Meet Shani


  Shani Christenson ~ The Sweet Life ~ 

Shani Christenson
Shani Christenson – photo by In Her Image Photography

I grew up baking.  My grandmother is a cake designer and my mother is an accomplished baker and artist.  I definitely inherited their creative passion and artistic talents as well as their baking skills.   My cake adventures began with my love for baking special treats for my family combined with my obsessive need to be creative and make beautiful things.  Sweet art was my calling and I jumped in whole heartedly.  Not being able to afford pastry school or any other formal classes, I did my best to gather knowledge where I could. Youtube, online tutorials, Craftsy, books, anything that I could get my hands on really.  So I guess you can say that I was taught by the cake community as a whole.  It really is amazing what an open, generous and sharing community it is.  I have been creating artisan cakes for 5 years now and loving every minute of it.                                                                                  ~ Life is Sweet ~  

  I have a fully registered, permitted and insured home bakery working under the California Cottage Food Law.  I offer wedding cakes, celebration cakes, cupcakes, decorated sugar cookies, and a variety of dessert buffet options under my sister business Shani’s Sweet Creations.  I am constantly experimenting and trying new recipes and flavor combinations.  I am obsessed with making all things sweet and beautiful.

   I live in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth in my opinion.  Mendocino is on the rugged northern coast of California.  This charming Victorian village is surrounded by spectacular ocean views and majestic redwood forests.  The artistic inspiration is unlimited.  Being able to live here and make beautiful things for people to enjoy is my dream, and I am so grateful to be living it.  

Shani Christenson
Photo by In Her Image Photography