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Kakes by Karen, LLC

Naples , FL
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LOCATION

1030 Collier Center Way , Suite #5
Naples, FL 34110 US (map)

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239-514-2567

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ABOUT US

Kakes by Karen, LLC / Copyright 2004




1030 Collier Center Way #5 Naples, FL 34110 Business: (239) 514-2567
Business (Open by appointment only):
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Kakes by Karen, LLC / Copyright 2004




1030 Collier Center Way #5 Naples, FL 34110 Business: (239) 514-2567
Business (Open by appointment only):



kakesbykaren@earthlink.net


(Due to the amount of e-mails we are handling daily, please allow 72 hours for a response)



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"Winner of Cake Central's 2006 Wedding Competition"

"Voted 2008 Best of Gulfshore Life"

"2009 Bride's Choice Award from Wedding Wire"

"2010 & 2011 Wedding Wire Rated"

"Silver Medal - FOOD NETWORK Cake Challenge"

"2011 Chosen 1 of 24 BEST CAKE DESIGNERS in the USA-By Bride's Magazine"





Welcome to Our "Kake Boutique",

Where Baking and Design Come Together...



Kakes by Karen, established in 2004, was started by Karen M. Vazquez with the help of her husband, Ricardo, and their family. The company is located off Old 41 inside North Collier Industrial Park in North Naples, FL.

"We pride ourselves in making hand elaborated, custom-made cakes that are never frozen nor refrigerated, providing our customers a promise of freshness."

We specialize in baking and designing cakes for every special occasion that are decorated in high quality, glycerin free, delicious rolled fondant.

Each cake is designed separately, working with the client, using only fresh ingredients to ensure quality. Some of our designs have been influenced and inspired by techniques learned from international chefs, as well as various judges and Food Network Cake Challenge winners. Both traditional and contemporary techniques are used to accomplish your dream cake.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you do not find what you are looking for in this website...We also work in a variety of flavors not displayed here.

Thank you for your visit and...

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INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cupcakes, Groom's Cake
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Pickup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Lactose Free
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
No
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes
Do you offer private tastings or open house tastings?
Yes. Tastings at our "kake boutique" are complimentary.
What are your tasting hours?
By appointment only, as we bake everything fresh :-).
Describe how you price, such as by slice or by tier, for your cakes?
We price our cakes by the slice, beginning at $5.50 each.
Do you offer custom cakes, or do you work with pre-designed styles?
We love working on custom cakes and welcome ideas :-)
What (if any) special ingredients, such as fresh fruits or farm-fresh butter, do you use in your cakes?
All of our ingredients are purchased fresh at the beginning of each week. We work with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and carrots. Our cakes have no milk for those who are lactose intolerance. Our recipes are done from scratch.
On average, how far in advance of the event do you prepare the cake?
We prepare every cake the evening prior the wedding. All of our cakes undergo a separate moistening process with our "secret sauce" :-).
How many cakes do you schedule for a typical weekend?
On average we can accommodate five weddings a weekend but try to do no more than seven.
Will you work with the client's florist to garnish the cake?
Definitely. I was a bride myself so I try to be very accommodating. If your florist is placing the flowers on the cake please let us know in advance so that we can work together with them in making sure no pesticides go into your cake.
What (if any) cake accessories, such as a cake stand or cake cutter, do you rent out?
We rent cake stands and can assist you in finding Letter Monograms and Cupcake Stands.
Do you offer delivery? If yes, how much is your average delivery fee?
We do offer delivery. Price varies depending on the distance. Please call for quote.

REVIEWS

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Boricua_Bride
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Waiting to visit her shop this January for the cake tasting. Update: 1/18 Went for my cake tasting today, OH MY .....I highly recommend Karen, she takes all the time of the world to take care of you, to listen and explain all the details about the cake. $385 including delivery. Project Wedding vendor reviews | Wedding Dresses, Wedding Songs, Wedding Ideas, Bridal Shower Second runner up in the Food Network Challenge High School reunion.
Waiting to visit her shop this January for the cake tasting. Update: 1/18 Went for my cake tasting today, OH MY .....I Read more...
Waiting to visit her shop this January for the cake tasting. Update: 1/18 Went for my cake tasting today, OH MY .....I highly recommend Karen, she takes all the time of the world to take care of you, to listen and explain all the details about the cake. $385 including delivery. Project Wedding vendor reviews | Wedding Dresses, Wedding Songs, Wedding Ideas, Bridal Shower Second runner up in the Food Network Challenge High School reunion. Read less
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Maite
Wedding:
7/19/2015
4.8/5.0
We met with Karen and her staff for our cake tasting and immediately knew that we wouldn't want any other baker to make our wedding cake! Karen and Courtney are the sweetest individuals that anyone could ever meet, and Karen and Alma's expertise shines through their beautiful creations. The flavors were all amazing, but their coconut cake was my favorite. Absolutely delicious!! We can't wait to see and taste our final product on our wedding day!
We met with Karen and her staff for our cake tasting and immediately knew that we wouldn't want any other baker to make Read more...
We met with Karen and her staff for our cake tasting and immediately knew that we wouldn't want any other baker to make our wedding cake! Karen and Courtney are the sweetest individuals that anyone could ever meet, and Karen and Alma's expertise shines through their beautiful creations. The flavors were all amazing, but their coconut cake was my favorite. Absolutely delicious!! We can't wait to see and taste our final product on our wedding day! Read less
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Kakes by Karen, LLC responded with the following comments:

