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INDIANAPOLIS — You may have seen her creations at significant events like the 2012 Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Zoo's Zoobilation or even Museum by Moonlight at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
"Cretia Cakes" is known for its creations on special occasions like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
But those who have followed the Indianapolis bakery know that it's real specialty is southern baked goods.
"I love when people come in and they tell me it tastes just like their grandmother's," LaCretia Allen, the chef and owner Cretia Cakes, said. "That's mind-blowing."
Southern baked goods are traditional sweets that stem from the south, like caramel cake, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and banana creme pie. All treats that Allen bakes in her shop.
Cretia Cakes, now on the northwest side of Indianapolis, has been baking goods for almost 20 years now.
Allen had to cut back from being in the bakery as much as she used to before the coronavirus crisis, as she's now only in the storefront three days a week, for four hours.
But she couldn't wholly close because the bakery is her sole place of revenue.
"I have a couple of people that are really happy I'm still open, but it's hard. It's really hard," Allen said. "My sales dropped tremendously."
Although she is primarily open to generate some revenue, Allen said she also wants to make sure she can provide those sweets for people who can use something tasty in this time.
"The bakery is pretty much my baby," Allen said. "People still have birthdays, and people are still having cravings."
Allen has had trouble finding bread due to people panic-shopping and is also considering baking loaves of bread and selling it out of her shop. If she decides to do this, she will update her website and Facebook page.
Allen says that just because she is not in the storefront, doesn't mean she isn't baking. You can call and make an order at 317-929-1560 for curbside pickup or delivery, and you can also order through her website or DoorDash.