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/ Our Origins

Originally from Trinidad in the Caribbean, owner Cheryl Harrington’s parents settled in Mattapan, Massachusetts, where they opened a home-style bakery.

It was here Cheryl found flour was in her veins.


She assisted her parents in baking holiday cakes, pies, and cookies, as well as designing wedding cakes, and learned tips and tricks from her grandmother Nana. Though after college she was no longer working at the bakery, Cheryl still gravitated toward the kitchen, baking for friends and family.


Cheryl found baking cathartic and would settle in after a stressful day at work with some 70s music playing and bake. Eventually, this also led to her finding her way back to wedding cakes and birthday cakes for friends, family, and strangers alike. Each of the recipients of her baked goods said the same: “You should open a bakery.” And so, in 2011, with the love and support of her family, she opened Shortcake Bakery.

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