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Make Life a Treat with Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas

Nov 30, 2016 09:32PM ● By Erin Lehn Floresca

Before sweet cupcake treats became the central theme of his life, Renato Cautela, owner of Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas, spent over 25 years as a sales manager in the wine and liquor industry.  “I spent a lot of time working with chefs doing wine pairings with dishes and developed a huge passion for savory cooking,” he explains. However, when a franchise coach for The Original Yummy Cupcakes offered him an opportunity as an investor for the Encinitas location, he jumped on it and opened his store in 2013. “My previous job had me traveling a lot and I liked the idea of being a little more grounded,” says this entrepreneur. Little did this savory chef know he was about to blossom into a cupcake baker.

Through a series of synchronistic twists and turns, this bakery owner got a chance to experience life as a sweet chef—and discover his many hidden talents. “I had no idea in the beginning that I would get so into the creative side of the baking business, but sometimes life has different plans for you,” affirms Cautela, who now wakes up every morning at 3 a.m. to get his shop ready for customers. “Baking is a perfect blend of creativity and science. In the savory world, you don’t always have to follow recipes with such accuracy. You can add a dash of something here and not worry about it messing up your dish. But baking is much more precise. You can mess things up pretty easily if you accidentally put in baking soda instead of baking powder,” says Cautela who feels that many of his natural traits, including patience and attention to detail, helped him to embrace the wonderful world of baking.

Yummy Cupcakes offers 26 different flavors daily from a portfolio of over 650 recipes including gluten–less, vegan and sugar-free. “Seasonal treats and cupcakes are made 16 different ways, so be sure to try the new Cupcakie Crunch, a real crowd pleaser,” says Cautela. Yummy Cupcakes caters to all of San Diego County and the space can be reserved for private parties as well.  Groups of up to 12 people can learn to build a parfait and decorate a collection of cupcakes. “We’re not just a cupcake store,” shares Cautela, “we provide diversity and dimension to dessert tables, weddings and holiday parties.”

Visitors to the store can find a variety of delicious cupcake creations including Cupcake Push Pops, Cupcake Truffle Packs, Cupcakie Pies, Cupcake Biscotti, Cupcakes on a Stick, and much more. In order to serve customers following special diets, Cautela created his own vegan, gluten-less and sugar-free cupcake recipes. “It was a lot of trial and error with the test batches, but I wanted to make sure that we had a cupcake for everybody. So many people in our area are on special diets, and I wanted to be able to serve the unique needs of our market.” His recipes paved the trail for other Yummy Cupcake franchise owners catering to the special dietary needs of their guests.

Cautela shares that on a busy Saturday, his store could easily bake 4,000 cupcakes. “It’s all a true balancing act from serving the in-store customers, to parties and other special occasions,” he says. “While it’s challenging, it’s also fun and unique.”

This jovial baker chocks up his success to his team—several of which are culinary institute graduates. “They exude such a bright energy.  They’re all unique and different and can easily embrace the chaos of the store. I wouldn’t feel as confident doing what I’m doing without them,” he says. “Happy people help create a happier environment.”

Location: 1514 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. Store hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 760-452-8136 or visit Delivery service is also available.

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