By Share Kitchen
Creamy, fresh, and never frozen: This is what you can expect with each bite of the New York Style Original Cheesecake by justMe Sweets in Indio.
“Baking is my area of expertise, and everything I make is homemade from scratch,” says Veronica Burgen, who has combined her love of baking and desire to own her own business.
She and her husband operate justMe Sweets — including production and packaging operations — in a “share kitchen” they operate for other culinary entrepreneurs. “I am happy to share the kitchen with others because it is nice to see them grow and pick up business and accounts,” Burgen beams.
She wanted to keep the company name simple and sweet, adding the slogan “Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards.”
“Our Original Cheesecake is our top seller,” Burgen says. The in-demand dessert is a 10-inch round that serves about 16 pieces and is available in two other flavors: an all berry-style Cheesecake topped with a three-berry preserve from Louise’s Pantry in Palm Desert, and the Brandini-style Cheesecake topped with locally made Brandini Toffee Toppers.
A close family friend gifted Burgen with the recipe long ago. “Our secret topping is what makes our cheesecake special,” she says. “Once people try it, it sells itself.”
In addition to cheesecake, justMe Sweets also creates Chocolate Cake, Carrot Pineapple Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies, Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookies, S’more Bars, Graham Cracker Bars, and Oatmeal Sweet Bars.
justMe Sweets’ Original Cheesecake and other specialties are available at restaurants and retailers across the Coachella Valley. They include Mary Pickford Theater and Sammy’s Place in Cathedral City; Mario’s Italian Café in Indio and Coachella; Mangos in Coachella; and Jules Market in La Quinta. www.julesmarket.com