Guests are greeted with chic grey, blush pink walls and a comforting atmosphere when they walk into Abbie Cakes Sweet Kitchen. Brittanie Cordova, the owner, wants all customers to feel welcome to her shop.
“It’s not just ‘Hi, this is what we have, thanks for coming by,’” she said. “We want to talk to people and make connections with the community.”
Abbie Cakes, named after Cordova’s daughter, offers fresh-baked goods, coffee and tea and accepts custom cake orders.
Cordova, a graduate of Agua Fria High School and Grand Canyon University, has lived in Goodyear for the past 20 years. After being a nurse for six years, she realized nursing was not for her.
“I knew I was going to bake cakes for the rest of my life,” Cordova said. She left her job in May 2019 to pursue Abbie Cakes fulltime.
“It was scary and exciting,” Cordova said. “The safest thing I could have done was to stay a nurse.”
Cordova would’ve been content as a nurse but when she recognized her passion had changed, she knew she needed to go for it.
“I’m glad I took the risk,” she said.
Cordova took her first cake decorating class with her mom and grandmother at Michael’s when she was 19 years old.
“My mom, grandmother and I always do things together,” she said. “We decided on a whim to take this cake decorating class and it went off from there.”
They began filling custom cake orders from friends and family on the side, baking and decorating in their homes. When Cordova decided to pursue it fulltime, she thought it was going to be an in-home business forever. As her business and social media following grew, she realized she needed to have a physical space in which Abbie Cakes could exist.
“We have an amazing and supportive social media following and community,” she said. “They were asking for certain things to always be available.”
Cordova was determined to find a location near home to provide Goodyear residents with handcrafted desserts.
“That’s something you don’t see much out here,” she said. “There are a lot of franchises that are great but we wanted to offer something different out here.”
The Abbie Cakes staple is its salted caramel. Found in various recipes, Cordova’s grandmother makes the caramel herself.
“She’s our salted caramel queen,” Cordova said.
A local favorite is the salted caramel stuffed brioche donuts, offered only on weekends. Banana bread drizzled with salted caramel and paired with a salted caramel cold brew will delight any sweet tooth. Abbie Cakes also offers pizza cake slices, which are two pizza slice-shaped cakes bound together by dollops of buttercream frosting.
“They are so fun and everybody likes them,” Cordova said.
Abbie Cakes is a family run business. Cordova’s mom helps in the shop often while her grandmother works in the shop every day.
“My grandmother is a hoot,” Cordova said.
They spend a lot of time talking and cracking jokes while they bake.
“She and I work the best with each other in the kitchen,” Cordova said. “We feed off each other and can be so efficient because we’re both so good at different things.”
Cordova’s grandmother is an exceptional baker. Cordova bakes cakes as well but decorating them is her specialty.
“I decorate all the cakes myself,” Cordova said. “A lot of love and care goes into them.”
From meeting and discussing design ideas with clients to perfecting the smoothest buttercream edge, Cordova prides herself on her team’s attention to detail.
“We spend a lot of time making sure that our cakes stand out at the celebration,” Cordova said. “It’s not just something to eat but it’s really a statement piece for the party.”
Abbie Cakes, at 5110 N Dysart Rd Ste. 154, Litchfield Park, is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, see abbiecakesco.com.