Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections Executive Baker Angela Rivera talks about the their Leominster store as she makes some “smash cakes” Thursday, August 15, 2019. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE
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LEOMINSTER — For nearly two decades, Ellen Corliss has been serving sweets to Leominster and the surrounding area at her bakery, Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections, currently located downtown at 16 Central St.

The bright pink and lime green cafe front, reminiscent of a cupcake, itself, serves up a wide range of baked goods, including special-order cakes and coffee.

Although she’s spending the bulk of the summer healing from an injury, during her absence, Corliss’ loyal staff of about 10 people has kept the business running at full steam, executive chef Angela Rivera said Thursday, as she laid sprinkles out for smash cakes.

She and chief decorator Christine Konich have worked at Aunty Ellen’s for just a few months shy of a decade, she said.

“We’re like a family,” Rivera explained.

Aunty Ellen’s specializes in a variety of baked goods, like cupcakes, cookies and fritters, but it’s the wedding cakes, Rivera said, that really keep the lights on.

On average, she and Konich said, they handle about 30 to 45 wedding cake orders a month, and the types of orders they receive range widely. Sometimes, customers come in with specific visions; other times the Aunty Ellen’s staff are given more of a creative license.

But Aunty Ellen’s offers way more than just cakes for special occasions. Two packed cases at the front of the shop offer walk-ins a wide variety of options, such as an every-changing display of cupckaes that Rivera says tend to shift with the seasons.

And then, she said, there’s the brownies, which she said she can’t keep on the shelf. She suggested that their significant mass might be the reason for their popularity.

“I try to make them as thick as I can,” Rivera said.

If customers are interested in learning some of the tricks behind Aunty Ellen’s decorating techniques, the bakery has that covered, too. Aunty Ellen’s hosts cake decorating classes during the evenings, where attendees can learn how to frost, level, fill and pipe cakes. A spate of upcoming classes are scheduled for September, aimed at both children and adults alike. One special series of classes will even feature a Harry Potter theme, Rivera said.

As Aunty Ellen’s prepares for September, which Rivera explained is the beginning of a busy season for the bakery, business is chugging along at bustling rate, she said.

With their eyes set on the fall, the team is looking forward to classes, more cakes and the return of their eponymous leader, alike.

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