BITE OF HEAVEN: Patty Cakes brings mini cupcakes to downtown Washington
Published 12:20 pm Monday, February 15, 2016
Patty Cakes was meant to be, according to owner Patricia Roseman.
The small cupcake shop, located in the pale pink building at the corner of Market and Water streets in downtown Washington, opened in January.
Specializing in mini cupcakes, including gluten-free and vegan, Roseman makes anything from cake truffles to bacon maple French toast cupcakes to frostings with alcohol in the mix.
Roseman said the idea for the store came to her from a psychic. She faced a turning point in her life a few years ago and was looking for her next step.
She had been living in Pennsylvania, but her daughter (along with granddaughter Ellaina) and parents live in New Jersey, and her son lives in Greenville, N.C.
“I said, ‘Do I stay in New Jersey, do I go back to Pennsylvania, or do I go to North Carolina?’” she recalled. She chose the latter.
Roseman said the psychic told her to take a chance on transitioning into an actual shop. A graduate of a culinary arts school in New York, she was already making cupcakes to order, but had yet to take any action.
By meeting people and making connections in Washington, Roseman discovered her current location in the open office suite downtown. She now credits the psychic with predicting the situation, and thinks it was meant to work out the way it did.
“(The psychic) told me she saw brick or cobblestone, there’s a park across the street and the rent is doable,’” Roseman said.
Her shop is located in a brick building, Festival Park is just across the street and the rent is, in fact, doable.
Now Roseman’s focus shifts to embracing this new endeavor and growing her business; she gets to spend more time with her granddaughter Caileigh, 6, too.
“My goal right now is to get to a place where I can stay home and bake and have somebody at the shop,” Roseman said.
After all, the kitchen is where the magic happens.
She said she doesn’t write down recipes but rather creates it anew each time, and in that way, her work is again meant to be.
“It just happens,” she said. “I guess I was gifted with where I’m able to just see and do it, and it comes out good. I’m the same way with cooking.”
“I love doing it and like experimenting with flavors,” Roseman said. “It kind of blossomed, so we’ll see what happens.”