Jamaica Crist grew up in the small coastal town of Newport, Oregon. Her first job was as dishwasher in a local restaurant. While in high school, her mother opened a small cafe and had Jamaica help run the place. She worked there until moving to Eugene, Oregon to attend college. She continued to work in a variety of restaurants, moving thru all the various positions: hostess, waitress, cashier, bar back and pantry/prep/dessert cook. It was while in Eugene that Jamaica found her true passion...desserts!
After taking a few pastry and baking classes at the local college, she started working at The Sweet Life Patisserie and fell in love with the art of the wedding cake. She picked up the style of incorporating fresh flowers onto all of her cakes and continues to do so as her signature touch. "I feel it adds a fresh, organic feel to the cake. We don't do a sugary, sweet style, so why add sugary, sweet flowers? It makes more sense to me, and there's nothing more beautiful than the real thing," says Jamaica. Jamaica even grows flowers in her own garden that she uses on her cakes! Click here for some picture of Jamaica's flower garden.
She later met, and married, her husband James and moved back to his home town of Los Angeles, California. After a few years of working regular jobs, and not finding the right bakery for her, she realized it was time to open her own shop.
Jamaica's Cakes was born in the spring of 2005, and Jamaica has never looked back since. Her store continues to grow it's reputation as one of the best in the LA area. Jamaica invites you to stop by her store front location to sample some of her delightful desserts.