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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.

Lombardero and 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 celebrity events.

“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!    

                         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 it.

“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!”

Open: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Monday & Sunday Closed

Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes
1659 SW 107 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33165
305-554-4446
Website: www.ddcakes.com
 

 

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