Family business shares ‘comfort’ of cheesecakes

Lead baker at Lani’s Cheesecakes & Coffee House in Comfort, prays over each cake, ensuring it’s made with love

COMFORT – While many small businesses in Texas are struggling amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Lani’s Cheesecakes & Coffee House in Comfort is booming with orders.

“It truly is a blessing,” Diana Morales, co-owner of Lani’s Cheesecakes & Coffee House, said. “We came together as a family to see how we could help the community during this time because people got to eat.”

The walls of the quaint shop are covered in quirky items that are either “gifted or thrifted."

“We’ve been coined the happy place,” Morales said.

The idea came about 31 years ago, when Morales gave her husband a cheesecake recipe book.

“He always wanted to learn to make cheesecakes,” she said. “After a while we started getting orders from friends and it took off from there."

Lani is her daughter. Now 25 years old, Lani started baking in her teens after struggling with speech developments.

“She had some complications after she was born and we were told she wouldn’t be able to do anything with her life, but we left it in God’s hands," Morales said.

Lani has taken to baking cheesecakes like a pro.

“I come up with all kinds of recipes and I pray over each cheesecake because I think it really does taste better,” Lani said.

The entire Morales family works together at the cheesecake and coffee house.

“My husband is back there helping her and she comes up with amazing recipes,” Morales said.

Other items on the menu include a brisket grilled cheese, the longhorn sandwich, which includes five different kinds of meat, and a quiche and chicken salad, among other brunch items.

Cheesecakes can be ordered by the slice or whole, and the Morales family is ready to take on the challenge of any requests.

“Our craziest request was a maple bacon cheesecake and that was a hit,” Morales said.

Because of the latest restrictions in place, they are continuing to deliver to surrounding areas. Click here for the menu.

You can find Lani’s Cheesecakes & Coffee House about 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio, at 510 Highway 27 in Comfort.