— From the pages of Taysted issue #02 • By Maria Meliton
Ady Abreu-Miriello doesn’t consider herself a baker. After all, the oven does the baking. She is a creator and the delectable morsels she creates are available at the Village Shoppes at Brighton store, Ady Cakes.
Previously a ballerina and an engineer, one can say that Ady merged the worlds of science and creativity into her present career. Many years ago, Ady tasted a bland cake at a birthday party and she wondered if she could create something better. She began to research recipes from her native country, Dominican Republic, looking for that right combination of flavor and texture. After some trial and error, her recipes came to life. She started creating birthday cakes for friends and soon realized that she needed to have a storefront to keep up with the demand. It was at her West Reading store that customers began to request cupcakes. They didn’t want to wait for a birthday or special occasion to have her cakes!
Ady’s creativity took over and she began to experiment with different flavors including the classic and kid-friendly chocolate and vanilla but also adult-appealing dulce de leche and pink champagne, the latter of which has become her signature flavor. What sets Ady Cakes apart from the others is the actual cake—which is not just a vanilla cupcake with a flavored icing. If the flavor is piña colada, the cupcake is pineapple and coconut flavored and the icing is buttercream coconut.
Ady’s talent and drive took her to the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars where she was crowned a winner in 2012 with her cupcake creations “Pomegranate Ginger” and “Evil Cherry.” Both of those flavors and more are included in her cookbook, Dare to Bake. Ady also continues to create custom cakes for special occasions and weddings.
It’s worth the drive to Lititz to sample the creations of Lancaster’s first and only Cupcake Wars winner!
Pink Cupcakes and More!
Village Shoppes at Brighton
1180 Erbs Quarry Road, Lititz PA