Here’s the scenario – you’ve got an event coming up. It might be your kid’s birthday, your family reunion, maybe even just a special dinner party or celebration. You certainly don’t have the time to bake for it and possibly not the skills either (we’ve all been there), but you want dessert to stand out more than a plain refrigerated cake from the grocery store. That’s when you turn to Nils and Bailey Rowland. For four years, they and the rest of the team at Creme de la Cocoa have been pleasing St. Augustine palates with their custom cakes.
During any given week, on average, the Creme de la Cocoa culinary team will bake, decorate, and deliver around fifty custom cakes for everything from birthdays to weddings. So far they haven’t really encountered any boundaries on what they can or will create. As Nils puts it, “We love a new challenge. We made a several-tiered wedding cake that had a blown sugar peacock on top and hand-painted gumpaste/sugar feathers cascading down the entire side of the cake – it must have been over 100 hand-painted feathers!”
Though the highly-skilled and experienced team in the kitchen are game for nearly any custom order that comes their way, they do offer a little advice for anyone requesting a cake. The time needed to complete a custom cake will always depend on the intricacy of the design and the necessary labor, so as much notice as you can give is always best. When you request a cake, be prepared for a few questions. The team will need to know how many people you need to feed, if you have a vision for the cake, and what flavor profile you typically enjoy.
And, unsurprisingly, their biggest piece of advice is to place your trust in their expertise. “A great tasting cake is very important to us,” says Nils. “We always recommend trusting our chefs to create something your entire crowd will enjoy.”