Karyn and Jeff Schwerzler are the husband and wife dynamic duo behind Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet. First originating their business together in New York, the couple has now been working together for over 22 years and has been in Georgia for the last 13 years. Their home office is in their beautiful home located in Alpharetta, and they travel all throughout the state to deliver their delicious cakes.
When we arrived at the Schwerzler’s house, Jeff immediately treated us to a surprise tasting of six mouthwatering cake samples. We must say, it was definitely worth the trip to Alpharetta!
JS: Yes, we have a kitty officially named Elle, but we call her “Kitty.”
JS: Criminal Minds, probably 8 months ago
JS: New Jersey in Cliffside Park
JS: Paper route when I was 9. This is SO New York, Jeff laughs. It was right across from Manhattan. I had to walk a mile and a half.
JS: Two girls, 17 and 14
JS: Culinary school. We were 17. We were in Rhode Island and I met her in the laundry room, and I don’t remember this, but she told her roommate I was the biggest pervert, Jeff laughs. We became friends ever since.
JS: Invest sooner. Although I invested pretty early, probably when I was about 25 years old, I still tell my girls all the time to start investing now.
JS: One of my dad’s best friends who was a very, very successful business person told me to stay focused on the goal. There are always going to be little things that are stressful that happen along that way, but you won’t even remember those later on.
JS: So many, although I feel like my dad, my brothers, and Mr. P would be my biggest roles models. Mr. P. is my dad’s friend who gave me the advice.
JS: Probably my workout clothes. I coach track at Creekview High School. My daughter Ashley is a runner and Nicole is a thrower. They both went to the Junior Olympics a couple of years ago.
JS: Workout, meditation, mindless movies.
JS: Probably going to dinner and a movie with Karyn in the convertible.
JS: To be able to speak every language in the world, fluently. That would be so cool.
JS: It’s not a gift, but probably my nuclear family. Karyn and the girls.
JS: I feel this about myself and my brothers tell me this about myself too. I can go into any situation. My brothers used to call me “the chameleon” and tell me that it’s like I’m supposed to be in any situation.
JS: It doesn’t get old. We really enjoy working together, and I think it’s because we have different responsibilities. The hardest thing you would think would be that we would get sick of each other, but we really don’t.
JS: We go to a steakhouse called Pampas. We go there every year on December 21st with the girls.
JS: Herbs. I also like a combination of things together, like lavender and rosemary. Garlic and onions is Sunday morning because every Sunday morning my mother used to make us the same breakfast with that smell.
JS: I like so much different music that it’s hard to tell. It depends on my mood.
JS: Karyn’s iced tea. We don’t drink much, but I like a Hendricks gin and tonic if I do.
JS: Night Shift from 1982
JS: Chocolate mouse and ganache
JS: Carrot cake because of the smell
LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
JS: Karyn made me, Jeff laughs. Within the first two weeks that I met her, she told me she just wanted to do wedding cakes. About a year and a half after she graduated, I was done being a chef in Manhattan and she was too busy and didn’t want to do as much of the business side, so I decided to help her.
JS: Karyn bakes and has an assistant to help her bake. Baking is more the boring part. We both decorate. Karyn is so artistic and just has a touch. I can’t ice a cake with buttercream and she does it perfectly!
JS: On average 5
JS: Mostly in the Dahlonega area or Midtown. We do go out to Foxhall Resort and Barnsley Gardens too.
JS: It takes a lot of planning. The most we have ever done in a weekend was 27 jobs with 19 weddings! I had to rent a refrigerated truck.
JS: Can we do different flavors on the tiers?
JS: Our minimum for a wedding cake itself is $500.
JS: Coordinating everything. Baking schedules, delivery schedules. It’s the most stressful part, but also my favorite part, Jeff laughs.
JS: For the grooms, all you need to do is listen to your wife.
JS: Wednesday is design work. We do baking early on Thursday and then filling. Friday is assembly and all production and icing. Saturday’s and sometimes Sunday’s are for finishing and delivering.
JS: What is rest day, Jeff laughs. I used to take Monday’s off, but I found that more stressful because I would be thinking about the things I had to do.
JS: I always like the delivery because of the accumulation of everything and production.
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