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Cakes Plus expands to Westchase area

Nina Torres opened Cakes Plus in South Tampa 25 years ago despite not having any formal business or baking experience. Using her knowledge as a nutritionist and dietician, she created her own recipes. Now, Torres is bringing her bakery items, like the cakes pictured here, to a new, second location in the Westchase Town Center. Photos by Danielle Hauser.

Nina Torres opened Cakes Plus in South Tampa 25 years ago despite not having any formal business or baking experience. Using her knowledge as a nutritionist and dietician, she created her own recipes. Now, Torres is bringing her bakery items, like the cakes pictured here, to a new, second location in the Westchase Town Center. Photos by Danielle Hauser.

Nina Torres opened Cakes Plus in South Tampa 25 years ago despite not having any formal business or baking experience.

Using her knowledge as a nutritionist and dietician, she created her own recipes, including her signature pound cake recipe.

"It's the number one seller," Torres said. "It's different, it's something you don't find any other place."

Now, Torres is bringing her pound cake and other bakery items to a new, second location in the Westchase Town Center.

The full-scale bakery offers cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cannolis in addition to bagels, muffins, croissants and four types of bread.

Coffee drinks such as espresso, cappuccino, frappe and lattes are also available.

Cakes Plus specializes in custom-order cakes of all varieties and for any occasion. Torres, along with her son Mario, bakes and decorates cakes tailored to their customer's wishes.

Nina Torres said it's not unusual for a bride to reserve a date over a year in advance in order to secure a spot for custom wedding cake.

"We don't do mass production," said Nina Torres. "When we are booked, sorry, but we are booked."

Cakes Plus is located at 9612 W Linebaugh Ave. and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The store is closed on Mondays. To get more information, visit cakesplustampa.com, or call (813) 475-6938.

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Cakes Plus expands to Westchase area 10/21/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 5:07pm]
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