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What started as a special request from Gloria and Emilo Estefan
has turned into one of Miami’s new taste sensations. The Estefan’s
daughter was planning her Quince party and had requested a cake in her
favorite flavors: guava and cream cheese. Iliana Lombardero, owner of
Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes created a masterpiece that delighted the
Estefans and has become a very popular selection at her bakery located
near the FIU campus in Miami.
Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes has baked cakes for many
national and local celebrities. In addition to the Estefans, the bakery
has created custom cakes for singer Rihanna, director John Singleton,
Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade, and Carmen Electra.
her husband Jorge Rodriguez started baking cakes in
Havana in 1985 where they earned quite a following for
their delicious and artistic creations. The bakery’s
signature cake is a vanilla rum cake and it finds its
way into many types of elaborately decorated cakes for
everything from Father’s Day to birthdays, weddings, and
“My husband Jorge was the master
of the fondant cake,” Lombardero said. “His cake designs have been used
by several prominent Miami bakeries.”
Sadly, Jorge Rodriguez passed
away in 2004. However, his wife and two beautiful daughters are carrying
on the family tradition. “My sister and I were blessed with my father’s
passion,” says daughter Laura Rodriguez. “We will forever carry on his
legacy at Divine Delicacies.”
Almost too pretty to slice!
Sweet, moist, and dripping with sweet guava goodness.
Recently, Lombardero invited the Three Guys From Miami to come
over and try the guava cream cheese cake. On a recent sultry Saturday,
Jorge Castillo and Raúl Musibay visited the shop. Both men were
delighted to find a freshly baked cake that literally had their name on
“Sometimes the filling in guava pastries can be very thick and
cloyingly sweet,” says Castillo. “In this cake the guava favor is very
light -- almost subtle. And my wife tells me that this is the moistest
cake she’s ever eaten.”
On any afternoon, the store may be busy with people stopping by to
look through photos of the many available cakes. The store has a
licensing agreement with Brazilian artist Romero Britto. The bakery’s
current catalog includes more than a dozen colorful art inspired creations. Even
the Bundt cake gets some new twists here, with
flavors like dulce de leche, guava, pineapple, and mango.
Although many cakes sold here are made to order, the store also
offers several “Cakes-to-Go” -- ready-made cakes in the signature
vanilla rum flavor that can be personalized.
“The Three Guys From Miami get a lot of requests from people
who are looking for a true Cuban cake for their wedding or special
party,” Musibay says. “Divine Delicacies is a great choice -- a great
cake -- I loved it!”
through Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM |
Monday & Sunday Closed
- Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes
1659 SW 107 Avenue
- Miami, Florida 33165