How sweet it is... Cuban immigrants Antonio and Gelasia Cao fell in love 50 years ago.
They met while working at La Vencedora in Cardenas, the top bakery in Cuba at the
time. As teenagers, Antonio worked as a baker and Gelasia as a cashier. They married
and dreamed of one day having their own bakery. For political reasons, the family
left Cuba with their two small children (they would have two more) and arrived in
Miami in 1968. The couple got right to work and within a few years, they had
saved enough money to buy a small bakery that was for sale in Hialeah.
In 1972, Antonio and Gelasia opened the doors of Vicky Bakery, serving up mouth-
watering pastelitos and baked goods. “I started making pastries here the way
I made them in Cuba, and they’ve been incredibly successful,” Antonio said.
“To this day, we haven’t changed the recipe. And to this day, it continues to
be one of the better pastries that my clients say they have eaten.”
The Cao's always knew the bakery would evolve into a family business. Son Pedro
helmed the East 49 street location at age 18. After 20 years in four locations, Pedro
and his sisters: Elizabeth Santiago and Carmen Oramas joined by their husband’s
Alejandro and Fernando, respectively, expanded the store’s reach from Hialeah to
Miami Lakes, Kendall to Cooper City. With its roots in Hialeah, the Vicky Bakery
has cooked up new locations as fast as it grew fans, opening eight new locations
throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County. Today, there are more than 15
locations with plans to continue expanding the brand.