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Angel Cakes http://angelcakessf.com Blog updates from Angel Cakes gourmet cupcakes. en Sat, 10 Aug 2019 20:46:00 +0000 We’re hiring!  Angel Cakes is hiring a baker! https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/were-hiring-angel-cakes-is-hiring-a-baker angelcakes_entry_723

**The position has been filled!**


Angel Cakes is a cupcake bakery in Oakland located between West Oakland BART and Jack London Square, in the historic Gingerbread House building. We are currently open for walk-in customers Wednesday through Sunday, and have a prep day on Tuesday. We have a small staff of 5 and have been in business for approximately 10 years. Angel Cakes is a fast-paced environment that requires thinking on your feet and working as a team. We have a menu of over 120 cupcake flavors, and all staff members are encouraged to create new menu items. We make cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, and cookies.

We are currently hiring a baker! We are looking for a baker for 30+ hours a week with a set schedule Tuesday through Saturday, and optional additional hours on Sunday. The schedule would be: Tuesday 12-5, Wed, Thu, Fri 10:30 - 6:30, and Saturday 9:30-3:30. The primary responsibility of this role is baking and cleaning, though there is some customer service and there could be the option to decorate cupcakes as well. Starting wage is $16.48/hr plus tips (an additional $1-2 per hour worked, bringing your hourly wage to $17.48-18.48). We also provide paid lunch breaks, sick time, and some paid holidays. There is a staff meeting every Tuesday (lunch provided). 

Responsibilities for this position include:
- Baking cupcakes, cakes, and cookies
- Making frostings, fillings, and toppings
- Washing dishes, mopping, and other cleaning tasks
- Working as a team and being flexible
- Maintaining the overall organization and cleanliness of the baking area
- Always be thinking of efficiency and striving for improvement without compromising quality
- Ability to resolve routine questions and problems independently
- Decorating cupcakes (optional)
- Filling in at the front counter as needed

Candidates should:
- Be able to stand for several hours
- Be able to lift a 50 lb bag of flour
- Feel comfortable working on your own without direct supervision
- Feel comfortable interacting with customers at the front counter and on the phone
- Commit to being on time for shifts
- Have a valid drivers license. Use of a vehicle for deliveries is helpful but not mandatory.
- Enjoy cupcakes! If you don’t like sweets this is probably not a great fit for you!

No baking experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Experience in a retail environment, at another bakery, or as a home baker is helpful. All staff members must have an California Food Handlers Card and training will be provided if need.

To apply for this position, please email your resume/work history and a cover letter to Jen Angel at jen (at) angelcakesSF.com
The application process may include an interview and a (paid) trial work shift. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.


Sat, 10 Aug 2019 20:46:00 +0000
Summer Vacation! https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/summer-vacation angelcakes_entry_724

We will be closed for our summer break this year from Wednesday August 26 to Sunday September 1. Since we are generally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, we will reopen with normal hours on Wednesday September 4. Our normal shop hours are here, and you can place a custom order for before or after that time here

We take a week off in the summer and the winter, and we also observe the following holidays: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.

Happy summer!

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:07:00 +0000
We’re open!! https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/were-open angelcakes_entry_722

Wow friends - what an ordeal!

After a car crashed into the bakery on February 24, we've been closed for repairs, and we opened again on Saturday May 11! We are now back to our full normal operations. 

You all did an amazing job of supporting us through the last crazy 3 months and all of your messages (and orders!) really made the difference. We had some anxiety that customers wouldn't come back, and that anxiety has been dispelled completely by how busy our opening weekend was and how busy we are in the next couple of weeks. We am so grateful and feel like we owe a huge debt to the universe for helping us get to the other side of this.

Also, our employees are the awesomest! They stayed with us through the ups and downs and crazy schedules and different locations, and put in extra hours to get us back online. We are so grateful!

We wanted to thank all the people who put in labor and energy to help us make this happen: 

