About Danielle Keene //
For Danielle, creating gourmet desserts and ice cream has been a passion, a career and a tradition. She grew up in a dessert loving home where her mother made chocolate chip root beer floats and oatmeal cookies. At 17, Danielle began scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins, and from there she moved onwards and upwards. After training at Water Grill, Campanile and A.O.C. she was pastry chef for several top Los Angeles restaurants—The Little Door, Blair’s, and BLT Steak. As opening pastry chef at Wilshire Restaurant she started the very popular “Ice Cream Shoppe Night” which received accolades by L.A. Times food critic S. Irene Virbila. In 2005, Danielle was honored when Los Angeles Magazine dubbed her bread pudding “Best of Los Angeles.”
In 2010 Danielle was a finalist on the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts. She later opened a bakery retail store called "Bittersweet" in Pasadena, CA. The day before the store was to open she found out her beloved mother was terminally ill. A year later she changed direction to focus on catering and special events and renamed her business after her mom and biggest supporter "Sheila Mae".
“There’s something special about dessert,” Danielle says. “At any point, on any day, dessert can put a smile on your face. No matter what age you are, it can make you feel like a kid again.”
In her free time Danielle enjoys watching episodes of "The Walking Dead" with her boyfriend Mikey, long walks on the beach with her cat lola and eating her way through the city she was born and raised in, Los Angeles.
About Sheila Mae //
Sheila Mae is a dessert based catering company that strives to bring you flavors of your childhood with the spirit of modern day design. Each item is created to not be overly sweet and let the true flavors shine. From an individual cake to a full dessert bar set up we want to make you a dessert that exceeds your expectations, brightens your day and completes your special event.
Our wedding cakes have been featured in the Spring 2016 and Fall 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Our desserts have been showcased on 100 Layer Cake, 100 Layer Cakelet, Style Me Pretty , Green Wedding Shoes and Crate and Barrel Blog.