Humble Pie Specialty Cakes in New Rochelle Combines Art and Pastry


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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.TJN 0820 humble pie

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.

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Humble Pie Specialty Cakes, 7 Huguenot St., New Rochelle, 914-819-8858,


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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

1 Comment

  1. I went to this bakery in December and was very disappointed! The decorated cupcakes appeared to be iced by a novice and there seemed to be no attention paid to the detail and finish of the cakes. I can’t believe this decorator actually is a pastry chef.

    What further upset me, is the way in which I was treated when I entered the store. The woman who claimed to be the owner, barely acknowledged me, because she was ” flirting ” and chewing the ear off of a male. I don’t know if they were friends previously, but it appeared that way, and she then handed him a cupcake and reminded him to write a good review. I was annoyed!!

    I did leave with a red velvet cupcake, but it tasted as if it was a vanilla cupcake that had just been colored red. I was hoping for the true dutch chocolate red velvet.

    Oh well, I will search for another bakery. It really is a pity though, because it is so close to where I live.

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