Annabelle's Cookies and More

Ormond Beach, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am told that not only do my cakes look beautiful, but that they taste heavenly. All too often, cake bakers/designers are more concerned with look, rather than taste and many brides find themselves and their guests disappointed with lots of leftover cake on their big day. I, simply strive to ensure that my cakes taste the best first and dedicate myself to ensuring that the cake stands out the way it is meant to. I have been told that many guests request seconds of my cakes as they, "are the best they have ever eaten!" As far as Italian cakes and cookies, I am told there is no one else in this area that bakes like I do -- just like "Nana/Nonna."

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love making people happy through what I am able to create for them -- a cake that not only looks great, but tastes like "heaven" on their tongues! And, being able to take their vision and turn it into a beautiful realty.....adding to their special day!
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Location

Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Nuria R. Aug 1, 2017
    She is amazing! Cake was beautiful and delicious!!
    Annabelle A. Aug 1, 2017

    Thank you Nuria! It was my pleasure making your wedding cake for you!

  • Laura A. Jan 28, 2017
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Beautiful and delicious wedding cake - Annabelle was a pleasure to deal with!
    We were delighted with the service we received from Annabelle - she is very friendly, organised, professional and extremely reliable. We gave her a photograph of the cake we wanted for our wedding and she brought it to life even more beautifully than I could've hoped. And best of all, her cakes are absolutely delicious! She makes you feel comfortable every step of the way and will not disappoint on your big day! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for tasty, beautiful and affordable baked goods for all occasions.
  • Meghan H. Nov 19, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Annabelle created our perfect wedding cake for our special day. She listened to everything we wanted and suggested some things we hadn't thought of. From beginning to end our experience with her was fantastic. Our cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. We will call Annabelle first for any of our future baked good needs, and we will and have already recommended her to others.
  • Chanann B. Oct 19, 2015
    I am from MD and I contacted Annabelle to see if she could create a beach theme cake for my mother's 70th birthday. She kept in constant contact until we arrived. We met Annabelle at the Farmer's Market in Daytona and everyone was asking to look at the cake. It was beautiful and she is the nicest person you will ever meet. The cake was delicious and the rolled butter cream was excellent, much better than fondant. We even picked up some of her cookies. Her price was great, I wish she was here in MD. If you have a special event, or a sweet tooth and happen to be in Daytona look her up!
  • Susan W. Aug 21, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Total yumminess!! She's really easy to work with. Great experience thus far.
  • Pilar U. Jun 29, 2015
    On June 16th I placed my first call to Annabelle's Cookies & More. I have seen her website and was delighted to find out that she prepared cakes. My goal was to deliver a birthday cake to my mom. Not an easy feat since I am in the West Coast. I didn't want to use other services because they had let me down. I was very lucky to reach Annabelle herself and found out she was the owner as well as the artist behind the product. In speaking with her, I learned that she is of Italian heritage and knew then I have found my magic wizard. My mom received her surprise birthday cake directly from Annabelle, whom graciously hand it over to a very surprised mom. She shared her delicious masterpiece with friends & family whom raved about how delicious it was. I scored high points with mom all due to Annabelle's extraordinary baking talent, warm heart and excellent service. Thank you Annabelle!!!!!!! My mom loved it!!!! I am very happy to sign my name to this review. Pilar Ugarte.
  • Lauren L. May 19, 2015
    We hired Annabelle to bake, deliver, and setup the cupcakes at our wedding. It was a large order with several different types of cupcakes. Annabelle was very friendly and helpful. She worked with me alot on the flavors and decoration of the cupcakes and decoration of the stand. She was by far the most cost-effective choice in the area, and after several taste tests, we thought her recipes were the best. The only thing that I would do differently is ask her to label the different flavors on the cupcake stand - since there were so many flavors and no one was sure what was what. Besides that, though, everyone loved the look and taste of them and we got alot of compliments. Highly recommended.
  • Christian N. May 12, 2015
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Very beautiful and delicious cake. Also very pleasant to do business with!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I am a bake-to-order baker and not only provide custom cakes, but also traditional ones as well as bake cookies and pastries, specializing in Italian baked goods. My basic cake prices start at less than $2.00 a serving. More detailed information about my pricing can be found on my website, annabellescookiesandmore.com.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
They provide me with pictures and/or ideas of what it is they are wanting so that I can get a feel for the design they want. We talk about flavor combinations and then they generally, will schedule a cake tasting so they can decide which flavors they want. At that time we review design, finalizing details and I am then able to provide them with an exact quote.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am mostly self-taught, although more recently, I have taken some informal classes and workshops to hone my decorating skills.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a small child, I would watch my mother and grandmother bake delectable treats. My mother was a cake decorator and often, I would help her decorate cakes. I made my first wedding cake for a friend more than 25 years ago and throughout the years made cakes for family and friends. Six years ago, I turned this little hobby of mine into a real business and have enjoyed helping people turn their visions into edible realities!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of customers. Tall, short, young, old. Not sure how to really answer this question! :)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently, I was challenged by having to make fire helmet cake for a client. It took me several hours to bake, carve, and decorate the cake. It is a chocolate cake, with a raspberry filling, chocolate ganache and fondant icing, and is life-sized. It can be viewed in my portfolio.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
That it takes a lot of time and skill to bake and decorate a cake and/or a cookie. That custom designs no matter if you are talking about a car, furniture, clothing or a baked treat, calls for higher prices because of the time involved in creating them. Be careful hiring the "cheapest" baker, it could end up ruining your special day! Read reviews, look at their portfolios, go on their FB profiles and see what is said about them there. Taste their cake before you hire. Lastly, remember it is not simply "cake," and what may look simple, probably took hours to make!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How many flavors do I get? Do you charge anything extra for cake stands, boards, ribbons, etc. Do you deliver and if so, what is your delivery charge?