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Crème aims to be Des Moines’ first Asian-inspired bakery under new owner Sammy Mila. She was a culinary specialist/food stylist for 11 years, working with brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, AllRecipes, EatingWell and more. Sammy grew up in a culture where desserts were always deemed “too sweet” and saw the need for lighter, fresher, and more flavorful desserts in the city. 

Sammy took over ownership of Crème on June 1, 2022 and implemented all new recipes on August 3, 2022. The menu now features a wide variety of globally-inspired flavor options, and milk bread loaves/buns, mochi donuts, and churros are on the horizon. (As is the return of the dessert lounge in 2023!) Stay up-to-date on with us on Instagram at @creme_dsm for all of the updates about future events and menu additions.

Whitney Peter

Whitney Peter

Head Cake Decorator and Wedding Coordinator

Whitney Peter is the Head Cake Decorator and Wedding Coordinator at Crème. She works closely with guests and couples to insure that they get the cake of their dreams! Whitney grew up painting, sculpting and hosting backyard cooking shows, and attended Iowa State University for Art and Design.  She joined Crème in 2016 as Night Manager of the dessert lounge, all the while honing her exceptional cake decorating skills during the quiet times, as well as leading cupcake decorating classes.  She was promoted to Head Decorator in 2018 and is a driving force behind Crème leading the charge in high-end elegant cakes.

Taylor Weiss

Taylor Weiss

Head Baker

Taylor Weiss is the Head Baker at Crème. She is responsible for the daily productions of cupcakes, cakes, cookies, bars, truffles and any other goodies you see in the case.  She has always enjoyed creating things that are beautiful and delicious. Taylor graduated from the Iowa Culinary Institute, and following an internship in France, returned to Des Moines to work at Crème.  She started as a cupcake decorator, and in 2017 was promoted to Head Baker. Taylor says the best thing about working at Crème is the freedom to challenge her skills and always keep learning!