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A Peach in a Pear Tree pastry shop opens in Midlothian

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A Peach in a Pear Tree opened its doors at 1248 Sycamore Square Drive in Midlothian Saturday. (J. Elias O’Neal)

CHESTERFIELD, Va.  — Call it the Steve Harvey effect.

Alicia Darnell’s A Peach in a Pear Tree pastry shop hadn’t been open longer than a month on Patterson Avenue when her butter pecan cake went viral, thanks to the comedian and TV personality flashing a photo of her concoction on his talk show.

“I don’t know how he got, or who sent him the photo, but it was a complete surprise,” she recalled. “I started to get calls and emails from people all over the country wanting orders of the butter pecan cake they saw on the Steve Harvey Show. I even had one customer drive all the way down from New Jersey to pick up a cake.”

Alicia Darnell owns A Peach in a Pear Tree.

Alicia Darnell owns A Peach in a Pear Tree.

Nearly two years later, Darnell is still cooking up sweet success – albeit not in the confines of her original home kitchen or her former West End location.

After nearly a year of searching, Darnell has moved A Peach in a Pear Tree to a 900-square-foot storefront in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center in Midlothian. With the help of Darnell’s family, the new shop held its grand opening over the weekend.

A Peach in a Pear Tree specializes in pastries ranging from wedding and personal cakes to pies and cookies. Many of its signature pastries will be for sale by cake and by the slice, including its vanilla salted caramel cake and chocolate fudge sky high cakes. The shop will also be offering up a number of pie selections that include sweet potato, buttermilk, apple pies, and its signature “PB Love” pie – a confectionary mix of chocolate and peanut butter fudge.

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