It all began back in 2009 when owner, Kristina Lavallee, followed her heart and started her own business. Every good recipe has a story- here is ours:
Since she was a young girl growing up in Puerto Rico she always had a passion for gourmet sweets. She would beg her parents to take her to the grocery store, just so she could see the cakes and baked goods. As a young girl she gained a lot of experience in the kitchen while working side by side with her mother, Margarita Perez, who is a Chef and caterer. Her mother taught her to cook with love and always use the highest quality of ingredients. Probably the best lesson she was taught as a child was to always do the right thing, give A+ customer service and treat people like family, which is the culture at The Cake Girl.
She moved to Orlando, FL when she was 15 years old and her passion continued. She graduated high school in 2005 and went on to continue her education at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management where she obtained two bachelor degrees in Hospitality Management and Food Service & Restaurant Management. After walking across the stage at UCF, armed with the highest quality of training and experience, she started working in the baking and pastry field. She has worked in small local bakeries, custom high-end bakeries, and also a wholesale bakery – which produced a high volume of baked goods for national chains. After gaining experience in these environments, she knew that she wanted to follow her dreams of having her own business. She got married and moved to Tampa, FL with her husband Kirby.
From the moment she settled down in Tampa she began attending farmers markets, special events, and corporate parties – all of which featured her delectable goodies. The support from the community was remarkable and The Cake Girl took the business on the road, with the addition of a dessert truck. Many miles later and thousands of cupcakes sold she followed her passion and opened her very first brick and mortar location in Tampa, FL in June 2019!
Kristina and Kirby are entrepreneurs and are focused on making The Cake Girl a national brand. Their motivation is and always has been to make people smile! When people try our delicious sweets they are happy and the memories they create are meaningful, that is why we exist! As our business grows, we always remember the people that helped and supported us along the way as well as our amazing team members that help us achieve our mission each and every day! Our core values of – Safety, Quality, Always Here, and Be the Best are the foundation of our growing business and will always be at the core of our company. That is our unique value proposition – we care about making more than just the dough 🙂 We care genuinely about not only delivering the best cakes and cupcakes on the market using the best ingredients and our award winning recipes, but giving back and serving others each and every day in our community.
Our fans are the reason we exist and we are grateful for your overwhelming support! We hope to see you soon!!
The Cake Girl is more than just a neighborhood bakery. It’s a place where quality products and community come together to make one of the best mixes of all, success!
Meet our leadership team behind the sweetness!
Our leadership team brings together their unique competencies and skills to develop and build our award winning team members.
“The Cake Girl”
Kristina heads up the overall operation and direction of The Cake Girl. From recipe development to creating delicious looking and tasting cakes and cupcakes, Kristina has her hands in the mix. Kristina works closely with her team of highly qualified bakers and cake decorators to bring your dreams to life! You can typically find Kristina decorating cakes, meeting with clients, and providing direction for the future operations of The Cake Girl. Kristina has appeared on every major news outlet in the Tampa area and is routinely called upon for special featured segments. You can connect with Kristina by sending her an email at Kristina@thecakegirl.com
Kirby Lavallee, M.A.
Chief Success Coach
Kirby is a master networker and heads up the brand development and corporate success team at The Cake Girl. Kirby’s direct role is to oversee the corporate direction and strategy for The Cake Girl. From attending networking/community events, designing advertisements and social media content, managing our corporate success team, and working closely with our vendor partners – you can typically find Kirby at events around the Tampa Bay Area. You can connect with Kirby by sending him an email at Kirby@thecakegirl.com