Taste of West Central: Mama Nena's brings something sweet to downtown DeRidder

DERIDDER -- An old storefront in downtown DeRidder is now a colorful canvas for creative confections.

Pink and blue set the background for Danish pastries, scones, croissants and cupcakes, all baked from scratch at Mama Nena's Bakery.

Daniela Parsley is "Mama Nena."

"My sister could not say 'Daniela.' She used to call me 'Nena.' When I decided to start making cakes, I became a mom at the same time. I am Hispanic, so that's the 'mama,' so 'Mama Nena,' " she explained.

Daniela's husband is in the military, stationed at Fort Polk. They've lived all over and all along the way, Daniela has baked. She has made cakes for years -- for birthdays, weddings and special occasions. She expanded her baking a few years ago and even attended pastry school. That's when she began experimenting with cupcakes.

"Whatever comes to my head one day, that's what I will play with and bring in new flavors. I just bought a PayDay bar, and I said 'Let's just do a PayDay cupcake.' And Butterfinger was two weeks ago," she said.

Mood does play a part in her baking, Daniela admits.

"It depends on the day ... it depends on my mood. Some days, I'm all for chocolate and I just want chocolate. Some days, it's just plain vanilla. I've had a week that all I wanted to eat was Cannolis so I would eat the Cannoli filling with a spoon! It depends on the day, week or mood," she said.

Daniela said she chose to open her bakery in downtown DeRidder because of its "feel."
"I love the street ... I
love the historic buildings ... I love my neighbors," she said. "I just had a vision that this would be a good place."

Mama Nena's is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In the mornings, offerings include cinnamon rolls, Danish pastries, scones, chocolate croissants and muffins. There is also fresh coffee, including lattes, through 12:30
p.m. Cupcakes are available through the afternoon, and birthday, wedding and special event cakes are available by order.

Daniela also plans to start having some Gluten-free and sugar-free options for customers.

You can also browse antiques in the bakery, a
vailable for purchase by Prim and Proper Antiques.

Find more information on Mama Nena's Bakery HERE.

Mama Nena's is located at 115 West First Street, DeRidder.

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