Welcome to my Kitchen

You have just found one of Jacksonville’s most creative confectioners, passionate patissiers; a designer of delicate delights, master of meringues, other delightful sweets and treats, and baker of breads you can challah about! No matter the event you want to make special, I am ready to make it even more memorable.

About

Hello from Stacey!

Hi there! I’m Stacey, the owner of Stacey’s Custom Cakes. I have been baking nearly all my life, beginning with my grandparents teaching me to make chocolate chip cookies and cornbread as a toddler. With the love and support of many friends, I embarked on turning my passionate hobby into a professional reality in New Orleans in 2016. What a fun time it has been!

Welcome

I personally want to welcome you to my kitchen, my bakery-laboratory. This is my home, where I can test recipes and discover new flavors to delight my clients. “Wait, clients not customers?” I hear you saying. I view each and every one of my customers as clients because I’m not interested in selling you a confection and hustling you out the door. My wish is that you will be so pleased with my craft, that you become a lifetime customer, perhaps even a multi-generational customer. That, my friend, is why I will never consider you a mere customer, but a true client.

From New Orleans to Jacksonville

In May of 2021 I relocated from New Orleans to Jacksonville. I am excited to start a new chapter of my life, and I can’t wait to add your story to it!

My Philosophy on Baking

…excellent pastry could only be done with the best ingredients. Butter, sugar, chocolate, flour, almonds … I have always chosen the ultimate products, without ever making the slightest concession on quality, at a time when we did not hesitate to replace butter with margarine.

—Gaston Lenôtre (source)

My philosophy on baking (ironically perhaps) resembles a cake. There are three tiers, with each building upon each other.

The tiers of my baking philosophy

The First Tier—Foundation

My philosophy on baking starts with my family. My grandfather taught me the importance of fresh ingredients, my grandmother taught me how to follow my taste buds, and my mother taught me how to decorate cakes. A voracious appetite for cooking and baking shows continued pushing me forward with my craft as loved ones passed on.

The Second Tier—Quality

Dedication to the best quality ingredients is the base of everything I make. I am very proud of the fact that nothing coming from my kitchen is boxed, pre-mixed*. My ingredients are organic and fair trade whenever possible.

The Third Tier—Handmade Intentionally

I intentionally use a smaller mixer, so cake batters and doughs are prepared immediately before baking. Refrigerating or freezing large batch-made product is simply not an option. I hand roll the doughs I use for bread and other yeasted products. Sure, this means it takes more time, but it also means that each and every product I make proudly bears a label stating, “This handmade treat came from Stacey’s Custom Cakes”.

* Unfortunately, it is a reality that some artificial things sneak into the confections. An example is vanillin, a substitute for vanilla extract, is used to ensure pure white buttercreams stay pure white and do not take on a sickly tan shade. Another example is the edible prints use FDA approved ingredients. Your safety is always my first concern, and I will always take precautions if you have allergies or religious dietary restrictions you observe.