybug is here for you.
Because I was feeling a little stir crazy from all the rain I decided to bring back Mixed Berry Pie! Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries all together in a flaky buttery pie crust, wowza. The smell of this pie baking makes me feel like its July again. I love it and so should you!
Also, due to a little Hallmark Holiday called Valentines Day Ive brought back the Chocolate Pot de Creme Pie! Actually, it wasn’t Valentines Day that spurred the return of this pie. It was my stomach. Either way, this pie only comes around a couple times a year, its like an illusive unicorn that way.
*RICH RICH RICH is one way to describe this DECADENTLY CHOCOLATE-Y pie.
*Another way to describe it is, WOW WHO NEEDS MEN???.
The Chocolate Pot de Creme Pie is made with organic eggs, super fancy Dutch chocolate and is captured in an all butter crust. Get a taste of it while its here because this WILDLY DELICIOUS unicorn-like pie won’t be around for long!
The Lemon Lime Chess Pie can be found as well on my pie table this time of year. A ‘Chess’ pie is any pie made with the basic -eggs-butter-sugar- pie filling. This version has fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice added to make for a luscious, softly set, citrus-y, custard-like pie. Add in an all butter pie shell and you’ve got yourself a really, really nice pie.
And as always, I have the Heirloom Apple Pie also. This pie is a crowd pleaser, an all around, voted most universally enjoyed, entirely yummy pie. Several different apples make for a bouquet of apple flavor in every bite!