Dolcery Desserts offers gourmet cupcakes and much more
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Name: Dolcery Desserts
Address: 102 Duke St., Suite 107 in Willow Shade Square
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday
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By Ray Finefrock
Culpeper Times Staff Writer
That may be the best word to describe Dolcery Desserts. The bakery just celebrated its second anniversary in December and has become a valued part of the Culpeper community. The store recently furnished cupcakes to celebrate the lighting of the State Theatre marquee.
Dolcery donates frequently to schools and churches in the community, both baked goods and gift cards.
“We also do exchanges with different businesses, like Chick-fil-A and we help with fund raising for schools,” said co-owner Fiorella Valderrama.
The name is a play on the Spanish word “dulce” which means “sweet.”
“We wanted this to be a sweet place to go,” said Fiorella. “We added the 'ry' to make it like bakery.”
The business is family-owned. While the mother-daughter team of Amparo and Fiorella have most of the up front responsibility, various other relatives do behind-the-scenes work.
“Our family is very tight,” said Fiorella.
Fiorella and Amparo both have their specialties.
“My mom has always loved baking,” said Fiorella. “And I have the business background. I have a master's degree in finance and international business from Marymount College. With that and her baking background we thought this would work out.”
Added Amparo, “we have a lot of ideas. We're very innovative.”
Photo cakes are a big favorite.
“People bring in a photo and we can create a cake with it,” said Fiorella. “We also do a lot of custom cakes. People bring ideas drawn out on paper and we turn them into a cake.”
“Some people bring in a napkin and say 'can you do this',” said Amparo. “Usually we can.”
Dolcery offers 24 cake flavors. Cupcakes are baked fresh every morning, beginning at about 5 a.m. They make about 10 of each of the 24 flavors and refill as needed.
“We quit around 3 or 4 p.m. so we won't have too many leftovers,” Fiorella said. “When we have extra we offer them to businesses at a discounted price or donate them for a school party or something like that.”
In addition to the cakes and cupcakes, Dolcery can provide pies, brownies and cake and cookie “pop's” on a stick. They also do platters for special events.
It would seem working in a bakery would be a recipe for diet disaster, but the ladies said not so.
“We are pretty much immune to it,” said Fiorella. “Sometimes when we try out a new recipe we'll taste test it, but not so much otherwise.”
For those with special dietary needs, Dolcery Desserts offers “Healthy Options – products as requested: that are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan or without eggs or nuts.
“A lot of people like that,” said Fiorella. “They say 'I haven't had a piece of cake in years, but now I can'.”
Monday Amber Stuart stopped by with her 4-year-old daughter Hailey.
“We come here a lot because my daughter has a sweet tooth,” Amber said. “She loves the cupcakes here. And so do I, especially the caramel, hot chocolate and the strawberry shortcake. Everyone here is really nice to us.”