Angel Heart Cakes: Great tasting and [almost] guilt free

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on July 2, 2010

Debbie Umphreys and Gina Rivera, owners of Angel Heart Cakes

To Debbie Umphreys (left) and Chris Rivera, every Angel Heart Cake is really just an extension of themselves. Says Debbie: “I grew up eating these cakes, first baked by my grandmother and then my mother, and I made them for my own kids.” Adds Chris: “We pride ourselves in offering cakes that are uniquely light and flavorful, and we love to include fresh seasonal ingredients – right now we have local strawberries.”

The two Menlo Park residents met through a mutual friend who realized they had lots of shared interests. With children mostly grown, both were looking for a new challenge. They launched Angel Heart Cakes a little over year ago and today deliver their airy, fat-free, angel food cakes – all baked in a commercial kitchen – to a variety of local retail outlets including Sigona’s, Bianchini’s , Robert’s (Woodside location) JJ&F in Palo Alto and Trags in San Mateo.

“We prefer the smaller, family run stores,” says Chris. “They’re a good fit for our product.”

They also do a lot of custom orders – for weddings, fundraisers, and luncheons. Angel Heart Cakes come in a variety of sizes – from large to mini-bite cupcake – and feature flavors that change seasonally. Strawberry, lemon blueberry, and ganache are available off the shelf this summer.

The current production schedule, along with both public and private tasting events, keeps them busy. “We’d definitely like to grow,” says Debbie, “but we really like the local aspect of our business. I can’t imagine that we’d get so big that the cake quality would suffer. So we’ll take it slow. We want our cakes to be as fresh as they can be.”

Photo by Chris Gulker

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Trish Gump July 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

Angel Heart Cakes are the best! But, who is Gina and what happened to Chris?

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Linda Hubbard Gulker July 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

As an ole newspaper journalist, we used to say that “gremlins” had seized the type machines when a mistake like this happened. Thanks so much for spotting and reporting it so promptly!

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Daryl Camarillo July 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm

If you haven’t tried an Angel Heart cake – do it today! They are tasty, but light, and the flavors are so subtle.
Great job Debbie and Chris! You make Menlo Park special. : )

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