When Tina Stevens was in the throes of planning her wedding, she
left multiple cake tastings unimpressed. A longtime home baker — the Berkeley resident has been at it for about 20 years now — Stevens decided she’d make her own wedding cake.
It took lots of reading, testing, and attending classes, but she was thrilled with the final product: a three-tier cake decorated with a basket weave effect in chocolate, carrot, and vanilla bean with lemon curd. After the wedding, family members and friends all rushed to have Stevens make their wedding and birthday cakes, too.
Two years ago, those efforts formally became A Girl Named Pinky, a custom bakery business operating out of La Cocina in San Francisco. While she makes cookies and other treats, Stevens most adores returning to her roots via wedding, birthday, and other big celebration cakes. “I’m in the happy business,” she said, laughing.
Now, she has her first pop-up, located in Old Oakland’s E14 Gallery (472 9th St.). Stevens serves cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and brownies in her pink corner of the space from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Her most popular items are her cupcakes stuffed with lemon curd and cookies and cream cupcakes, which feature Oreos baked into the cupcake itself and blended into the buttercream topping. They go for $3.50.
The holiday pop-up will come to an end Dec. 30. But now that Stevens is interacting with customers on a daily basis for the first time, she’s eager for more. In addition to continuing custom orders, she hopes to participate in farmers’ markets and festivals across the Bay Area.
“It’s wonderful. Everyone is so nice,” she said. “Definitely, I plan to get myself out there more.”