Cheryl Speakman wants you to taste cheesecake in a whole new light.
The San Antonio baker, who recently opened the Flying Pig Baking Co., specializes in the rich dessert, which she makes with as many organic ingredients as possible and with a texture as light as possible.
Several of her flavors – White Chocolate Hazelnut with Gingersnap Crust, Chocolate and Nothing But the Chocolate, Turtley Awesome and Have a Cow (with chocolate truffles) – are all organic.
Other flavors include German Chocolate, Caramel Apple, Orange Gran Marnier, Mango Tango and Native Texan with prickly pear tunas and pecans. Fire Island is a sweet-hot mix of chocolate and chipotle while Some Cheese to Go with That Wine is a savory cheesecake with Cabernet Sauvignon-soaked cream cheese filling. And for the purist, there’s the Plainly Fabulous, which you can serve as is or top with your own sauce.
“I enjoy experimenting with new flavor combinations to tantalize my customers,” Speakman says. “Turning me loose at a market or vendor is dangerous, because I get inspired by so many things and can’t wait to get back to my kitchen and play with them. I think that by emphasizing organics, sustainables, small batch produced and artisan crafted foods for the ingredients list, Flying Pig will be able to build a reputation for unique handcrafted desserts.”
She gives credit to William “Goro” Pitchford of Godai Sushi Bar, 11203 West Ave., with giving her the push to go ahead with her business. Without the help of him and his staff, “Flying Pig would still just be a collection of scribbled recipes in a notebook,” she says.
The cost of a 4-inch cheesecake starts at $10 for orders up to 5, then drops to $8.75 for orders of 5 to 9, and $7.50 for orders over 10. The cost of an 8-inch cheesecake is $45 for orders up to 5, $40 for 5-9, and $35 for 10 or more.
All orders can be made with low-fat cream cheese upon request. Call (210) 844-8458 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and delivery costs.