Hello and welcome! I thank you for taking the time to visit my website. Here, you are given the opportunity to view and possibly select my cakes and confections I passionately created using the highest and freshest quality ingredients. I do not use preservatives, fillers or imitation flavorings. True Old World baking at its best! My menu consists of favorite confections I would like to share with you.
All Layer Cakes are a balance of a light tender cake with rich, decadent filling and frostings. Crumb Cakes are moist and rich. You have a choice of German or French Crumb Cakes. These cakes are deliciously different in texture but both have mounds of buttery brown sugar cinnamon streusel crumb topping. Rugelach, a delicate, tasty pastry. Delightful treats any time of day that is handmade with a rich butter and cream cheese dough. Italian Biscotti are twice baked, crunchy and shaped to dunk in your favorite coffee, tea or milk! My signature Pistachio Passion Cake is made with fine quality pistachios. I do not use any instant pistachio pudding in my cake which is often used.
All baking is made with the freshest ingredients such as eggs, butter, milk, cream cheese, Madagascar vanilla, fresh lemons, Belgium chocolate, fresh coconut, pistachio nuts etc. My Puddings are made from scratch and are my own recipes. I do not use box puddings as part of my recipes. All Natural because only the best will do for my customers!
How did this all begin? Well to start,I have to say that baking has been a true passion of mine since I was about eight years old. I will never forget that year when I saw a commercial for the first real oven that actually baked and was made for a child. I was so amazed that I just had to have it! Imagine my very own oven to bake whatever I wanted and when I wanted. Do you remember that large turquoise oven? EASY BAKE OVEN! It really didn’t look like my mom’s oven but who cared it really baked! Well, my birthday was approaching and I knew that I wanted this oven so badly. I will never forget that special day. My Mom invited my Grandmother over for my birthday dinner, as many families do. She arrived in a taxi and as she was walking up the stairs I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that large box that I saw on T.V. I was so happy and excited I just wanted to open it. Forget the cake and the birthday song! I didn’t want anything else. I just couldn’t believe this box was in my home! Boy, did I love this oven that baked with a light bulb! I’m sure many of you can remember that oven. (now, I think I am giving away my age but that is just fine!) I used this oven until it no longer worked. As the years went on, I started using our home oven with my mom’s guidance. In my teenage years and in my 20’s I started more serious baking for family and friends. My Mom and Dad loved everything I baked especially my Cream Puffs! My beautiful mom was very particular when it came to bakeries and baking. She understood fine quality cake whether she baked it or bought it from a bakery. So, I know where my taste for only the best ingredients came from. I must not forget the cleanliness in my Mom’s kitchen. To this day I practice this important habit in my baking and surroundings.
Over the years I kept hearing, Denise you should open up a bakery. I did contemplate on it for years and years and as you know life passes so fast I never pursued it. I really do not have any regrets because my husband Eddie, our daughter Alanna and our little Yorkie, Pixie came first in my life. Even though years went by so quickly I realized that it is never too late to begin a new career in life. So, here I am! It gives me so much pleasure and joy to share my baked creations with you and I hope your pallet agrees!
I would like to share with you how my company name came about. My Mom has supported me throughout my life in my teaching profession and in every accomplishment, I succeeded in. Even though she has since passed, I know in my heart, she is guiding me in every venture and task I undergo. I truly miss her so dearly. So, when I had to choose a company name, I used the first three letters of my name, Denise and the last three letters of my mom’s name which is Carmela and created Denela Desserts. I just love it! My mom is behind me not only in my company name but throughout my life. She continues to be my inspiration. LOVE YOU and MISS YOU, MOM and DAD!
I must not forget the very important people who have continually supported me to get to this point. First, my wonderful husband Eddie, who has encouraged me to keep moving on this passion and never give up. You are my rock! Love you so much, Hun! Thanks for being my cake tester! Our beautiful daughter Alanna Marie, who has continually motivated me and gave me so much confidence and strength to continue my journey. I have always been there for you as your mom and now you are there for me. Thank you so much and I love you with all my heart! Lastly, I want to thank my whole family who has loved my baked goods throughout the years. Your compliments and encouragement have brought me to this special time in my life. Love you all so much!
I sincerely thank you for visiting with me and hope you enjoy my confections, made for you, with great pride, compassion, and love.