Ty and Madi Tabile have a sweet tooth and, thanks to their weakness, so does Northeast Mesa.
The young couple opened Red Mountain Promenade’s Cups and Cakes June 23. The intoxicating smell of batter in the mom-and-pop shop nearly sells the products without even eyeing the colorful showcases.
Options are aplenty, with lemon coconut, German chocolate, Oreo and eggnog among the flavors.
“The eggnog is to die for,” she said enthusiastically. “We sold out of those. I love the caramel spice, too, and the chocolate peanut butter. Oh my gosh, I could take a bath in that frosting.”
Cupcakes are $3, or $2.50 for customers who order 12 or more. Cups and Cakes also creates custom cakes for birthdays, weddings and other events.
Madi grew up in Orange County, California, but moved to Gilbert for her father’s job. The Williams Field High School graduate and her husband, who grew up in Layton, Utah, attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College. A recent CGCC graduate, Ty will soon begin studying business and finance at ASU.
The idea for Cups and Cakes was sparked when Madi became addicted to Cupcake Wars while the couple was living in North Carolina for three years.
“We moved back here and I got a job at The Sweet Tooth Fairy in Gilbert, which is where I learned everything,” said Madi, 22. Her husband is 26.
“I got my degree in criminal justice and worked for the Mesa Police Department. But I quickly learned I didn’t want to be a police officer and the end goal was my husband wanted to own a business. This opportunity came up, and here we are.”
Owning a business has been challenging for the Tabiles.
“I feel like my brain is going a million miles an hour and in a million different directions,” she said with a laugh. “Some days I’ll be jumping for joy because of all the customers and the love we receive. Other days, it’s super hard. We’ve learned a lot about dealing with customers and the community. But we love it here.”
The most valuable lesson she’s learned?
“I think the more good you put out, the more good comes back to you,” she said. “I love working with people. Hard work pays off.”