A Sweet Life

Mckinney, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We pride ourselves on delicious recipes and attention to details that make every cake creation as unique as the event. Whether it is the stitching on a cake topper or the flair that we put on our cake boards to tie the whole presentation together...we consider it all as a part of our final product.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We love the creative process and sharing behind the scenes with our customers. One of our favorite things is to create something new that has never been seen before. Our philosophy about cake is simple. Use the freshest ingredients; Make from scratch; Attention to detail. We are a small artisan studio and we limit the orders that we take in order to stay true to our work and make sure that your event is given the focus that it deserves.

Location

Mckinney, TX 75071

Years in business

4

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

40 Reviews
  • Gloria S. Aug 19, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    From the first time I met Leigh I liked her personality. She was very professional and answered all my questions. The dessert bar was very lovely and the colors were perfect. My bridal cake was awesome!!! The flavors to everything were so delicious!!! It was so beautiful!!! Thanks for making our day the best!!
  • Tara D. Aug 8, 2017
    The cake was delicious and beautiful. I would recommend A Sweet Life for any occasion. Leigh is very professional and extremely helpful! I am certain everyone came back for seconds!
    Leigh G. Aug 9, 2017

    Tara, it was such a blessing to be the something sweet for your mom's wedding. You are wonderful to gift her something as special as her wedding cake.

  • Jennifer C. Jul 24, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh was amazing!! We had an idea of what we wanted and she was able to create something that was beyond our expectations! She is a true master of her craft. Our wedding cake was so beautiful and so tasty! Thank you for making our big day perfect. It was the icing on the cake!! p.s. When I get the photos back from the reception, I will be sure to upload to the site. But in the meantime, it sure is nice to have a professional picture of our cake taken by Leigh featuring her incredible work!
    Leigh G. Aug 9, 2017

    Jennifer, we can't wait to see the pictures from your wedding and your first cut into this beauty. We wish you and Rick all the happiness in the world.

  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 23, 2017
    Excellent experience. Right from the cake tasting to actually delivering the cake the experience was absolutely amazing. The cake looked and tasted better than we had ever imagined. All our guests loved the cake. Thank you so much Leigh for making our wedding cake absolutely delicious and beautiful.
  • Mandy M. Jun 6, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough of how impressed and delighted we are with our experience. From the very first phone call, to the tasting, to the detailing, to the very day, Leigh was nothing short of amazing. She helped us bring our dream vision to life. It was gorgeous and equally delicious. Our guests demolished it! Look no further!!!
  • Huyen P. Jun 4, 2017
    I love how my son 1st birthday cake turn out! The cake colors matches so well with my son theme colors. I choose expresso and almond flavors and it was so delicious and super moist!!
  • Ana V. May 8, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh was absolutely wonderful! From the moment we met her at our cake tasting we knew that she would be it. She is so hospitable and sweet and welcoming. And her cakes are absolutely delicious! It was so hard to choose just one flavor! The cakes she made for our wedding were stunning! We had a barely naked cake and a grooms cake with a game of thrones theme! She made the coolest iron throne and dragon! And the flavor was amazing. We cannot wait to get a cake from her again!
  • Candace S. May 8, 2017
    Leigh was very personable and flexible. I contacted her about a week before my event. She had a big event and was able to squeeze in my order. The cake pops exceed my expectations. I needed them for my daughters baptism and they were beautiful. They were very moist and flavourful. I would order again for my next big event.
