BERWYN — There's a problem in Berwyn. Ivan Renteria and his brother, Alex, are baking cakes that will turn a perfectly normal human being into a red-eyed, raving cakeaholic.
The Renteria brothers opened Cake Bros. Bakery, 67037 26th St., in December 2012, and the ovens have been working overtime ever since. Need a sweet fix? The bakery is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. They also own a bakery in their native Chicago.
Ivan trained at Le Cordon Bleu school in Chicago and Alex studied at Kendall Culinary Arts College of Chicago. But their passion for baking started early in the kitchen of their mother, "Ketty" Lechuga, and their grandmothers, who passed down their secrets to Mexican bakery items that could only be homemade.
"Mom is still a big help here," Ivan said. "She makes really good cookies." The brothers learned their trade well, crafting custom cakes in every shape, flavor and color imaginable.
"Custom cakes are a trend," Ivan said. "It's an art form, edible art. Someone imagines it in their head and we bake it."
Sharks, shoes, cribs or a basketball court, the Cake Bros. have done it all.
Ivan said summer is the time when wedding or birthday cakes take up the most oven space. In the cooler and cold months, pies and fresh bread is a big seller.
But It doesn't stop there. Tarts covered in fresh fruit, pound cake and cookies fill the shelves and the top-selling conchas—Mexican pastries—and bolillos—bread rolls stuffed with cheese, ham and jalapeno—have their own special place in the bakery. And there's nothing bad to say about fresh mandarin or walnut flan.
You can even get a fresh cappuccino while trying to decide on what and how many delicacies you want to devour or to take on the road.
So what brought the baking brothers from Chicago to Berwyn?
"We like the fact there area lot of different cultures," Ivan said.