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Little Sugar Shop

4 E. Valley Stream Blvd. Valley Stream , NY 516-612-2697

Vyancka Kilimet is proprietor of Little Sugar Shop

Vyancka Kilimet is proprietor of Little Sugar Shop in Valley Stream. (March 31, 2011) Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

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The cupcakes are particularly attractive at Little Sugar Shop -- not too big, modestly iced, tastefully decorated. The filled ones have a little topknot indicating whatever is inside, be it dulce de leche, vanilla custard, mango cream. They're modestly priced, too: $2.50 apiece, six for $14, a dozen for $28.

It's hard to believe in these crazy-for-cupcakes times, but Vyancka Kilimet didn't mean to open a cupcake shop. She was merely looking for a commercial kitchen when she found the sliver of a store in Valley Stream.

Kilimet had been baking since her childhood in the Dominican Republic. After moving to the U.S., she started baking for family and friends and slowly, word got around that Vyancka would do a great job on your wedding cake, anniversary cake, first Communion cake. While working in customer service at JFK, she began taking classes in cake decoration and running a small business. Last year, she quit her job and started looking for a place to bake. She couldn't resist this space around the corner from her children's school, Holy Name of Mary.

Kilimet's family convinced her that she'd be nuts not to add retail to her business plan. The problem was that she hated the idea of cakes "sitting around for days" getting stale while she sold slices. The solution: cupcakes.

Little Sugar Shop's cupcakes reflect Valley Stream's diverse population. "My Dominican customers like to see the guava and dulce de leche," Kilimet said. "The older people like the Boston cream pie. The Italian people like the tiramisu. One lady asked me to make a lemon-poppy seed cake for her daughter's bat mitzvah, and when I tasted it, I decided to make it a cupcake, too." -- Erica Marcus

Vyancka Kilimet is proprietor of Little Sugar Shop in Valley Stream. (Newsday Photo / Erica Marcus / March 31, 2011)

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