  • Deborah H. May 5, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    The cake tasting was a real treat. Both my fiance and I went and there was no question that we wanted Leigh from A Sweet Life to create our wedding cake. She let's you do your own thing but makes very helpful suggestions based on your likes. We had divine carrot cake in the bottom layer and dark chocolate on the top two tiers - DIVINE and our guests were blown away. As she told us it would be, our cake size was perfect for the number of guests and she delivered the cake and showed my friend how to cut it perfectly. I don't plan to get married again, but I would certainly use A Sweet Life again for any special celebration. Great service and great cake.
  • Keif D. Apr 15, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    You will not be disappointed!
    She is great on capturing your ideas on what your looking for and the flavor of the cake was amazing!!!!!
  • Belinda T. Mar 20, 2017
    Rose cake pops...AMAZING!
    From start to finish...AMAZING! delivery was on time and they had taken such care in packaging of the Rose cake pops to make sure I could drive them home from my office without issue. The colors were EXACTLY what I asked for...blush pink and soft yellow. The actual artistry in the making of these is off the charts...they look real! It was a center piece that was ooh and aah'd over! The taste was delish!
  • Noelle P. Mar 9, 2017
    Made our wedding day!
    Leigh was fantastic! She delivered exactly what we asked for! We wanted a geod cake for our wedding and did better then I could've asked for. She is on time and great at communicating. She made our wedding day easier then all the other vendors. She won't disappoint!
  • Lauren M. Feb 20, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Wedding cake consult
    Havent seen my cake yet, however the consult went amazing. A Sweet Life provides all the appropriate information to make good choices for your cake. She is able to answer all questions professionally and with good knowledge of her skills.
  • Courtney V. Dec 31, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Perfect!
    Leigh was so wonderful to work with and always so responsive! The cake was beautiful and tasted even better!! Would highly recommend A Sweet Life for any event!!
  • Melissa L. Dec 22, 2016
    Expertly crafted sugar flowers - artistry on a cake
    Found Leigh searching on Google and she was one of the top bakers in Dallas. Her whole communication process was professional, with an extensive questionnaire that captured all details needed for her to get an idea of what we'd like our cake to be. The cake tasting experience was great! We were presented with 3 cake flavors and 3 icing/frosting flavors that could mix and match to find what works for us. She was very knowledgeable about cakes and pastries and gave us options on what would work best. As you can see from the pictures, she is really an artist! Her sugar flowers are to die for! We loved how they turned out and the aesthetic of the cake was exactly what we wanted. The only could be better was how the moist the cake turned out to be. In fairness, Leigh did warn us about possible drying because of the minimal cake frosting (by choice since we decided on a naked cake). But the flavor was great and just enough sweetness to balance the tartness of the lemon. Overall, I was happy with the cake. It was beautiful and was the sweet we needed to start the "sweetness" in our marriage.
  • Sergio M. Nov 10, 2016
    Fantastic experience
    Leigh went above and beyond. She made or wedding cake an amazing experience. I could not have been happier. The day of our wedding was a little nuts but it felt good knowing i didn't have to worry about our cake.
  • Kati D. Nov 8, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Just perfect! The cakes & the fantastic woman creating them!
    Leigh was wonderful from beginning to end! She surprised my husband with a one of kind hive, groom's cake. He's a beekeeper. We had a first look with David, the cake & her, which I'm told went awesome! Waiting on those awesome shots :) Couldn't be happier with this sweet, amazing woman's work & special effort into making our day! You were by far my favorite vendor! Thanks so much! The Adairs
    Leigh G. Nov 9, 2016

