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Our Story

Porto’s Bakery was born out of Rosa Porto's love for sharing her wonderful cakes and pastries with friends and family.

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        Rosa was born on the island of Cuba, where she grew up surrounded by the sweet smell of her mother’s baking with recipes handed down through the generations of her family, originally from the Galicia region of Spain. For young Rosa, the kitchen, which was always filled with the scents of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, was her favorite place to be. When Rosa and her husband, Raul Sr., petitioned to leave Cuba, Rosa found herself out of a job and began selling cakes out of her home to neighbors and friends to support her family. Eventually, the Portos emigrated to the US, and Rosa started baking for her friends and family right where she left off. That's where the next chapter of their family story began.


        When Rosa and her family arrived in California, they had only the clothes on their backs, Raul Sr.’s strong work ethic, Rosa’s exceptional baking skills, and a dream for a better life. Soon after, Rosa began baking and selling cakes to friends and family that had heard of her fabulous cakes back in Cuba. Within a couple of years, it was not uncommon to see a line of customers picking up cakes from Rosa’s small home. In 1976, Rosa opened her first official storefront, Porto’s Bakery, on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, California. Raul Sr. would help out when not working at another local bakery, and after several years, he was able to join Rosa to continue to grow the business. Rosa’s three children, Beatriz, Raul Jr., and Margarita, helped at the Bakery after school and on weekends. They witnessed their mother’s passion for baking and cooking firsthand, which inspired them to carry on their mother’s legacy. After graduating from college, the siblings took on more significant roles within the business.

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        Rosa’s Cuban cakes and pastries were soon accompanied by our signature Cheese Rolls®, Refugiados®(Guava and Cheese Strudels), and our famous Potato Ball®, among many other international sweets and savory items. Rosa Porto passed away in 2019, but her three children and grandchildren work alongside a talented and dedicated team to carry on Porto’s tradition and Rosa's legacy.
        Porto's has gradually grown into six current locations in Glendale, Burbank, Downey, Buena Park, West Covina, and Northridge, with a seventh location in the Downtown Disney® District on the way.
        Porto’s took the number one spot on “Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US.” In 2021 Porto's Bakery was voted Best Bakery in the Southland, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just as Porto's Bakery started in Rosa's home back in Cuba, with Porto's Bake at Home, we now ship our most popular pastries and cakes nationwide directly to you.
        Rosa’s recipes and high standards continue to be carried on by her family, reflecting our mission baking memories for generations to come. Visit our Bakery, or order Porto's Bake at Home, and you will experience home baking at its best!

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