Homemade desserts abound at Little Brick Cakery

Milton bakery to open Nov. 4
November 4, 2017

The first time Shelley Lias-Maull pulled a tiny cake out of her lightbulb-powered Easy Bake Oven, she was hooked on baking.

She was 9 years old, she said, and she knew then that baking would always be a part of her life.

Now the Lewes resident is fulfilling her decades-long dream of opening her own bakery. Little Brick Cakery on Union Street in Milton will feature homemade cakes, pies and other goodies, most inspired by her grandmothers' recipes.

“Back then, my grandmas backed all the time because that's what you did,” she said, remembering Grandma Viola expertly rolling out dough like a pro.

“There was always something in the oven,” she said. “I grew up with knowing the homemade smells of the kitchen.”

Lias-Maull said Little Brick Cakery will be open Tuesday through Saturday, offering a place for people to stop by for a slice of cake or pie with a cup of coffee or glass of milk or place a custom order. While she remembers always having fresh-baked breads at her grandmother's house, she plans to focus on the sweeter side of baking.

“I want people to enjoy cakes like your grandma used to make,” she said. “Come in and sit and have a real piece of cake.”

The retired elementary school teacher said she knew the bakery was meant to be as soon as she walked in the century-old building on Union Street, most recently the home of Bacchus Wine Bar. She purchased the spot in spring 2017, and since then redesigned part of the building and searched high and low for the perfect equipment for the tiny kitchen.

“It took a lot of research,” she said. She also has hired four part-time locals to help man the bakery.

Once Little Brick Cakery is up and running, people can expect to find salted caramel apple cakes, chocolate mousse cakes, pumpkin spice cake with maple whipped cream icing and a slew of homemade pies, as well as cupcakes, cookies and brownies from time to time.

“The menu will change seasonally,” she said, and she plans to purchase fresh fruits and other ingredients from local farmers markets.

Little Brick Cakery held a soft opening at the end of October, testing out chocolate-flavored “gingerdead” cookies, a creative, Halloween-inspired twist on gingerbread men.

Lias-Maull said her baking talents spread by word-of-mouth over the last few years, so now friends and family will have a storefront where they can pick up her famous 7-inch strawberry cream cakes.

“I'm super excited,” she said. “This has been a dream since I was 9. I can't wait for people to come in here.”

More about Little Brick Cakery

GRAND OPENING Saturday, Nov. 4
ADDRESS 106 Union St., Milton
HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
PHONE 302-664-2495