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About Crumble & Whisk

Bay Area Cheesecake Bakery

Crumble & Whisk is the climax of a lifelong passion for cheesecakes. Having been a student of culinary arts since childhood, our founder Charles Farrier has had the distinct privilege of being handed down baking techniques and experience from his family. He would later join culinary school in 2002 which is where he became interested in baking. Over the course of many years, Charles perfected some of his own baking techniques which stems from classic French baking.

A perfectionist at heart, Charles has built a reputation on providing creatively executed cheesecakes of the highest quality consistently. Charles’s story has been featured in 7X7 and Where magazines and his cheesecakes have become something of a regional specialty in San Francisco. Some of his most famous creations are the Dirty South, Harvest Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Roasted Pineapple and Sage Cheesecake, and Puckered Up! Lemon Cheesecake. Check out our cheesecake store for a complete list of our offerings. We also offer cheesecake delivery to residents throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

As a gourmet cheesecake company Crumble and Whisk aims to provide you with the best cheesecakes in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. We are constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves and bring even more exciting and tasty cheesecakes to the public. Made with only the finest ingredients we can get, our cheesecakes really do just crumble & whisk in your mouth as you eat them!

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It’s always a fun day when you are working on something that you love! Check out some behind the scenes sneak peaks of Crumble & Whisk on this page. Our story has also been featured in online media, click on the links below to read articles on Crumble & Whisk.

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Crumble & Whisk is a photography client of mine, so you might think me biased when I say that these are the best cheesecakes I have ever eaten. This isn’t a sponsored post, though, and anyway, I would never tell you that something tastes good if it doesn’t. If I wanted to play that game, I’d still be working at a marketing agency.

So believe me when I say that Charles Farriér’s cheesecakes are something special. And you don’t have to take my word for it — if you’re local, you’ll be able to try them at the SF Street Food Festival this Saturday.

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Newcomer Crumble & Whisk manages to make cheesecake exciting without resorting to deconstructionism or bizarre flavor combinations. I Cart NYC has the flavor of a classic New York slice but a fluffy texture that keeps it light. A chopped strawberry basil compote mixed with a bit of ginger drips down the top of each square piece. For a richer option, try the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla speckled with little black vanilla bean dots. Both fillings rest upon owner Charles Farriér’s thick and buttery homemeade shortbread crust. One taste, and you’ll wonder why graham crackers have dominated the cheesecake crust market for so many years.

Crumble & Whisk Makes a Killer Cheesecake

Now, his signature products – delectable artisan cheesecakes – are well on their way to becoming a household name throughout Oakland and San Francisco. “I started my business without much money,” he said. “Luckily, I had a part-time job. I put money in my savings account to get the business up and running and pay for application fees, licenses etc. I just recently trademarked my logo.”

Farrier kick-started his business with support and resources from La Cocina — a San Francisco-based nonprofit incubator for low-income food entrepreneurs. He says he benefited from the use of La Cocina’s commercial kitchen space and technical assistance in the branding, packaging and marketing of his products.

Cheesecake: Indulging in Our Guilty Pleasure at Crumble & Whisk

I’m not sure exactly why, but I have a soft spot for cheesecake. If it ends up at a party or I see it on a menu, I have to try it. Maybe it was because it was one of my dad’s favorite desserts so it was around the house a lot, or maybe it was because I remember climbing on a chair as a kid to help add eggs to the bowl as my mom handled the mixer when she made it. It’s certainly not because of its complexity, because at its most basic, it is a mix of eggs, cream cheese, a little sugar and vanilla, with a graham cracker crust.
Maybe that’s part of the allure — there’s a danger in being simple; it means it can easily get cocked up so there’s an immediate delight when you take a bite out of a perfectly made cheesecake. Simplicity also means those willing to accept a creative challenge have a fantastic blank canvas to use.

Come for the Crumble and Get Whisked Away

The story of Crumble & Whisk begins down memory lane, in owner Charles Farrier’s youth. He watched his father cook all the time and as a result, soaked in one of his best attributes: food preparation with a passionate sense of focus. Farrier enrolled in culinary school via the Job Corp, where he took classes on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

It’s there, Farrier said, where he was pushed to the next level on two fronts. Not only did he learn the science behind the culinary arts; he learned the entrepreneurial aspect, too.

Out of school, he worked at various restaurants in both San Francisco and across the bay, but also did some catering on the side. His big break came on a night off, as it turns out, when Farrier attended a party and brought one of his soon-to-be famous strawberry cheesecakes.

