Hi, I'm Alisha and I love Nutella! I also love cupcakes and unicorns...you're thinking I'm some crazy asian that believes in Unicorns...yes I'm crazy but no I don't believe in unicorns but I do believe that cupcakes and unicorns make people happy which makes me happy! I was born in Soel Korea. My twin sister (Angie Wilson, owner of Cravings Bistro) was adopted at age 3. We grew up in Nephi Utah. I have 3 other sisters, so 5 girls total.
It was hard growing up being one of the few non white people. We were made fun of terribly in elementary and jr. high but high school I think the kids finally grew up...well most of them ha ha! But from those experiences I feel like it has made me who I am. Growing up my twin sister and I would do "eye exercises" yes EYE exercises, trying to make our eyes round rather than "squinted" ...that makes me so sad to even think about it. We would pray daily that we could be white and not asian. Now as an adult I embrace my nationality and from those experiences I have become a better person. I have more empathy towards others and I find myself wanting to help others embrace their "differences" insecurities. Especially within my employees.
From this baking makes people happy! And that is why I loved it from day one! I graduated high school but never ended up going to college. I met my husband Dave Nuttall soon after and we got married and moved off to Arizona. 6 years later we had our first son Dexton Nuttall, 3 years after our Allie, and 5 years later we almost opened up a 2nd Cravings but a friend of mine told me the reality of owning 2 stores and we decided to have our last Ava. Dave is the owner that doesn't ever get any of the credit. He works on all of the financial side of the business and deals with all of the maintenance of running a businesses. Basically he does all of the crappy work ha ha ha! But we are a team and we even each other out. He's the ocd clean freak, make sure to meet with our accountant every month to paying our bills! Where I'm the crazy, messy cupcake creator that gets to design and play with food!
I started baking while taking a cooking class in high school and instantly fell in love with baking cupcakes and cooking. Baking and cooking for my friends became a passion. After high school I started making cakes, cupcakes and other desserts as a hobby. My twin sister, Angela, told me I should get into cupcakes and open a cupcake bakery because they were a big thing. So 8 years ago my twin sister and I started a cupcake bakery home business from my small condo ‘Cravings Alisha’s and Angies Cupcakes’. Our motto was “You imagine it, we’ll create it”. Baking cake and cupcakes began to be an addiction. Creating new flavors and trying to get the best consistency. After a few months Angela got too busy and didn’t want to be part of the business anymore so then it became Cravings – Alisha’s Cupcakes.
At the time I was a server, bartender, and trying to get into management with Chili’s bar and grill. I continued to make cupcakes on the side but it started to grow and I realized I did not want to be a manager for a corporate company but to instead own and operate my own cupcake bakery.
Cupcake Wars Cupcake Wars aired and my friend told me I should apply. I watched one episode of the season 1 and said “NO WAY! I could never go on that show”.
Season 2 came around and my friend again told me to apply. I thought, “what the heck, I won’t get chosen but I might as well submit an application”. My resume was emailed and the next day Food Network called, they asked if we would make an audition video. I was in shock! We made the audition video and that week they said they wanted us on season 3 of Cupcake Wars! Well long story short my twin sister and I went…lost in the first round, had no idea what we were getting ourselves into! Right after we told ourselves we would NEVER do that again. Season 7 came around and Food Network asked us if we would be on a redemption episode…instantly I said yes! What was I thinking? This time we were going to be extra prepared. We drove down to California with my family and we won!!!!!!
My husband, Dave, is not an entrepreneur by heart and never wanted to own a business but I told him if we win he had to promise that we will open up a cake shop! Well we did! On November 8th, 2012 we opened Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes in Pleasant Grove, Utah. I’m living a dream! My son asked me recently, “if you could work anywhere you wanted, besides being a baker, what would it be?”, I looked at him and said, “nothing, I love my job so much, I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Truly I am so blessed I get to work and do what I love.
Our small town cupcake bakery specializes in cupcakes, cakes and baking parties. I like to consider our cupcakes as mini gourmet desserts! It’s not just cake and frosting. Love goes into each flavor!
Our menu has expanded to cookies, bars, brownies, cakes, and many many other desserts! We still have the motto “you imagine it…we’ll create it”.
We do pies and rolls for Thanksgiving. Our gluten-free menu has blown up and we have many gluten-free customers.
For awhile we were thinking about expanding…and then some friends that owned a bakery called “One Sweet Slice” talked us into reality and I realized I loved my life and did not want another shop so we decided to have a baby instead, ha ha. Maybe in the future we will expand but for now we love our one little shop here in Pleasant Grove, Utah and are happy where we are.
Find us at Old Town Pleasant Grove! 93 South Main Street, Suite C.
We Won Season 7 Food Network Cupcake Wars! The theme was All American Rejects!!!