Dear Maite,

We cannot wait to work with you! Looking forward to your wedding day! XOXO

Ps - Coconut is my favorite cake too!
Pps - Thank you for recently adding a Groom's Cake to your order.
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Private User
Wedding:
5/15/2015
0.2/5.0
Do not work with this vendor. The baker is arrogant and rude. She told me she didn't want to work with me because I questioned them when they gave me two different prices for the same cake! I was given a quote over email but never given a professional document binding the agreed upon cake and price. I called and left messages on their voicemail box because it is not common to reach an actual person at the store. Then I emailed them asking for the next steps to move forward... an invoice or quote? That is when I was informed of their new pricing and new office manager. Never once was I told that the quote they gave me was only good for 48 hours otherwise I would have asked for documentation that day! Never did I expect that when I asked the new employee if maybe there was some misunderstanding (not being privy of my previous communication with the last office manager) that I would be told that I didn't trust them! I asked for clarity on pricing as I received these in previous emails: 1)"We have a minimum delivery to South Seas of $550.00, the delivery alone is $150.00 (which is 2 hours each way), the cake would be $400.00 which is $8.00 per slice for the cake." 2)"We do have a 50 slice option and that would be $550.00 with delivery included." 3)"Our minimum for a wedding cake is $550.00 dollars and does not include delivery fees." Taken directly from an email from Karen: "As you will understand, it is very hard for us to begin a relationship with a customer who does not trust our quoting system." "Having explained this, it seems to us that we are not the right match for your budget, and we fully understand if this is the case." She went on to provide me with other bakers contact information. If you do decide to work with this vendor get documentation for all communication because it will likely fluctuate (per Karen: "this is due to recent price increase in dairy"). Also, I advise you to never question if they tell you conflicting information! Unbelievable!
Do not work with this vendor. The baker is arrogant and rude. She told me she didn't want to work with me because I Read more...
Do not work with this vendor. The baker is arrogant and rude. She told me she didn't want to work with me because I questioned them when they gave me two different prices for the same cake! I was given a quote over email but never given a professional document binding the agreed upon cake and price. I called and left messages on their voicemail box because it is not common to reach an actual person at the store. Then I emailed them asking for the next steps to move forward... an invoice or quote? That is when I was informed of their new pricing and new office manager. Never once was I told that the quote they gave me was only good for 48 hours otherwise I would have asked for documentation that day! Never did I expect that when I asked the new employee if maybe there was some misunderstanding (not being privy of my previous communication with the last office manager) that I would be told that I didn't trust them! I asked for clarity on pricing as I received these in previous emails: 1)"We have a minimum delivery to South Seas of $550.00, the delivery alone is $150.00 (which is 2 hours each way), the cake would be $400.00 which is $8.00 per slice for the cake." 2)"We do have a 50 slice option and that would be $550.00 with delivery included." 3)"Our minimum for a wedding cake is $550.00 dollars and does not include delivery fees." Taken directly from an email from Karen: "As you will understand, it is very hard for us to begin a relationship with a customer who does not trust our quoting system." "Having explained this, it seems to us that we are not the right match for your budget, and we fully understand if this is the case." She went on to provide me with other bakers contact information. If you do decide to work with this vendor get documentation for all communication because it will likely fluctuate (per Karen: "this is due to recent price increase in dairy"). Also, I advise you to never question if they tell you conflicting information! Unbelievable! Read less
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Kakes by Karen, LLC responded with the following comments:

(NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS: This review is for a wedding we DECLINED due to unavailability of her wedding day and lack of correspondence with customer)


Dear Shera,

We are so sorry that you felt this way. We tried working with you and explained everything thoroughly, in a respectful manner. After we provided you with our basic quote, we did not hear from you for over 5 months. By this time: the prices on goods had changed (our vendors revise their list twice a year, during Winter and Summer); your design choices had gotten more intricate (from a basic cake to a pleated, ombre cake - which we were unable to price match as you had asked if we could do), and your wedding day was no longer available as we were booked at another property.

We do wish we could have been able to work with you, but unfortunately things just did'nt work out. Nevertheless, we respect your opinion and wish you all the best! You are getting married at a wonderful venue, and I know you will have a great time!

We send many blessings for much health, laughter, prosperity, and a lifetime of love, and wish you all a wonderful wedding day.