 

Testimonials

Our customers are our biggest supporters and nothing brings a smile to our faces than seeing them enjoy that first bite of cheesecake! To that end, we are constantly perfecting our craft and bringing new cheesecake recipes to the fore. Ever since we started in 2013, we have had the honor of serving customers all over San Francisco, here are a few kind words they have left us…

I have bought numerous cheese cakes from Crumble & Whisk for various family events. They have all been huge hits with everyone. In fact, the one time I didn’t bring a cheese cake, I left several family members disappointed. My personal favorite is the “Key West”.

The one thing that is consistently great about all his cakes is the crust. When eating other cakes, I often feel the crust is too dry or too hard and really not that appealing. With Charles’s cakes, I would eat the crust on it’s own like a cookie. So good.

Now that Charles is making personal sized cheese cakes, I no longer need to wait for a special event to place an order. His 3 inch cakes are the perfect size for a single person dessert. I find myself order 2 or 3 per week.

Charles is very professional and the quality of his products are top notch. I highly recommend his cheese cakes to anyone who cares more about quality over saving a few bucks for that over processed junk they have at stores and at certain restaurant chains. Nicholas Gonzales

Via Google+

Vanilla Bourbon Cheesecake was the best thing at the SF Food Festival today! The crust was amazing! Do happy to have found you! Emily Nguyen

via Facebook

I’m so proud of you and your accomplishments! Great tasting and made with love! Something good for Napa, hint hint 🙂 Rashonda Miller

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I gotta admit it….. This is definitely one of the best tasting cheesecakes I’ve tried. Revolutionary ideas for a new company. Quincy Scott

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THE BEST CHEESECAKE EVER!!!! No lie, and with a variety of tastes and sizes, I just can’t get enough! If your looking for a real crowd pleaser, THIS IS IT!!! Brighton Starr

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Man oh man!! Those desserts are very scrumptious! I’ll do that extra 30min on a treadmill just to be able to eat one!! #worthit #dontcare #delicious #eatcake Taylrz Joynt

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Crumble and Whisk cheesecakes are a slice of heaven! Owner Charles incorporates fresh quality ingredients that are bursting with flavor bite after bite… only crumbs remain unless you lick the plate.
My favorites are strawberry, vanilla and lemon. Happiness is Crumble and Whisk cheesecakes. Yummy!

www.LeslieLum.com Leslie Lum

delicious cakes chef. keep baking up the good stuff!!! Rashad Muse

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delicious cakes chef. keep baking up the good stuff!!! Rashad Muse

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Best in the bay .. ! Rommel Lee Davis

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These are very delicious and high quality cheesecakes that come in a variety of flavors and styles. They are professionally presented and highly consistent in quality, whether dairy or vegan, traditional or innovative. They are rich without being saccharine, and so a single, deep 9-inch cake can satisfy many people.

 

I would love to see a fancy restaurant make one or two available weekly in its display case.

I will continue to buy these for holiday meals and special group dinners. Philip C.

via Yelp

Crumble and whisk cheesecake is so far, the BEST cheesecake that this cheesecake lover have ever tried!!!
So delicious and lovely presentation… it was like first sight love! Karina C.

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As a New Yorker, it is very tough to find an authentic NY cake in asan Francisco, and this was no exception. It was better! Didn’t have the traditional half inch of sour cream topping but had all the flavor. A wonderful light texture, lemon not over powering mixed with great vanilla overtones. This is a hand baked cake by an individual baker who delivers to your front door in less than 24 hours of ordering. You can’ task for better than that, even in an age when we tend to exaggerate the benefits of artisanal foods. But this is as artisanal as having your Jewish grandmother bake a birthday cake on Delancy Street in 1904. The best. David F.

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Thanks for the follow up Charles. My friends and I love the cake. It’s very light (for a cheesecake) and just the right amount of sweets. There were some elderly Asian guests at the party and they usually don’t like cheesecakes but even they enjoyed it thoroughly because they said the flavors were impeccable and it was not too sweet. I particularly enjoyed the sugared lemon peel on top, it added a very nice touch. I’ve had a lot of cheesecakes and this is by far one of my favorites. I gave out a few of your business cards to interested parties and my friends dad kept telling me he’ll need my help ordering one in the near future. Your cake and service definitely lived up to all the great yelp reviews!! Can’t wait to try another one soon! Have a great thanksgiving holiday! Manny Tran

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