    There are those moments in our life where everything we know about love changes in an instant. As a cake artist we have the privilege of hearing many different love stories and each one leaves us with a feeling that we are the definitive experts on all things love....and then you meet a couple that will take all that you know to a new level. This was true when I met Katie & David. They will remain one of our great love stories and forever change our opinion of bees and why we should love them too. Congratulations you two. I have enjoyed every moment of my time with you and to be honored in your first look is truly something special.

  • Diane L. Oct 20, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Amazing Cakes! Delicious Creme Brulee Filling!
    We had a wonderful experience with Leigh! She was very professional and knowledgeable. We had a great consultation meeting with her where she spent time getting to know us and helping us decide what would work best for our wedding. Her recommendations regarding cake size and flavors were spot on. The cake tasted phenomenal! Creme brulee is my favorite dessert, and her creme brulee filling was what sold it for me. She paid special attention to detail, especially regarding the shape of the cake and the placement of the flowers which was important to me. She was also very responsive, accomodating, and quick to answer questions. Everything was perfect!
  • Amber H. Oct 11, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    ❤❤❤
    Leigh seriously went above and beyond to ensure my cake was what I wanted. Not to mention it was DELICIOUS! I recommend her 100%
  • Leisha C. Oct 11, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Beautiful Wedding Cake!
    Leigh did our wedding cake and our grooms cake for our wedding on October 1. She was very reasonably priced and went above and beyond to make our cakes amazing! They were beautiful and my husband absolutely loved his grooms cake! She was amazing to work with.
  • Karla D. Oct 2, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    JC and Karla's Wedding cake
    Great personalize costumer experience. Excellent guidance with design and flavors. Wedding cake even more delicious than tasting day!! Every guest complimented the cake.
  • Claudia A. Jul 28, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    He Cake was so delicious. Leigh did outstanding job. All my family was happy with the beautiful cake. Thank you!!!
  • Chelsey H. Jul 23, 2016
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    Leigh was fantastic to work with. Her cookies were so personalized and you can tell she greatly cares about her work. The communication was great and she even gave me a sneak peek via text while they were in progress. It was a wonderful experience and a great product. I highly recommend!
  • Valerie B. Jul 18, 2016
    5 Stars all the way! Just amazing.....from presentation to taste! I was blown away with the final product! Leigh was the greatest! I cannot say enough good things!! Definitely use if you get the opportunity....
  • Anita T. Jul 15, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Probably in the top 5 best cakes I have ever had! Leigh is wonderful, very professional and approachable! I have been recommending her to all my brides (bridal stylist)! Thank you Leigh! It was all beautiful!
  • Sherrie S. Jun 30, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh is a jewel! She listened to what we needed for our daughter's wedding, and went over, above and beyond! From the cake tasting to the finished project, we were kept informed, and she even sent pictures of the cake as it was progressing. She gifted the bride and groom with a sketch she had made before painting the cake. Our theme was Legend of Zelda, which we thought would be difficult, but she was a real trooper. She researched and made everything work. The finished project, which was a gorgeous reveal cake, was the centerpiece of the reception and almost took away from the bride and groom, it was so amazing. Numerous people came to me to tell me what an outstanding job she had done, including one who was a professional chef who wanted me to let her know that she was tremendously impressed. Not only that, but we did everything long distance, as mom and dad of the bride live in Colorado and the bride and groom are in Texas. What a shame I don't live closer! She would get ALL of our business from now on, but I'm sure that the bride/groom and all of the Texas family will use Leigh for every special occasion from now on! She's also so friendly and personable, she takes an interest in what she's doing and in the family she's doing it for. Super, super job, Leigh! We can't thank you enough for the amazing job and effort you put into our daughter's special day.
    Leigh G. Jul 6, 2016

    It was a joy to work with you but we are so sad that it is over. Thank you for being open to my ideas. I hope you will share pictures from the wedding when you get them.

  • Bekah H. Jun 27, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    I cannot say enough positive things about A Sweet Life!! We ordered a 3 tier cake for our vow renewal, everything was PERFECT!! Leigh was phenomenal and a joy to work with!
    Leigh G. Jul 6, 2016

    Thank you for letting us be your something sweet and you and Rushing celebrated at last with family and friends. You guys are the best.

  • Carlene N. Jun 25, 2016
    Leigh made a beautiful 3 tiered cake with an adorable sugar elephant on top for my baby shower. Each tier had it's own flavor and while my favorite was the white almond, every one was delicious. Not only was the cake moist and flavorful, but the attention to detail in the design was extraordinary. I highly recommend A Sweet Life for your next event. I have no doubt you will be genuinely impressed.
    Leigh G. Jul 6, 2016

    Can't wait for that baby to get here. We call dibs on the first birthday celebration.

  • Dee B. Jun 20, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Beautiful tasty cakes for my son's wedding with dependable results and delivery!
  • Melissa N. Jun 2, 2016
    Our cake was delivered right on time by a very friendly yet professional lady. The graduation cake was the hit of the celebration, beautiful and the most delicious cake any of us had ever had. I will be getting ALL of my cakes from here from now on.
  • Dion K. Apr 25, 2016
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    I hired A Sweet Life to make a custom cake and cake pops for my wife's baby shower. They did an amazing job. They were a pleasure to work with; from start to finish. The end product was exactly what I wanted. Everyone at the shower loved the cake pops and most importantly, my wife was in love with the cake. We almost didn't want to cut it. lol
  • Donna M. Apr 24, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
  • Ashley M. Apr 4, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    We enjoy supporting local artists and look forward to having Leigh make our wedding cake in May!
  • Valerie B. Mar 3, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Wedding in July 2016. Having cupcakes, Groom's Cake and Monogrammed cookies made by A Sweet Life! GREAT company! Can't say enough nice things! Leigh was very sweet and made the 'tasting' so much fun! Would definitely recommend and will use again if the need ever arises! Job WELL done! Thank you Leigh!
  • Jennifer H. Feb 9, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    My fiance and I went to SEVERAL bakeries in Dallas before discovering Leigh. They were all the same, not great quality flavors and very overpriced. What Leigh was able to offer us was so amazing. She truly caters every cake to the individual and puts a lot of time and effort into getting to know the couple. We are so happy she will be a part of our big day in April.
    Leigh G. Feb 9, 2016

    You both will go down on record as one of the most adorable couples ever. I can't wait to start piping your lace on your wedding cake and making Michael's decadent german chocolate (of course with the Clemson Paw). We could not wish you more happiness than you have already found for yourselves!