  • The building owner and property management team were amazing. We had total confidence that they were working hard to get us back in the shop. 
  • Our general contractor, Moore Construction, truly went above and beyond! If you visit the shop right now you probably wouldn't even know that a little while ago there was a huge gaping hole in the building. From matching the old siding and wood floor to finding someone to custom build a new door and dealing with inspectors and the gas company - they really made it all possible. I would highly recommend them for any rebuild project. 
  • Our insurance agent, Ken Bullock of State Farm, particularly our contact Carlye P, held our hand through the whole process. Also, business insurance saved our butts and made it possible to replace all of the broken things and to keep paying employees during this time. 
  • Did we mention the employees already? They deserve another mention! Makana, Ramona, Laura, Sarolta - you are amazing!
  • Natalie Pearce of Natty Cakes and Bonnie P of Platecraft Catering reached out to us early on in the crisis and offered to share their commercial kitchen so we could operate partially during the closure. It was such a pleasure to work in a collaborative, supportive shared kitchen environment! 
  • Everyone who donated to our GoFundMe campaign really helped us through the first weeks of the crisis before insurance kicked in, and helped with all the things insurance didn't cover and our deductible. PLUS! The lovely staff at GoFundMe kicked in an extra $1500 to our campaign! Yay!
  • All of our friends who carried things, fixed things, painted things, cleaned things, gardened, assembled Ikea furniture, and did other physical labor: Rachel H, Erika G, Eliza R, Leah R, Gina A, Matt L, Hannah H, Genevieve G, Mike E, Ocean M, Dan D, Todd B, Erik A
  • Steven from Berkeley Signs replaced the logo on our front door right before opening! 
  • Peterson Neon created this neon cupcake for us! 
  • Jess M and Grow Oakland Farm supplied flowers for our fundraising party - they are a great program and are our go-to flower supplier! 

We feel so great about all of the customers who returned during our opening weekend - it is such a vote of confidence to have your support. We're so happy to be back in our cupcake home. 


Sat, 18 May 2019 16:03:00 +0000
April 21 Fundraising Event & Construction Update https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/april-21-fundraising-event-construction-update angelcakes_entry_721

It has been such a wild and overwhelming few weeks since the car crash happened!

The community support has been amazing and we are getting through it. Thanks to the hard work of our landlord and the team at Moore Construction, there is no longer a gaping hole in the side of our beloved bakery and we are hoping for a May reopening!  There are still quite a few things to finish up inside, and we are waiting for PG&E to reinstall the gas meter that was plowed down by the car. We will send out an announcement as soon as we can schedule the party! You can see updates of the construction on our Instagram

In the meantime, we are hosting a fundraising event on Sunday evening, April 21! This will be a wine & cupcake happy hour where we will debut a new flavor called Car Crash. The event is $25 or free for donors to our GoFundMe campaign. All the details are here.

We are also still selling cupcake coupons here: https://squareup.com/store/angelcakesSF/item/coupon-gift-card 
Coupons will be mailed to you and will be redeemable at our retail shop when we reopen. 

Thank you to everyone who has reached out so far, your calls, texts, and emails have meant everything. We are getting a bit worn down by the whole ordeal but we are hopeful that we will be back to normal soon. 

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:54:00 +0000
Help Angel Cakes Rebuild https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/help-angel-cakes-rebuild angelcakes_entry_720

Dearest community -
On Sunday February 24 a speeding car crashed into the Angel Cakes building on Fifth Street in Oakland, causing a gas leak and extensive damage to the building. Fortunately, though staff were working at the time, no one was physically injured. I’ve included some photos and a link to a news report below.

We are thankful that no one was hurt, although we are completely devastated and in shock.

We are working with the building owner, our insurance company, and our community on a plan to reopen our retail shop. Though insurance will cover much of our anticipated expenses, they won’t cover everything and we will need your support to reopen. We know that this will impact us for a long time.

Our retail store will be closed for the next several weeks as we repair the building. We will be resuming our custom order business from an alternate location beginning A. All previously booked orders will be honored and we are also accepting new orders. You can place an order for April 4 or later here: http://www.angelcakes510.com/order
For questions and concerns about existing orders, please contact us at orders@angelcakesSF.com or leave a voicemail on the shop line at 510-301-4757

We can’t do this on our own, and here are some ways you can help: 

1. We will need financial help. Please contribute to the Rebuilding Fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-angel-cakes-rebuild
We will will host a special thank-you event for donors when the shop reopens. 

2. Please buy a cupcake coupon here: https://squareup.com/store/angelcakesSF/item/coupon-gift-card 
Coupons will be mailed to you and will be redeemable at our retail shop when we reopen. 

3. Sign up for our mailing list so you can get the announcement when our store re-opens: http://eepurl.com/gbGs5

4. Place an advance order for your birthday or event for later this year:  http://www.angelcakes510.com/order

5. We have several builders and contractors in our community but we may need more help. If you have skills or are available to volunteer time or labor, please email me at jen at angelcakesSF.com

6. If you have had our cupcakes before, post a review of our shop on Yelp to keep our listing active: https://www.yelp.com/biz/angel-cakes-cupcakes-oakland

7. Like and share this post on Facebook or other social media to help signal boost this message.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out so far, your calls, texts, and emails have meant everything. I know we will get through this together.

