About Us

The Cute Cakes Story

It all began in a country kitchen in Southern Virginia, where a little girl named Jill sat watching her grandmother painstakingly place dried fruits on wine-soaked fruitcakes, grate fresh coconut for the Easter cake, and carefully fill the insides of the freshly baked cream puffs. It didn’t really matter what dessert she was making – it was the process that intrigued the little girl, as well as the attention that her grandmother gave to each small detail and the tireless instruction that accompanied her work. When the dessert was done, it was more than fabulous. It not only looked beautiful and tasted wonderful… but the love that went into it was very real, and so comforting.

Many years have gone by, but the lessons from that southern kitchen were passed on in her own home, to her own three kids, and now in her growing bakery and cafe. She learned that baking good things to eat was about far more than feeding the hungry supper crowd…. It’s about showing love for your family, bringing comfort to those who need it, and about using your gifts and talents to make other people happy.

The Beginning of Cute Cakes

Cute Cakes Bakery began in 2009 utilizing a small commissary kitchen, rapidly expanded to a small retail bakery in Escondido in 2010 which quickly proved too small for the growing business. In 2015, Cute Cakes made yet another leap of faith and purchased their current location on West Grand Avenue in Escondido, expanding once again to incorporate a Café where people can enjoy breakfast & lunch, weekend Brunch organic coffee or tea, Mimosas, Wine, Local Beer & Cider and of course an endless supply of southern hospitality.

Cute Cakes Vision

Jill loves what she does and employs a wonderful staff of creative people who share in her vision of creating a comforting space for guests to visit, as well as delicious products to take and enjoy with others. Cute Cakes is about celebrations. It’s about family moments. It may be a child’s birthday, a special dinner party, a wedding or a baptism. Perhaps it’s just a Thursday night and your entire family can sit down to supper together! For today’s busy family, that’s certainly reason to celebrate! Cute Cakes is about enjoying those moments. Jill’s hope is that the love that she and her staff put into their work will add that extra bit of sweetness to your celebration!

Sales Team

Jill Reilly
Owner, CEO

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Sara Dean
General Manager

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Kari Thomas
Cake Dealer

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Cat Briggs
Cake Dealer

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Kathryn Schnizler
Cake Dealer

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Rene Thayer
Office Coordinator

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