  • Amber T. Jan 3, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    We met with Leigh today for a tasting and hired her on the spot. Not only were the cakes delicious, but Leigh is a delight as well! I'm personally so excited to show off her handiwork at our wedding. Thanks so much, Leigh!
    Leigh G. Jan 4, 2016

    We are looking forward to your special day Amber and the intimate family wedding you have envisioned....but most of all for being the bride that loves a surprise for her bride's tier and we are really excited to give you something special to cut into for your ceremonial slice.

  • Daren M. Jan 2, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh made our wedding cake and did an amazing job. I brought her a picture of the cake I wanted and she replicated it perfectly. Every guest commented on how great the cake was. I cannot express how wonderful Leigh is and what a delight it was to work with her.
    Leigh G. Feb 9, 2016

    Daren and Rick...you both embody love. Your love story still makes me tear up and when I think of the love and dedication you have to one another...well the rest of us would be lucky to come close.

  • Gail G. Oct 20, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Although my daughter's wedding is not until next April, Leigh has been very easy to communicate and work with. We are looking forward to beautiful and delicious Wedding and Groom's cakes created by Leigh.
  • Carol C. Sep 15, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh was a pro and really knew how to make us feel at ease with the entire process. We plan on using her services every year to celebrate our anniversary!
  • Sohy W. Sep 1, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Leigh has been a delight and pleasure to work with. Completely professional and has made our dreamcake a possibility for our wedding. Based on the cake tasting consultation, I'm confident our cakes will be amazing for our big day. Thank heaven for A Sweet Life!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Custom cakes are priced per serving. You will find starting prices for cakes based on default options such as vanilla cake and standard buttercream frosting. Premium flavors, fillings, frostings and flair continue to increase the time and cost per serving. It is important to talk with your cake artist to ensure you understand the options to you if you are on a budget. Be honest and open about what you are able to spend and understand that this will limit your design.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We begin the design process with the number of servings, budget and theme for the event. A design mockup is submitted to the customer along with a quote. Often we provide different cost options to allow the customer to create something very unique. For weddings and large event celebrations we will arrange for a private cake tasting appointment to settle on the flavor profiles for the event. At this time a final contract is drawn up and a schedule is set for the cake. During the cake making process we share sneak peeks for the customer so that they can get a glimpse in the behind-the-scenes of the cake making process to keep them involved. The final reveal is sent and delivery is made. Afterwards there is always a follow-up with the customer to make sure that everything met with their satisfaction. All our designs are as unique as the people that we make them for and in this very highly personalized service we always make sure that the quality of the final product as well as keeping the customer engaged throughout helps to give reassurances that we have everything taken care of.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Cake artistry is a craft that is continuing to evolve. We dedicate time to perfecting techniques, writing industry related blogs and tutorials to help other artisans further their craft. This is an important part of our philosophy to share the love we have for the craft with others so that they may become better and delight their customers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
We started by making a cake for a friend long ago. There was so much appreciation and joy in that one cake that it felt wonderful to be able to do this for more people.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Since all of our cakes are custom creations there are no two cakes that are alike. Our services range from custom cake artistry, modeled or structured cakes to cookie and cake pop favors that round out the dessert tablescape. Most of our business is for weddings or large events where there is 100+ guests, however we love those special moment cakes that we get often from our clients that just keep coming back for more cake and to see what we will create next.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of our recent creations was to create a Legend of Zelda theme wedding cake. It was designed to be a classic wedding cake in the front but if you stepped behind there were open drapes that revealed the magical Kingdom of Hyrule. It was such a delight to see everyone's faces when the cake was finally delivered. We love painting on cakes and the joy that comes from making something that is a one-of-a-kind for our customers.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The best advice I can offer potential customers is to have the details you want for your event. Know the servings, cake flavor and frosting preferences you have as well as the design you are looking for. If you are open to a design, try to give some idea of the theme or feel that you are going for. Many of our clients bring us inspiration pictures and while we do not like to copy designs we do use these as the basis to create some new and original for our clients.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Cake artistry takes time to plan. While we wish we could accommodate all our customers requests, we often have to turn down cake orders simply because it would compromise the time we need to invest in other cakes. A professional will break down the process of making your custom cake. They will have great communication throughout the whole process and keep the client engaged. You want to look for this in your professional and ask questions if you don't feel this is part of their process.