I’m often asked, “How do you come up with such magnificent cake designs?” Truthfully, my clients are my biggest inspiration. Nothing gives me more joy than bringing a smile to someone’s face. Every special occasion or celebration deserves an extra special cake. If you can dream it, we can make it! Some of my fondest childhood memories are centered around cakes and pastries. My Dad, an amateur pastry chef and baker extraordinaire, was always experimenting with fabulous fillings and “top-secret” recipes. He’d often let me lick the spoon or help him sculpt a decorative topper for a holiday cake.
As a kid, I knew more about sugar flowers, fondant, marzipan, chocolates and cake batter than most bakery owners. Looking back now, I realize how precious those times were. Making those one-of-a-kind cakes with my dad taught me so much and helped shape me to the person I am today. I never thought I would be a baker.
When I moved to the states, I continued my studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY. For several years, I worked as an accessory designer for numerous design studios in New York.
Yet, as the years passed, something seemed to be missing.
In early 2001, I made a phone call to my Dad to discuss my frustration. He said, “Bake a cake Alla. You will feel better”.
Put all of your heart into it. Then sit back and relax. Taste what you have created.” As crazy as it sounds, that’s just what I did. I baked a cake, decorated it and admired it. That day will go down in history as the day The Cake Zone was born.
For those of you craving cake and event credentials, I have a few of those too: I am a pastry chef and certified Sugar Artist. In 2013, The Cake Zone was rated one of the top 3 Best bakeries in Florida.
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The Cake Zone won The Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
One of our Wedding cakes was featured on the cover of Tampa Bride magazine .
The Cake Zone design studio and bakery is located on private property and visited by appointment only. Our studio houses a commercial kitchen; it is a Florida State Licensed facility and is inspected by the Department of Agriculture.