Hi there, welcome to my Sweet Treat Headquarters! I am Leah Loose: Fort Worth native, Trinity Valley grad, cake connoisseur, and lover of all things sweet, bright, unique and covered in sprinkles!
I moved back to Texas in 2010 after I got my degree in Communication from St Mary’s College in Moraga, California and then my Patisserie and Baking certification from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA. I always knew I wanted (let’s be honest— HAD to) do something creative with my life. I got this crazy idea after watching too many hours of the Food Network during college that I wanted to open a cake studio. After I called my parents and broke the news (and like they always have been, my sweet parents were supportive as ever) there was no looking back! Leah’s Sweet Treats is now my dream come to reality, and I couldn’t be happier about the sweet little place I have created.
I love my job because I get to: Be creative, every day. Spread joy and make people smile. Always have a delicious moist cupcake ready to eat at any moment. And most importantly, I get to be a part of people’s special moments in life.
I have always had a love for baking, creating artwork, sewing, crafting, painting, and making gifts for my family and friends. I truly feel that my unyielding enthusiasm of art and baking is the perfect recipe for success. With a respect for tradition and an eye for modernity and pop culture, I guarantee a distinctively different dessert for any and all occasions. I take pride in every single cake and cupcake that we make here, and view it as a reflection of myself as not only a pastry chef, but also as an artist. At Leah’s Sweet Treats we strive to give our clients exactly what they want on their special day, and also knock your socks off with how good it tastes! It doesn’t matter how great it looks on the outside- if it tastes crummy (or crumby) on the inside, that’s all people remember. All of my sweet treats are made from the finest ingredients, always fresh- never frozen, nothing from a bucket, and absolutely no oils or shortening ever!
Tristan is my head cake decorator, and He. Is. Amazing. Tristan is so super talented that I can literally give him any design or direction and he makes it happen like a pro. He is my “character king” and can make any little creature or critter out of fondant- probably blind folded. He’s got that patience and precision thing down to a science, and he creates nothing short of perfection every time! He also has a pretty unique taste in music (can you say Britney and Celine?!) that keeps us on our feet all day while we’re working away! He’s a pleasure to be around and always makes us laugh— you can’t buy that kind of perfect employee criteria. Most people assume that I make every single cake that walks out the door here- but trust me, there are certain cakes that you want Tristan’s hand in. I am a “go with the flow” kind of girl, and Tristan is a “perfectly perfect scrupulous pain staking time consuming pattern” kind of guy. We are the perfect combo of whimsy and meticulous! Without him, all your cakes would be covered in flowers and glitter and giant fondant bows ;)
Tyler is our favorite intern turned amazing employee!! She is our little "Taylor Swift-look-alike-super fan" amazing pastry chef! Don’t let her braces or side pony tails fool ya, she can bake and decorate better than chefs who have been in the industry as long as she’s been alive! She is sweet, determined, and creative as they come! Tyler will help you take orders and make sure we have a design that is everything your heart desires! Tyler is our “Brownie/Macaron/Kolache/Queen of everything baked!” She seriously NAILS everything she tries, and has the most natural talent of anyone I’ve ever come across in this industry. She also has an innate ability to read my mind. I don’t even have to say it, and she’s on it!! She is my little early riser and wakes up when most of you are going to sleep to get our sweet treats in the oven! We love her as much as she loves T Swift, …..and that is A LOT!
Aaron is my hunky banker husband that helps me at the front desk on the weekends. Well let me rephrase that--- if it’s cold, or raining, or he’s injured, or its not TCU football season, he helps me on the weekends... Otherwise he’s out golfing... (can you blame him??) But when he is here, he’s amazingly helpful and great with my customers!! He can use that cash register and carry those heavy cakes out to your car like a true expert. But beware, if there is mint chip in the case— he will make you buy one (his favorite). He also helps me behind the scenes with all those numbers and “financial things” that go right over my right-brained head. He’s my incredibly supportive rock, and I pity him because I’m not sure he knew what he was getting into when he started dating a girl that owned a bakery. ;) He’s in it for the long haul now!!
