photo by Adriane Jaekcle for the El Paso Times - featuring manger Lydia Calderon and a Monkey Cupcake
"West Side shop capitalizes on cupcake cravings," El Paso Times - and here's their official site with more information.
Cupcakes and Cookies by T
7933 North Mesa Ave., Suite I
El Paso, Texas
CakesbyT at elp.rr.com
Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Toña Ligorio knows what a delectable dessert a little cupcake can be.
"You don't need a fork or plate. You can just grab them. And people get excited by them," said Ligorio, an entrepreneurial crafter of cupcakes. Ligorio is the owner of Cupcakes and Cookies by T at Celebrations, a specialty bake shop at 7933 N. Mesa, Suite 1.
As if to help Ligorio make her statement, a 30-something Westsider soon arrived and greeted Ligorio with two words: "pink lemonade" -- a popular cupcake flavor....
Ligorio's cupcake haven has been open successfully for more than a year, and another cupcake shop, Baby Cakes by Marcy, is scheduled to open in a few weeks on North Stanton.
Ligorio, who is appreciative of her manager, Lydia Calderon, who studied in a culinary school, is proud of the specialized cupcakes they create every morning.
And she'll let you in a little secret about the freshness of her little desserts.
"We don't ice until they're ready to be eaten," she said.
Great-looking impostors sit behind a glass case, teasing customers with their smooth buttercream frosting swirls and multicolored sprinkles. Some beckon customers with the guise of offering a healthful touch -- a radish or lettuce head made completely of frosting.
But the real deal, the spongy cupcakes in all sorts of mouthwatering flavors -- slamming chocolate, coconut, carrot and red velvet, to name a few -- are in the back, waiting to be topped just right. Cupcakes cost $2.40 each.