White almond sour cream, red velvet, pineapple, champagne, Italian cream and banana are only some of the flavors Candi Glasgow, owner of Candi’s Cakes & Deli, uses to bake and decorate delicious cakes, cupcakes and many other desserts.
Found at 919 Ellis Ave. in Lufkin, the bakery serves “home-cooked traditional food” every day with specials, entrees, sandwiches and a salad bar on the menu for customers to choose from. Chicken and dumplings, chicken salad, campfire chicken, meat loaf, chicken spaghetti, lasagna, smothered pork chops and their famous Western burger are some of the items on the menu, Glasgow said.
“We are a family business — our stuff is homemade,” she added. “We don’t use canned soups or premade food. Our cupcakes are homemade. Our cakes are fresh and we make to order.”
Six years ago, Glasgow made a unique groom’s cake for a wedding designed like a beer bucket with ice and bottles. After a customer took a picture of the cake and posted it on Facebook, the orders kept coming. And that is when she went into business. She first started in her home, but soon her spare bedroom became her cake room, shelves lined with ingredients and equipment. Soon after, she moved into a bed-and-breakfast, but after the place closed, she moved into her current location April 2014.
“Our customers like the atmosphere,” Glasgow said. “We have one lady that comes in here, and she said she likes to come here to relax and enjoy her meal. She was just here today. She said she knows when she has a bad day, she can come in here. We have a lot of customers that are like family and friends. We’ve gotten to know them and their lives.”
When customers walk into Candi’s Cakes & Deli, a wall of personal pictures, magazines and newspaper clippings from the Vietnam War era are hanging on the wall. Glasgow said the wall is a tribute to her dad. She invites the community to contribute war photos of their own to hang on the wall. Veterans also eat for free on Veterans Day each year.
When asked what three words she would use to describe her bakery and deli, Glasgow looked over to her cousin Dillion for help when the word “delicious” was tossed around. He looked over, smiled and said, “I think that’s a given.”
For more information on Candi’s Cakes and Deli, visit their website at mrscandiscakes.com or on Facebook by searching Candi’s Cakes & Deli.