Kara’s Cupcakes is the vision of executive pastry chef, Kara Lind. A somewhat rebellious child, Kara’s sweet tooth is almost legendary in her family. The daughter of a dentist, Kara’s love for sweet treats was discouraged by her parents. She learned early in childhood to hide candy and other sweets throughout her family home. This appreciation of sweets is among Kara’s earliest and strongest memories. As an advertising sales executive and passionate home baker, Kara realized the importance of following her dreams and enrolled in pastry school. With the goal of furthering her baking skill set, she diligently embraced this program. A small word of mouth cupcake catering business soon was born. It quickly became so popular that demand for her cupcakes exceeded her ability to fill the orders. Before long, the first Kara’s Cupcakes bakery and retail store opened in San Francisco, followed by a retail outlet in historic Ghirardelli Square.
Today, a mom and entrepreneur with eight busy bakeries selling her famous cupcakes, Kara can still be found most mornings working in the kitchen with her dedicated pastry staff. She visits the farmers markets regularly, looking for inspiration, and sourcing seasonal items for upcoming cupcakes flavors. Thankfully, as the owner of a cupcake bakery she no longer needs to hide sweets, preferring to share her new finds.
Since 2006, Kara’s Cupcakes has continued its focus not only on its local and sustainable business and baking practices, but also ongoing philanthropy donating over $1.5 million to the community and local charities. Last year, the company gave away more than 350,000 cupcakes to feed the needy and over $25K to local charities for schools, non-profit organizations, etc. The company’s sustainable focus and green practices led to its most recent award for “Beyond the Check – Community Partnership in Sustainability” by the San Francisco Business Times.