Ever since LeBron James posted a picture of his gigantic birthday cake on Twitter, everyone has been making a big stink about it. The people behind the showy, five-tier cake work at Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes, a family-owned company that opened in Miami in 2001.
Most of the company's business comes from making wedding cakes - about 150 per week - but they've made showy pastry for this town's biggest celebrities.
It all started with Lil Wayne.
"We were just working on a Saturday really late and we got a call at 9 p.m. - we close at 7 - and we answered the phone and it was Lil Wayne's manager. He needed a cake for the same night and we delivered," said Laura Rodriguez, sales director for Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes.
Her parents Jorge Rodriguez and Iliana Lombardero had been making cakes in Cuba since 1985. They moved to Miami in 1996 and made their tasty stuff for other companies before deciding to start their own. Today, Iliana and daughters Laura and Leysi run the 14-person company.
Customers include Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Dwayne Wade, Carmen Electra and Romero Britto to name a few. ;Rodriguez sketches many of the cake's designs (her mother does the actual decorating).
"For LeBron they simply told me the colors: red, gold, they wanted something royal," she said. "I came up with the idea of the crown."
Cakes like that can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the amount of crystals used. A Swarovski crystal rope around a small, three-tier cake costs between $150 and $200. LeBron's cake used more than 10,000 crystals. Rodriguez's favorite cake, however, is the black and silver tower of a cake she designed for Dwayne Wade and her 8-foot wedding cake.
"We're known for big cakes," she said.
Divine Delicacies also has a storefront across the street from Florida International University's South Campus where common folk can pick up a cake to go starting at less than $25. Popular flavors are the signature vanilla-rum and guava and cream cheese. Still, Rodriguez says the trend now is toward personalized cakes.
"Every since all the network shows came out, people have been getting more and more specific about their cakes. People are getting more creative about them."
Divine Delicacies Custom Cakes
1659 SW 107 Avenue, Miami
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