Ercelle Molina knew she had the makings of a new business when friends and neighbors began ordering Filipino baked goods from her home kitchen.

Molina and her husband, Bronwyn, have lived in Santa Maria for nine years, where he worked as an alarm installer and she as a data entry clerk for an insurance company from home. The couple are diving full-time into the bakery business with the help of their two daughters.

Mamicel Filipino Bakery will have a soft opening at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 at their new shop in the Western Village Shopping Center at 2025 S. Broadway St., Suite B.

The couple was busy Tuesday putting finishing touches on the shop, including a mural. Customers can come by in the morning to sample some of the unique treats Molina will have on her menu. She plans to serve Pandesal (a Filipino dinner roll), which Bronwyn described as light  and fluffy with bread crumbs on the outside.

Other items to sample will be Choco Flan, which is chocolate cake with custard on top; Mami Pao – a steamed bun with pork filling; and Pan De Ube – a bread with sweet taro filling; among others.

Mamicel Filipino Bakery menu items will include:

  • * Biko (Sweet rice)
  • * Mochi Brownie (made with rice flour)
  • * Pandesal (Filipino dinner roll)
  • * Spanish Bread (bread with sugar filling)
  • * Cassava cake (grated yucca root with milk)
  • * Choco Flan (custard with chocolate cake)
  • * Bibingka (sweet rice flour with coconut milk)
  • * Egg Pie  (Egg custard)
  • * Mamon (sponge cake)
  • * Ube roll (taro jelly roll)
  • * Mocha roll (mocha jelly roll)
  • * Mami Pao  (steam bun with pork filling)
  • * Pan De Ube (bread with sweet taro filling)
  • * Pan De Beef (bread with beef filling)
  • * Pan De Baboy (bread with pork filling)
  • * Coffee (hot and iced)
  • * Halo-halo (finely crushed ice with milk,  sweetened beans,  sugar palm and taro)

Mamicel Filipino Bakery will be open Monday-Wednesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The bakery will be closed on Thursday and Sunday.