"The CupCake Ladi" Brings Sweet Treats to Lake Anne
Baker supports charities with part of the sales.
At "The CupCake Ladi" in Lake Anne Plaza, cupcake lovers will find organic cupcake confections with names like “Christa’s Voluptuous Vanilla Bean,” “Moo Moo Cow,” “Boons Philli Pretzel Crust Sea-Salt Caramel,” and “Oh Mi Gosh, Ganache.”
“Some people say the names are too long,” says owner Nefertiti Angelini. “I say, 'that’s the way it is. I can’t change who I am.' ”
In addition to baking treats, Angelini credits her grandmother for instilling the importance of giving. Donations of cupcakes and proceeds from several specific cupcakes benefit various charities including the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, The Middleburg Humane Foundation, Courage for Kids, and Reston's Embry Rucker Community Shelter.
“This is not to make money,” Angelini says of her business. “It’s more to raise awareness.”
As a child, Angelini began her history of giving by stuffing candy into the hem of her Catholic school uniform to share with fellow classmates. As an adult, cooking meals for people in her apartment building soon gave way to buying and passing out popcorn and cupcakes.
“I gave them to my hair stylist, the toll booth people, servers at restaurants – just anybody that serviced me,” says Angelini “When people would be happy, I would be happy.”
Soon, everywhere she went, people would say, “Look, there’s the cupcake lady!” From there, a business was born.
Angelini makes about 3,000 cupcakes a week. Her goal is to serve organic, low-fat cupcakes while being as green and eco-friendly as possible.
“Depending on my mood, I’ll have five to seven different flavors a day,” says Angelini, who includes gluten-free offerings on Saturdays. She hopes to expand the tiny cupcake shop by the end of the year, and will soon be adding organic gelato to the menu.
As she concocts more elaborately named cupcake varieties, Angelini will also keep adding to the growing list of charities that will reap benefits from her success.
“My passion in life is to give to causes that are important to me, animals and children,” she says. “It’s about unconditional love, because really that’s what everyone wants.”