About Us


Cheryl Canter-Valesella was raised in Southern California and grew up amongst three other sisters, her father and her mother who also had her own catering company. From an early age, Cheryl learned the value of traditional comfort style cuisine cooked entirely from scratch. Between informal lessons from her mother and exploration in the kitchen, she had an extensive knowledge of food much earlier on than most.

As an adult, Cheryl spent fifteen years away from the kitchen working as a merchandiser in the fashion industry. Although very successful in her endeavors, she ultimately decided to fulfill her life’s dream, and in 1998, she started Baked it Myself! out of her own kitchen. She had fallen deeply in love with the more subtle pastries and unparalleled foods of France, which influenced her signature marriage of American cuisine with European finesse.

Armed with her passion for honest food, her lifelong real-world culinary education and her culturally diverse palate, Cheryl continues her mission to serve satisfying comfort food alongside innovative fare to satisfy any palate under just about any circumstances


Baked It Myself is a Los Angeles based, boutique catering company. We create customized and unique experiences for every client, leaving them with an event they can truly remember. Our events range from private dinner parties and weddings to movie screening receptions and corporate gatherings. We offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options along with being able to cater to specific allergies and dietary restrictions.

Of course, Baked It Myself! is more than just food, we can create floral arrangements, hire staff, plan entertainment and generate rental orders. We offer full event production services, so no detail goes untouched. Our innovative style and design along with delicious food, keeps our clients coming back for more year after year. 


Baked It Myself Café is a hidden gem, tucked into the heart of Van Nuys.  The food is always fresh and prepared daily. We offer various healthy items, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, not to forget that every lunch order comes with a “BIM” cookie or fruit cup. Our regular clientele have been loyal customers for the past 15 years and have helped shape the café into a truly special place. 


Custom gifts to celebrate birthdays, holidays, get well or just to say thank you. We wrap, package and ship. All orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.