FLINT TWP. — Carol Lillieberg really takes the cake. Her incredibly realistic custom cakes are more like edible works of art.
“ We sculpt cakes, we don’t just do bakery cakes,’’ said Lillieberg of herself and four employees at Customized Cakes who have made cakes shaped like purses, shoes, golf bags, barns, newborns, animals, slot machines and much more.
“ We are going to be doing our first standing human at the end of the month,’’ Lillieberg said of a pending order. “ We can do anything you can imagine.’’ Imaginations are fully indulged here.
“ We did a lady’s hat that looked like her hat. She brought it in and wanted it reproduced,’’ Lillieberg said.
A lot of women have ordered replicas of their favorite designer purse and men’s and women’s shoes are also a popular request.
One man planned to wear his favorite suit for his birthday and wanted the suit duplicated in a matching cake.
For a party last weekend with a gangster theme, Customized Cakes created three cakes — a briefcase stuffed with money, a Derby hat and an ice bucket and bottle of champagne.
“ We just did a tooth and a toothbrush for a dentist’s office,’’ Lillieberg said.
She’s baked cakes for more than 40 years, working out of her home until this year.
Encouraged by a friend who declared her cakes “too wonderful to be kept a secret,’’ Lillieberg opened a storefront earlier this year and held a ribbon-cutting last week assisted by the Swartz Creek Chamber of Commerce.
“ We want people to know that we are here and offer a lot of great items,’’ Lillieberg said.
Located at 2113 S. Linden Rd. in the Lincor Plaza just south of Corunna Road, the full-service shop also offers regular cakes and tempting sweet treats including chocolate suckers, cake pops, cookies and cheesecake.
Customized Cakes supplies all occasions from weddings to graduations and birthdays to baby showers.
Lillieberg did not have any of her sculpted creations on hand at the ribbon-cutting because orders are baked fresh for weekend deliveries. But she did have on display a teapot with matching cups sculpted in chocolate.
The walls of the shop are decorated with photos of some of her work and of children enjoying a mouth-smearing treat as only children can.
Photo albums show off pages and pages of custom-created cake art. Cake drawings are displayed to help spark imaginations.
Lillieberg said she takes classes all the time but is a natural artist. She first became interested as a child because of her aunts who were cake decorators.
Lillieberg said they need two to three weeks advanced notice to fill a custom cake order but sometimes can fill a lastminute request.
“ We stay very busy,’’ she said of the demand for their one-of-a-kind creations. She can be reached at (810) 230-6400.