The Backyard Bakery was started by Bonnie Lyons and Dan Mikosz, two pastry chef friends from South Seattle College that go back a long way in the local baking industry. Bonnie had been making fancy wedding cakes for 20 years as owner of New Renaissance Cakes.
Then, in 2017 she became a pastry arts instructor at Edmonds College. Dan had owned Decadence Custom Cakes, taught at The Cordon Bleu, and most recently was sous pastry chef at The Sheraton. Then, everything changed in early 2020, and a new way of working as a baker was needed.
It was time for a simpler, more direct-to-the-customer type of business.
Backyard Bakery was born as a way to serve the neighbors and community close to us. Baking in a fully licensed cottage kitchen that is located on Bonnie’s home property in Maple Leaf (Backyard Bakery!), Dan and Bonnie specialize in simple yet premium quality baked products. The sorts of products that Seattlites love and appreciate the quality of. Wherever possible, ingredients are locally sourced. Cairnspring Flour from Burlington, Smith Brother’s Farm for dairy, and Skagit Valley fruit.
The philosophy of Backyard Bakery is simple: wholesome products baked that morning and brought directly to the customer. We’ve been in North Seattle for a long time. Our audience is local, and that’s the way we like it.