How sweet it is for two local businesses
by Maddy Houk, Patterson Irrigator
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Has your sweet tooth been acting up lately? Then you might want to know about Delish Desserts and Panaderia Fernandez, two local businesses that cater to locals’ sweet needs and special events.

Delicious cupcake treats

Delish cupcake caterers Ana Kaiser and Tricia Kaiser, local sisters-in-law, use their creative talents to make regular, miniature and Mason jar-sized cupcakes, each of which comes complete with its own spoon. They are all personalized and ready to go for special occasions.

The sisters-in-law began their Delish Desserts business about a year ago, when the two started making delicious treats for family and friends.

They recently expanded their operations and work out of a health department-certified kitchen in Modesto, though their home office is in the Patterson hometown community they want to serve.

The Kaisers bounce ideas off each other as they create their signature buttercream frosting made with real butter and also feature seasonal fruits in their cupcakes. While Tricia does the baking, Ana completes the icing and décor.

“We definitely pride ourselves on taste and presentation,” Tricia Kaiser said. “We won’t sell anything that we wouldn’t buy ourselves.”

Ana Kaiser added that two popular flavors were coconut crunch and zebra cake — alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla.

The Kaisers do make full-size cakes, too, but no larger than 8 inches across. They specialize in “smash cakes” for children celebrating their first birthdays.

The pair are busy all week long, they said. They specialize in Free Mini Fridays, delivering a dozen free mini cupcakes to a different Patterson business each week.

They aspire to set up a place for people to stop by and buy fresh treats.

“One of my goals is to eventually have a shop or storefront in town,” Ana Kaiser said.

Local folks can place an order or get more information by calling 894-7501 or visiting www.delish-desserts.com.

Family takes pride in bakery

Panaderia Fernandez, owned by Margarita and Jesus Fernandez, opened April 1 at 1040 W. Las Palmas Ave., Ste. D. The store hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone pitches in at the family-owned, family-run business.

“I need to work,” Margarita Fernandez said. “My kids go to college.”

Marcos Fernandez, her son, showed off the cases of bakery items at the store, such as Mexican bread, sourdough bread, bread filled with cream cheese, jalapenos and ham, pastries with pineapple or strawberries, and even a treat called a seahorse, which is shaped like the animal.

The Fernandezes also pride themselves on their sanitary operation.

“A lot of people like it here because it is real clean,” Marcos said. “We get a lot of customers who are not Mexican, and I show them and explain what the baked goods are.”

Fruit smoothies are made fresh, as is a drink called Liquidao, made with milk, banana, sugar, Nesquik and vanilla.

Panaderia Fernandez requires cash for all purchases. For information: 241-9306.

• Local businesses who are new to town or have news to share may call Maddy Houk at 892-6187.

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