Cakes by Sonia
Interview with Owner: Sonia Diaz
2067 Barnum Avenue
She first opened her business down Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport in late 2019 — not the greatest timing in retrospect. Since her opening there are days when there is a line out the door for these delectable sweet treats.
When did you first realize that you were able to bake and decorate cakes?
I first realized I was able to decorate and bake when I was around 16. I would always watch baking competition shows and I fell in love! It started as a hobby but I later figured I’ll probably be doing this for a living!
I started from home baking and then I got hired by Food Bazaar as a cake decorator at 18 as my first job.
Why cupcakes?As much as I love decorating cakes I wanted to do something that is smaller and easier for everyone to eat! Cupcakes are a perfect size!
What is the most unusual cake you have ever been asked to create?
To me the most unusual cakes are those with very different flavor combinations! Who would think chocolate and lemon would be a thing! One thing I learned in the baking industry you’ll have to be open to create everything.
What made you decide to go “brick and mortar” with cupcakes?
What made me decide that I needed a brick and mortar was when I realized how much space I was running out of in my mom’s apartment. I always dreamed of having my own shop but I knew it was time when my small home kitchen looked like a bakery!
How many different varieties of cupcakes do you have, and how are they rotated?We have around 30 flavors. I like to always have my classic flavors and also different gourmet flavors and combinations, it gives everyone a lot of options to choose from.
Your “specialty cakes” have appeared on your website, as well in Facebook sites where people requested a special cake, and then posted a photo. Missing from all those photos were wedding cakes. Do you make wedding cakes?
We do make wedding cakes!! Wedding cakes are definitely my favorite they’re so simple and elegant. It makes me feel honored being part of anyone’s big day!
For a special cake we require at least 1-2 weeks in advance we do get lots of orders so to make sure you can book with us I always say to plan ahead!
What are your hours of operation?
We’re open from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.