Kindly,
Karen V. & Staff
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Brittany
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I contacted Kakes by Karen by Karen less than a month out from our wedding. Courtney was such pleasure to work with. We didn't want/need a traditional cake since we were having desserts, so I sent them an inspiration image of an anchor cake to fall in line with our nautical theme. What they delivered was beyond anything I expected. It was absolutely perfect - and delicious! We didn't do a tasting since we were from out of state, but the cake was amazing. I would absolutely hire them again in a heartbeat.
I contacted Kakes by Karen by Karen less than a month out from our wedding. Courtney was such pleasure to work with. We Read more...
I contacted Kakes by Karen by Karen less than a month out from our wedding. Courtney was such pleasure to work with. We didn't want/need a traditional cake since we were having desserts, so I sent them an inspiration image of an anchor cake to fall in line with our nautical theme. What they delivered was beyond anything I expected. It was absolutely perfect - and delicious! We didn't do a tasting since we were from out of state, but the cake was amazing. I would absolutely hire them again in a heartbeat. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Karen makes the most moist and delicious cakes! We had 5 different kinds of cake, cupcakes with different fillings and icings and they all were so delicious! Mmm is all I have to say! She's the best and we had such a great time at our cake tasting too!
Karen makes the most moist and delicious cakes! We had 5 different kinds of cake, cupcakes with different fillings and Read more...
Karen makes the most moist and delicious cakes! We had 5 different kinds of cake, cupcakes with different fillings and icings and they all were so delicious! Mmm is all I have to say! She's the best and we had such a great time at our cake tasting too! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
3/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding cake was included in our package from Kakes by Karen. I was afraid that this would make them not care as much about my cake. But I was wrong, they were so great to work with and the simple, yet elegant cake I had envisioned came to life at my wedding and it was beautiful and delicious! The cake tasting is so fun too! Highly recommend, she can do anything you invasion from simplistic to extravagant!
Our wedding cake was included in our package from Kakes by Karen. I was afraid that this would make them not care as much Read more...
Our wedding cake was included in our package from Kakes by Karen. I was afraid that this would make them not care as much about my cake. But I was wrong, they were so great to work with and the simple, yet elegant cake I had envisioned came to life at my wedding and it was beautiful and delicious! The cake tasting is so fun too! Highly recommend, she can do anything you invasion from simplistic to extravagant! Read less
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Gretchen
Wedding:
2/21/2015
4.9/5.0
Karen and her team were awesome! Our wedding cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. Karen is exceptionally professional, talented, patient and flexible. We are beyond thrilled we went with Kakes for our wedding and we couldn't recommend them more!
Karen and her team were awesome! Our wedding cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. Karen is exceptionally Read more...
Karen and her team were awesome! Our wedding cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. Karen is exceptionally professional, talented, patient and flexible. We are beyond thrilled we went with Kakes for our wedding and we couldn't recommend them more! Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
2/20/2015
5.0/5.0
It was so way to work with Karen and Courtney and they really listened to all of my wants and needs. Our cake was beautiful and tasted delicious. The almond amaretto was incredible! Kakes by Karen is awesome!
It was so way to work with Karen and Courtney and they really listened to all of my wants and needs. Our cake was Read more...
It was so way to work with Karen and Courtney and they really listened to all of my wants and needs. Our cake was beautiful and tasted delicious. The almond amaretto was incredible! Kakes by Karen is awesome! Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Karen, Courtney and Alma are by the far, the sweetest and most talented bakers around. Karen's artistic ability is unparalleled and the flavors were amazing. Thank you all for making our DELICIOUS wedding cake!
Karen, Courtney and Alma are by the far, the sweetest and most talented bakers around. Karen's artistic ability is Read more...
Karen, Courtney and Alma are by the far, the sweetest and most talented bakers around. Karen's artistic ability is unparalleled and the flavors were amazing. Thank you all for making our DELICIOUS wedding cake! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We got married in SW FL but planned our entire wedding from Chicago - Karen and her colleagues worked with us patiently until we agreed on a sketch of a design, and then the finished product that arrived on our wedding day was an absolute piece of art. We were so amazed and impressed.
We got married in SW FL but planned our entire wedding from Chicago - Karen and her colleagues worked with us patiently Read more...
We got married in SW FL but planned our entire wedding from Chicago - Karen and her colleagues worked with us patiently until we agreed on a sketch of a design, and then the finished product that arrived on our wedding day was an absolute piece of art. We were so amazed and impressed. Read less
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Caryn
Wedding:
12/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow my husband and I absolutely LOVED our gorgeous cake from Kakes by Karen! It was JUST what we pictured if not even more beautiful. We had to choose our cake from a distance as we are located in Orlando but got married in Marco Island. We selected a few photos and sent to Karen and her team and they then drew up some gorgeous cakes. We would highly recommend them to anyone getting married in the Marco Island area!!!!!! The cake was not only beautiful but so delicious!
Wow my husband and I absolutely LOVED our gorgeous cake from Kakes by Karen! It was JUST what we pictured if not even more Read more...
Wow my husband and I absolutely LOVED our gorgeous cake from Kakes by Karen! It was JUST what we pictured if not even more beautiful. We had to choose our cake from a distance as we are located in Orlando but got married in Marco Island. We selected a few photos and sent to Karen and her team and they then drew up some gorgeous cakes. We would highly recommend them to anyone getting married in the Marco Island area!!!!!! The cake was not only beautiful but so delicious! Read less
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