bake - March 2018 - PAN45


for 17 years, and sales have increased every year without
"Our cake business is growing," Casillas says of one
example. The bakery has 10 bakers and cake decorators,
and sales of celebration cakes, particularly during the
spring and summer months, are on the rise. The most
popular cakes are for birthdays, weddings and quinceañeras.
In addition, PanaderĂ­a Maria makes different types
of sweet breads that are signature specialties that are not
available anywhere else in the area. Examples include
borregos, elotes amarillos, novias and ojo de panchos. Another
popular specialty item is what they call manos de oso, which
is similar to a bear claw and is made with Danish dough,
BakeMark cheese filling and sliced almonds on top.
"We buy 90% of our ingredients from BakeMark,"
Casillas says, mostly flour and fillings. "We are very well
satisfied with BakeMark. Quality is paramount to us."






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