The Caked Story
Ricardo Gudino owns Caked Las Vegas, which was featured this summer on Food Network’s “Cupcake Championship” and is the preferred cake vendor for such companies as Mansion 54, Hakkasan Group and JW Marriott Las Vegas. The shop offers a vast selection of cupcakes, including vegan, gluten-free and keto options, and also creates custom order cakes for any occasion.
hen did you know you wanted to become a chef? Have you always specialized in pastries?
I think cooking in general is in my blood. As a child, I was always intrigued by what my mom was doing in the kitchen. I always wanted to be in there with her and help and learn. Cooking is also a huge part of my culture and heritage. I always knew I needed to be in the culinary world somehow, someway. I started my journey wanting to do pastries, cakes and desserts, but I didn’t always specialize in it. I held my fair share of line cook positions in various hotels on the Strip, catering and even taught cooking classes for kids.
What prompted you to buy Caked and make it your own?
I was part of the original crew when the Summerlin location opened back in 2007. It was like my baby. I saw it grow and prosper and I couldn’t bear to see it go. I came on as partner in 2015, and in 2016, took over my store completely as owner. I wanted to be able to offer something for everyone, expand our menu and be more of a full-service bakery versus just cupcakes, which is why I decided to rebrand and re-open as Caked Las Vegas this year.