The frosting used also is unique. Although Irias can make a fine traditional buttercream frosting, her specialty is a Swiss meringue.
“It is not too sweet, but light and creamy,” Irias said, noting that while it takes a little bit longer to process than traditional buttercream frosting, it’s worth the effort.
Irias continues to experiment in the kitchen.
“She really likes to come up with new flavors, invent new stuff,” said Daniel of his mother, noting a pecan pie cheesecake is in the works as her latest creation.
Nissi’s offers dessert catering services for special events, as well as several Cake Room tables for dine-in desserts and socializing, and a variety of drinks including coffee, chai tea, green tea, apple juice, soda and water.
A family affair
Perhaps most gratifying for Irias is that it is a true family effort, including Daniel and another son, Javier Jr.; her husband, Javier; and daughter Nidia.
“I’m so happy, so proud of my family,” she said. “We’re a team. Everyone plays an important role here.”
The family hopes to play a part in a resurgence in West Racine.
“We’re hoping to be a part in seeing it flourish,” Daniel said. “We’re hoping to help with revitalization.”