My Grandma (or Gramcracker Rose as I like to call her) is my sweet, precious, loving grandma that comes in every Friday and helps us with our piles and piles of dishes. She is so supportive and amazing that it’s hard to justify putting her to work like we do... But I know she wouldn’t have it any other way!! She does any and everything she can to help me here and I’m so lucky to have a Grandma that is so willing and ready to help me— especially with the worst job in the joint: the dishes!!! She also is a master sweeper- and also entertaining as all get out when she tells us stories of yesteryear (especially ALL the ENDLESS stories about how I’m the favorite Grandchild... ...Just kidding!)
My Mom, Karen, (Or Karbear as I like to call her) does oh so much for me here!! She comes in every Saturday, without fail, (and lots of Friday afternoons too...!!) and helps me get organized, clean, mop, sprinkles cupcakes- anything and everything I need her help with— and all before we even open!! Talk about dedication: coming in on a Saturday morning at 6:30 AM... For free... Wowsas!! Whenever I have to go out of the town, she covers for me (and she has a full time job working with my Dad, people!) Whenever I call her in a panic she has a solution, whenever I run out of lemons or buttermilk, she drops some off for me. Whenever there is laundry spilling everywhere she takes it home and does it for me. I mean she’s the ULTIMATE Mom- you couldn’t ask for better or more!!! You will definitely see her up front on weekends. She helps me with customers and helps cover the front when I have Wedding tastings. Heck you might even think she’s my sister when you see her up there— we get it all the time! :) She also LOVES to run her own special deals on Saturday afternoons when we still have cupcakes left---- come in at 2PM on Saturday and find her there, you’re going to get yourself a deal!
My Dad (or JC as I like to call him, J Sizzle if he’s in a really good mood) the man who made this all possible...!! You will probably find him sitting on the cupcake chair up front (if he’s not in the back being my handy man- fixing any of my oven, or sink, or fridge related problems) and he’ll probably tell you how delicious, and moist, and wonderful the cupcakes are, and how you can’t go wrong. Granted he might be the tiniest bit biased, but he’s not just saying it because he’s my Dad- he truly believes it! He’s the most supportive person in my life, and let’s all give thanks to him for not laughing in my face or hanging up on him when I called him from California and told him I wanted to make cakes for a living! He has answered every single one of my frantic phone calls, and he’s the one who always tells me to keep on going when I feel like I’m drowning in buttercream and suffocating in sprinkles. Not to mention he keeps a steady supply of my business cards with him at all times, and pushes my business on to any and everyone he meets. Free PR?? I’ll take it!
Ariann is our front counter girl that we are all obsessed with. She is our very first front counter girl we’ve EVER had at LST, and dang did we pick a good one! She is hands down the most positive, energetic, thoughtful gal I know! Ariann will welcome you and help you to pick out your Sweet Treats, make your coffee, ring you up, help you place an order, or talk to you on the phone!! Ariann is always ready and willing to answer any questions and help our customers in any way possible! She keeps up happy and laughing even when things are tense in our kitchen! Ariann is a seminary student, and she hails from Grapeland, TX. We never want her to leave us… Just stay here and study seminary forever Ariann! Be sure and ask her to sing her signature “Welcome” song whenever you come in!
Everybody say Hi to Michelle! Michelle is our baker babe, with an edge! She loves skulls and scream-o music, but can also sing every word of every George Strait song, and has a majorly cute shoe addiction! She completed our grueling 3 month internship and we were absolutely thrilled when she became an official member of our Sweet Team! Michelle is our cookie connoisseur I mean… have you TRIED her famous Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs yet?! If not, you’re missing out. Chef Michelle bakes, decorates, and comes up with new recipes! Chef Michelle is our "resourceful" one. Whenever I’m stuck on how to do something, she always comes up with a different way of figuring things out! Chef Michelle can also help you place any order, and answer any questions you may have about our products or ordering process. She may be short, but this girl has BIG things in her future here at LST! We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!