If the flowers on the cupcakes at Humble Pie Specialty Cakes look too good to eat, it’s because 28-year-old owner and baker Liza Iraci started her career as an illustrator and fine artist. The New Rochelle resident, who grew up in Banksville, went to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and later, the Institute of Culinary Education.
She fell in love with pastry, and the rest of the story is told through her 4-month-old bakery where she sculpts flowers out of sugar. Specialty cakes — with flowers — are a big part of her business, but so are cupcakes and the shop’s namesake: pies.
Her cupcake flavors stand out: peanut butter and jelly, s’mores, milk and cookies, mint chocolate chip, Snickers and Heath bar. Cake flavors run the gamut from chocolate and marble to carrot, banana, Oreo and blueberry while pies are more traditional, in options such as apple, apple crumb, pumpkin, pecan and blueberry crumb. Iraci, however, will make any flavor you want. “Just ask,” she says. Also on the menu: coffee, cold drinks, and come fall, espresso, cappuccino, tea, and apple cider. There are seats indoors and outside.
The self-described “old soul” named the bakery after Humble Pie, a band from the ’70s, and if you listen closely, you’ll hear them occasionally played in the background along with other classic rock.
If you go…
Humble Pie Specialty Cakes, 7 Huguenot St., New Rochelle, 914-819-8858, humblepiespecialtycakes.com