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Vonda Lee's Cheesecake in a Cup

Meet the lady that started this local cheesecake craze.

I have quickly made a habit out of visiting our  every Wednesday for the vegetables, Tak Mori’s yakitori and those little cheesecakes in a cup. It’s the lady behind this cheesecake booth I’d like to introduce to you.

California Cheesecakes, as the banner states, is a reiteration of her previous company, Oklahoma Cheesecakes, based in, you guessed it: Oklahoma. With her slightly Southern accent, Vonda Lee will tell you straight up if asked what brought her to our town: “What takes any woman away to a different town? A man!” So somewhere in Carlsbad there’s a man we need to thank for bringing Ms. Lee and her multiple cheesecake flavor fusions to us.

She has been selling cheesecake in Carlsbad from her commercial kitchen for a little over three years. Now, the story behind the variety of flavored cheesecakes in a cup is one you probably would not expect.

You see, these little cups she's known for started out merely as samples for the real deal—a full-size cheesecake. She tracks what flavors are the most popular. A highly requested flavor, key lime pie, for instance, becomes one that she’ll put on a regular product rotation. Flavors that are not so popular at the market get put on the back burner, so to speak. And these are nonbaked goods, by the way. Her recipes are as mysterious as they are delicious.

Among the flavors of cheesecake you can try and buy at her booth are: strawberry, cherry, blueberry, toffee, chocolate fudge, pumpkin spice, cookies and cream, key lime, and classic. There are additional flavors available on her website.

The popularity of this cheesecake in a cup has risen to the point that sales of these samples have become her trademark. California Cheesecakes is currently being re-branded as Cheesecake in a Cup.

So stop by and see Vonda Lee at the Carlsbad Village Farmers Market. Try the cheesecake in a cup and ask her about "that man."

Christy Johnson February 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Vonda has been in our Farmers Market for a few years now and she is a wonderful addition. She's got a great personality and a great product...come down and try them! My favorite is the blueberry!! Christy Johnson Carlsbad Village Farmers Market Manager 760-687-6453
Milani February 18, 2011 at 11:12 PM
I was so happy to see this. I have had Vonda's cheesecakes and they are WONDERFUL! She is also at the Oceanside farmer's market on Thursdays and in Hillcrest on Sundays. My favorite is Blueberry and the other favorite in our family is strawberry. We like these so much we are serving them for dessert at my daughter's fourth birthday party next month. Milani
Doreen Schoendaller Feist April 25, 2011 at 07:14 PM
We live in Minnesota and ordered the variety pack of Cheesecakes and every one was yummy!! Thanks Vonda Lee!!
Diana Smith August 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I just had the Key Lime and it was scrumptious ! Tried the English Toffee also and so so delicious. What a great concept for getting away from the cupcake venue. Loved them.
JacqandSue FauriaGregson January 09, 2013 at 04:18 AM
These cheesecakes are the best I have ever had! Key Lime rivals the taste of the pie I had in Florida! Blueberry is heavenly and if you get to the market you won't meet a friendlier person then Vonda. Love ya Kiddo and those great cheesecakes!!! :) :) <3
Annie Evans January 10, 2013 at 03:22 AM
So love Vonda! The Football Queen and the nicest girl in school! She always does a terrific job at any endeavor, and her cheesecakes are just another example. Way to go Vonda!!

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