-Courtesy of Peter Breslow Consulting & Public Relations
photo by Mike Prince
After a wildly successful special Easter sale, Mardhory Santos-Cepeda, the owner of Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse, has decided to offer “Flor-de-maio” Mother’s Day pastry boxes for pre-sale at her East Passyunk storefront. The boxes, which can be ordered online by Wednesday, May 4th, represent flowers which Cepeda discovered as a child while living with her mother and grandmother.
Each box, priced at $35, contains Pavê de Hibisco e Morango – trifle with hibiscus custard, pieces of strawberry, and vanilla sponge cake; Jasmine Sonho – sourdough donut filled with jasmine condensed milk custard; Bolo de Rolo de Limão com Lavanda – thin layers of buttery lime cake filled with lavender condensed milk truffle; and Bombom de Brigadeiro de Flor de Laranjeira – three bite-sized, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles with orange.
“When I think about mothers, I think about flowers,” said Cepeda. “Not only because of the delicate and feminine aspects, but also because of my own personal life. My two grandmothers and mothers are my inspiration for everything I do, and they always had a beautiful relationship with plants and flowers. Since I grew up around my grandma on my mother’s side, I naturally see her as my second mom, and she always had plants in her house that caught my attention, especially one called Flor-de-maio, which means ‘flower of many.’ The plant is native to Brazil. That flower represents suavity, which brings good energy to the house where it’s cultivated. Its vivid colors symbolize life and vivacity, and if given as a gift, it symbolizes an action of pure and true feelings. So for this Mother’s Daywe decided to make a pastry box inspired by that flower.”
Pre-orders are currently available at http://kouklet.com, and can be picked up on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be no boxes for sale at the store on Mother’s Day, so only pre-orders will be accepted.
Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse, located at 1647 E. Passyunk Avenue, offers a number of both savory and sweet pastries including their special Bolo de Rolo cake rolls. The shop is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.