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Owner Of Norwalk's Rafael Cakes & Sugar Unlocks Secrets Of Perfect Pastries

Rafael Ramirez is the owner and cake designer at Rafael Cakes & Sugar on 79 N. Main St. in South Norwalk.
Rafael Ramirez is the owner and cake designer at Rafael Cakes & Sugar on 79 N. Main St. in South Norwalk. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Cannoli cupcakes made by Rafael Cakes & Sugar in South Norwalk
Cannoli cupcakes made by Rafael Cakes & Sugar in South Norwalk Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Pastries at Rafael Cakes & Sugar in South Norwalk
Pastries at Rafael Cakes & Sugar in South Norwalk Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Cupcakes comes in a large variety of flavors, and all are filled.
Cupcakes comes in a large variety of flavors, and all are filled. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

NORWALK, Conn. — What's the secret to making a perfect cupcake? Rafael Ramirez, owner of Rafael Cakes & Sugar in South Norwalk, says you must follow the recipe exactly.

"There are no shortcuts in baking. You can be creative when you're cooking dishes like steak and pasta," said Ramirez of Norwalk, who opened his business four years ago.

"But baking is a science. It's very specific. If you do something different and change the ingredients slightly, you will get a totally different product."

Ramirez, a third generation chef, knows his baking. He learned from his grandmother Rita in the Dominican Republic.

"I was baking since I was 8 and sold my first cake at age 13 through my grandmother's business," he said, adding that his grandmother still bakes. "I grew up helping her in the kitchen and learned her recipes and talents."

Ramirez sells cakes, coffee and pastries in a variety of flavors in his shop, which is around the corner of the Maritime Aquarium. All of the cupcakes are filled, and the flavors include confetti, cannoli, coconut, passion fruit and carrot.

He also gives cooking classes to bakers of all levels. "Classes are seven weeks long. We bake, we fill and we ice the cakes," he said.

For more information on Rafael Cakes & Sugar, 70 N. Main St., South Norwalk, call 203-642-4840, click here for the website or here for the Facebook page.

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