Make us your home page

Fulfilling a dream, woman takes Cake Girl mobile bakery on the road

WESLEY CHAPEL — Baking has always been her dream, having begun at about 6 years old, making cakes and cupcakes from Betty Crocker mixes.

In fact, Kristina Lavallee always wanted to have her own bakery. She went to college, earning a baking and pastry degree, as well as two bachelor's degrees in hospitality and food service industry in 2013. She worked in other bakeries, including at Publix.

Now, at age 28, Lavallee's dream became a reality when she started her own business, the Cake Girl LLC, in February. She has been making her sweet treats from scratch and selling them under a tent at farmers markets, festivals and other events throughout the Tampa Bay area. Since last month, however, the Cake Girl is no longer selling sweets under a tent. Instead, Lavallee has taken her business on the road with the Cake Girl truck.

"People always ask if I will open a bakery," Lavallee said. "But I don't want to. I love the idea of traveling and meeting new people."

The Cake Girl truck is a family affair. Helping Lavallee run her mobile bakery is her husband, Kirby, as well as her mother and mother-in-law. The mobile bakery features a variety of desserts. The biggest sellers are carrot cake, brownies and cupcakes. Lavallee's personal favorite? "Carrot cake, hands down," she said. She also has gluten-free items, including vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and brownies.

During the week, Lavallee works on special orders, including cakes and other items for birthdays, weddings, showers and other special events and parties.

Although not even a year old, the Cake Girl has been in the works since Lavallee's husband purchased her a "Cake Girl" license plate for her birthday back in 2010, while she was still in college and living in Orlando. Originally from Puerto Rico, Lavallee moved to Florida 13 years ago. She and her husband now live in Wesley Chapel, his hometown.

"The business name was actually my husband's idea," she admits. "But I put the business on hold while I planned my wedding."

The couple will have been married three years in November.

Lavallee also credits her husband with the idea of using a truck instead of setting up a tent at events.

"He thought it would be the coolest idea ever to have a truck," she said. "He's not just my husband; he's my business partner, my right-hand side."

>>fast facts

The Cake Girl

The Cake Girl will be at the ViVa Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival in Ybor City on Sunday and at the Food Truck Wars in Winter Haven on Sept. 24. To keep up to date on the Cake Girl's schedule, visit follow her on Twitter at @thecakegirlllc or Instagram at thecakegirlllc. For special orders or further information, call (321) 438-2981.

Fulfilling a dream, woman takes Cake Girl mobile bakery on the road 09/14/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.

  2. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  4. Line of moms welcome Once Upon A Child to Carrollwood


    CARROLLWOOD — Strollers of all shapes and sizes are lined up in front of the store, and inside, there are racks of children's clothing in every color of the rainbow.

    At Once Upon A Child, you often as many baby strollers outside as you find baby furniture and accessories. It recently opened this location in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  5. Pastries N Chaat brings North India cuisine to North Tampa


    TAMPA — Pastries N Chaat, a new restaurant offering Indian street food, opened this week near the University of South Florida.

    The menu at Pastries N Chaat includes a large variety of Biriyani, an entree owners say is beloved by millions. Photo courtesy of Pastries N Chaat.