Cupcake Battle Contestant: Elite Cake Creations
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|Divorce cakes are a specialty at Elite Cake Creations.|
Otero's family opened another La Gran Via in Puerto Rico. Otero was raised in the Dominican Republic but went to college at Florida International University, where she got a degree in business administration and marketing and wrote a thesis on the family bakery. Not long afterward, she opened Elite Cake Creations.
"I wanted to continue my family's tradition of hard work, their reputation," she says.
Nowadays, Otero believes that her 4,000-square-foot storefront is "the largest cake center in South Florida. Everything is prepared and decorated here."
Specialties include cakes for any occasion, including divorces. "Oh, those are fun!" Otero says. "We started the divorce cake upon the request of our customers. We get a lot of information from them -- try to please them as much as we can. One lady was getting a divorce and threw herself a party. We started the trend. It made us very popular when it comes to that." She now gets orders for about four divorce cakes per month.
Another specialty is old-school Cuban desserts such as "The Mexican," which she says is like a ganache with a cool decoration; sponge cake in tropical flavors like lemon, orange, or strawberry; and the "Dobo," which is a seven-layer cake separated by sheets of dark chocolate mousse.
Lately, Otero says, her company has been expanding its business in cupcakes and cake bites ("I don't particularly like to call them 'cake balls,'" she notes. "I had a problem with that about four years ago.").
On an everyday basis, the bakery cranks out standard flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet; customers can also special-request flavors like margarita, gingerbread, and snickerdoodle. They sell for $2.50 and up, or $30 and up for a dozen. Soon, Otero will launch a service called "Cupcake a la cart" -- for special events, she'll bring naked cupcakes on a mobile cart, plus an array of toppings like sprinkles and gummy bears that guests can use to decorate their own cupcake and then take home in a cute box.
Otero wouldn't reveal what flavor she'd be passing out during the April 20 New Times Cupcake Battle at the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival -- where eight bakeries will vie for awards like Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Fan Favorite. (Tickets are available here.)
"I think we're doing test runs next week," she said.
To reach Elite Cake Creations, visit the website, or call 954-450-2685.