Where sweetness reigns
Huntington has gotten a little sweeter over the past couple of years since the opening of gourmet bakery Paula Vega Cakes in 2011.
Located at 308 Ninth St., Paula Vega Cakes offers fresh-baked daily cupcakes, brownies and made to order specialty cakes.
Cupcakes come in a large variety of flavors with new assortments daily and seasonally.
Springtime flavors currently available range anywhere from lemon blueberry to vanilla bean to red velvet. Filling such as strawberry with fresh berries or chocolate ganache makes up the center of each cupcake. This sweet little treat is topped off with whipped, airy frosting.
Paula Vega, owner, gave a little twist to her usual cupcakes buy adding Easter eggs and pastel colors to show some holiday spirit.
“Business has been really consistent,” Vega said.
Vega has been baking ever since she can remember, but baking hasn’t always been her profession. The former Miss West Virginia traded in her 16 year, part-time job as a registered nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital to fulfill her passion of baking.
“When I worked in the hospital I would always bring in red velvet cake on midnight shift,” Vega said. “People just started giving me cake orders from work.”
After taking a cake decorating class Vega said her cakes started to look like what they tasted like.
“That’s when the real orders started coming in, bridal showers, weddings, professional birthdays,” Vega said. “I kept reducing my hours at work to bake, eventually the baking took over my nursing and I started to cook from home. I loved nursing, but I love baking more.”
Outrageous cake orders are just part of the daily routine at the bakery.
“We make cakes anywhere from wine bottles to pregnant bellies,” Vega said. “We did a redneck princess cake that was pink and camouflage with a tiara on top.”
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