In 2008, Andrea Ballus opened up a tiny cupcake shop in a tiny college town and called it Sift.
The idea for Sift came as she scoured wine country for unique, creative cupcakes for her wedding and came up short. Thankfully, she grew up in a household where the Kitchen-Aid mixer was used more than the microwave. Her mother baked and decorated her birthday cakes from scratch every year and her father always had a new bread creation in the oven. This childhood baking experience along with her passion for creating the most beautiful, delicious desserts served with “cherry on top” customer service has propelled her dessert bar into the Bay Area spotlight.
Andrea’s husband Jeff prefers to stay behind the scenes managing the financial side of Sift's business. When his CFO hat is off, Jeff, affectionately dubbed “Bob the Builder” by Sift’s staff, will step in as handyman, baker, delivery driver or whatever it takes to make things run smoothly. Oh and he is the best taste tester we’ve got!
Corey Fanfa (aka “Chief”) has been on board from the beginning, well actually before the beginning because she and Andrea have been best friends since childhood. After a long career in the custom motorcycle business and then owning her own retail shop, Corey brought her eye for design and savvy business sense to the Sift team.
The dynamic duo of Andrea & Corey have appeared numerous times on the Food Network. They competed in Cupcake Wars in 2011 and 2012, and also threw down with the best of the best on Cupcake Champions in 2012. While they have won some...they have also lost some. They like to think it is good karma to let others win sometimes! No matter what the outcome, you can guarantee they put on a damn good show!