Jen Angel

News report:

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 20:18:00 +0000
Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Boxes https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/valentines-day-2019-gift-boxes angelcakes_entry_719

It's February, and you know what that means! Valentine's Day!

We are once again offering a gift box for delivery or pick up on Valentine's Day - Six delicious cupcakes wrapped up for your sweetie!

Valentine's Gift Boxes will be available for pickup on Thursday, February 14 between 12 pm and 7 pm, or select the delivery option for Thursday delivery between 10 am and 6 pm to San Francisco or the East Bay. 

You'll get six of our cupcakes in a box with a ribbon, with a personalized Valentine's note. Orders must be received by Wednesday February 13.

Flavors (2 each): 

Red Velvet
Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Rose Vanilla

Order gift boxes here: https://squareup.com/store/angelcakesSF/item/valentine-s-gift-box

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 21:16:00 +0000
Same Day Deliveries with Postmates https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/same-day-deliveries-with-postmates angelcakes_entry_718

For custom orders that need delivery, we're often able to schedule our delivery service for you. But what about last minute or same-day orders? This has always been a challenge for us, and we have signed up with Postmates to provide a solution!

If you are in need of a same-day cupcake delivery, you can now order an assortment of our daily selection through Postmates using this link.  

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:56:00 +0000
Holiday Flavors & Hours November & December 2018 https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/holiday-flavors-hours-november-december-2018 angelcakes_entry_717

Our most favorite time of the year! Jen LOVES Christmas but she's refraining from decorating the shop until after Thanksgiving (it's the right thing to do). 

Please note our adjusted holiday hours: 

Thursday Nov 22 - Thanksgiving - CLOSED, available Wednesday for pickups

Monday Dec 24 - Christmas Eve - CLOSED AS USUAL, but available by appointment for pickups
Tuesday Dec 25 - Christmas - CLOSED AS USUAL, but available by appointment for pickups

Wednesday Dec 26 - OPEN 12 to 5 pm
Thursday Dec 27 - OPEN 12 to 5 pm
Friday Dec 28 - OPEN 12 to 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday Dec 29 and 30 - OPEN 10 to 3 (normal hours)

Monday Dec 31 - New Year's Eve - CLOSED AS USUAL, but available by appointment for pickups
Tuesday Jan 1 - New Year's Day - CLOSED AS USUAL, but available by appointment for pickups

We will be closed for our annual winter break from Wednesday January 2 to Tuesday January 8. We will reopen for our normal hours on Wednesday, January 9. 

We have TONS of great holiday flavors for your family get togethers and office parties:

  • Pumpkin Spice/Pumpkin Chip
  • Gingerbread,
  • Old Fashioned Cocktail
  • Pecan Praline
  • Chocolate Peppermint/Candy Cane
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Coconut or Chocolate Pomegranate
  • Cherry Cordial
  • Ginger, Cardamom or Chai Spice
  • Egg nog
  • Maple / Maple Bacon
  • Spiced Pear Brandy
  • Apple Pie
  • PLUS our newest flavors: Tiramisu and Cookie Dough cupcakes!

All of our flavors are listed here:

Just be sure to order ahead so we can accomodate you! Please order here: 

Or call our store during retail hours at 510-301-4757.

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:39:00 +0000
New look for Angel Cakes Cupcake Shop! https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/new-look-for-angel-cakes-cupcake-shop angelcakes_entry_716

In October we remodeled our cupcake shop with a new front counter, building by Moore Construction & Remodel! 

We are extremely pleased with the way the project turned out. Our new counter is lower, so it's easier to see all of the cupcakes and delicious treats. It also has more shelving and storage 

Dane Moore and his staff did a great job coming up with the design based on our needs, and then they built the base off-site. The next day, they brought it over to the shop and installed it with the new quartz countertop. They attached the glass top and we painted it the next day. It was so easy! They are going to be our first call for any future construction projects. 

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:00:00 +0000
Happy Birthday to Us! https://angelcakes510.com/blog/entry/happy-birthday-to-us angelcakes_entry_420

Wow two years went by so fast! March 23 is the second anniversary of our store opening on 5th Street in Oakland!

It's been such a fun and challenging experience, and overall it's been a huge success for us. We love it!

To celebrate, we're having a social media contest - Post your photos or stories of Angel Cakes and our cupcakes to our Facebook page for a chance to win a gift package: a coupon for 24 cupcakes PLUS a logo mug and apron. Please make your post by the end of the day on Sunday, March 25. We'll pick a winner at random and announce them on Monday March 26. 

To start it off, we're including some of our favorite photos from getting the shop ready to open. We look forward to hearing all of your Angel Cakes memories!

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:18:00 +0000