Cayla Jordan’s cheesecakes are a sweet success
Cayla Jordan is Sacramento’s cheesecake queen. After launching a pop-up shop on Mother’s Day last year, where she sold her bite-sized sweets, she opened three brick-and-mortar locations, including one on R Street across from the Warehouse Artist Lofts and another that opened two weeks ago in the Westfield Galleria at Roseville for the holiday season.
When she was 4 years old, Jodan began baking with her mother, an activity the two enjoyed together. This pastime morphed into an obsession, as Jordan says she works tirelessly every day, oftentimes from sunup to the late-night hours, to craft the Instagram-ready mini-cheesecakes that are the center of her fast-growing dessert empire, Creamy’s.
“I just like little baby things,” Jordan says of her cheesecakes baked in mini-muffin pans. “Like, they’re so cute. Plus, cheesecake is such a dense and rich dessert that you don’t really need a lot.”
Each month, Jordan debuts a new flavor of cheesecake such as Circus Animal Cookie and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. These flavor experiments complement her far-and-away bestseller: the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake with an Oreo crust and a chocolate chip cookie topper.
A relentless taste-tester, Jordan workshops four flavors each month before choosing one winner. For November, it’s Hot Cocoa topped with what she calls “unicorn sprinkles.” She’ll pair the seasonal cheesecake bite with cups of hot cocoa and serve them out of a small shop on wheels next to downtown Sacramento’s pop-up ice rink for the entirety of the season.
Another standout dessert innovation from Jordan is the substitution of frozen cheesecake for ice cream in cookie sandwiches. Flavor-wise, she says frozen cheesecake is pretty similar to ice cream, but texturally, cheesecake is superior because it doesn’t melt, thus making it the perfect vessel for kids and even messy adults.
The growing popularity of Creamy’s necessitates Jordan’s packed schedule, which she documents on Instagram and YouTube. And although her hours might overwhelm the 9-to-5 baker, Jordan says she’s never happier than when she’s working on her bite-sized treats.
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” Jordan says. “It’s so busy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”