I am a firm believer that all cute things are even cuter when they are mini. Natalie Wilbur from The Dotted Apron obviously shares my sentiments, as mini desserts are her bread and butter! Not only are her decadent mini donuts and pies adorable, but they are absolutely delicious perfect little bite size morsels.
Natalie has a long history working in catering in the Southern California area (both at the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons Hotel companies) and has only in the past few years branched out to pursue her own venture. It’s been so exciting to see her become an overnight success. The Dotted Apron was born long before Natalie was of legal hiring age. Her grandmother introduced her to baking with “real” ingredients, like cream and real butter, and her mother continued to encourage Natalie’s talent by always fostering her love of cooking.
Along with baking all of the goodies, Natalie and her team set up the poshest displays that seamlessly flow with the other design elements of any wedding or event. Her bridal shower tea parties are some of my favorites. Beyond her talent and creativity, Natalie is such a warm and friendly person. She is just as sweet as her pastries! Natalie shares that she is inspired by, “The child inside of me. The child whose eyes light up at a jar of candy, scoop of ice cream, and a Ferris wheel. I look to those simple things for inspiration, hoping that by recreating a bit of childhood, others will light up too.”
Be sure to check out all of Natalie’s recent work on her blog!