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When the LaBarbera family was trying to think up the perfect business they decided on something sweet. What’s sweeter than cupcakes? According to the Dayton Daily News, this mom and daughter business offers cupcakes, coffee, and tea.

“We wanted to do something to make people happy and put a smile on their faces,” said co-owner Megan LaBarbera-Vanaski.

Megan said the idea for the cupcake bakery (or cupcakery) came from their experiences living in Chicago.

“There were all these mom and pop bakeries in town where you could just run in and sample all these great tastes,” Megan said. “We wanted Lebanon to have something like that.”

To that end, the family has three sizes of cupcakes: the babycakes — which offer one-bite treats of each flavor; the classic size and the MegaManna, which Megan said can satisfy two sweet tooths at once.

Cupcakes were chosen, Megan said, because it allows for the most creativity.

“Cupcakes let you shake up the recipes,” Megan said. “You can really play with what you put into one.”

Manna offers a variety of classic cupcakes each day as well as a daily specialty cupcake from Amanda’s private recipe selection.

“I probably have 200 different recipes up here,” said Amanda, pointing to her head. “And I’m thinking up more all the time.”

Image from Manna Cupcake Cafe

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Originally posted by Angela Shupe on November 3, 2010 in Ideas.

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