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Cakes By Dez Creates The Finest, Freshest Pastries In Sarasota, Florida

By Paul Rowe

One spontaneous evening when Desiree Santiago was planning her son's second birthday, Sarasota, Florida's Cakes By Dez suddenly sprang to life. Just like she had done for her son's first birthday, Santiago wanted to make all her own cake decorations from scratch to create a cake that would make a lifelong impression.

"I was at my mom's house and I was telling a good friend of hers what I had been thinking for the cake, and she was excited to help," Santiago said. "Late in the evening we went to Publix and purchased all the materials, making all the elements to a practice cake from scratch: the cake, the frosting, and the fondant."

Long into the wee hours of the morning, Santiago and her mother's friend watched YouTube videos with the goal in mind to have fun making a fabulous, delicious treat. A month later, Santiago successfully made her son Elmo's cake. From that day on, Santiago began offering to provide homemade cakes for every event she ever went to.

"I fell in love with cake decorating," Santiago said. "I practiced, failed, tried again, and today, six years later, I love it more than ever!"

Cakes at Cakes By Dez have a distinctly delicious taste: the perfect blend of firm, moist, and sweet flavors. Every day, Santiago strives to personalize each cake so that it faithfully represents both the client and the event. Just like her son's birthday so many years ago, every event is graced with a delectably unique pastry. For Cakes By Dez, keeping things fresh defines a successful bakery.

"We switch it up throughout the year," Santiago said. "For December, we have a mouthwatering peppermint chocolate cake, for November we have a delish, velvety carrot cake, and in February we have our incredibly popular red velvet and white chocolate ganache cake."

When asked about her favorite cake of all, Santiago decided on Cakes By Dez's signature "creamy bunny," an outstanding and incomparable carrot cake with creamy white chocolate frosting: Yum! With treats like this one, clients can't get these cakes out of their dreams.

"Whether it is meeting with us to discuss an event while we design their dream cake or while they are enjoying eating it, we want the client experience to be memorable," Santiago said. Cakes By Dez strives to create cakes that are more than just cakes. For years, Santiago has displayed a singular passion for making each client feel special throughout the entire process. Thanks to Santiago and her dauntless work ethic, inspired memories have been elevated in Sarasota.
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