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Ph.D-serts & Cakes will cater to your every cake wish to make your show-stopping sweets for all of your life’s celebrations!  We work with each client to match flavors and cake designs to each individual.  Are you a traditionalist and want a round white cake with white Swiss dots?  Or are you fun and funky, wanting a pink and lime green topsy turvy cake?  Either way, we can help you create the cake of your dreams!

All cake prices start at $6.00 per serving.*  We do not charge extra for fondant because we will use whatever medium works best with your cake design. Our cake prices include your choice of cake flavors and fillings, the necessary disposable supports, and delivery & set-up within 20 miles or 30 minutes of our location.  Delivery outside this range is subject to delivery fees, calculated using the government mileage rate and a $50.00 hourly service fee.  Please contact us for deliveries via airplane.  Any other additional charges are based on time spent working on your cake and will be estimated during the designing of your cake.

Each cake tier is composed of 2 layers of cake separated by 1 layer of filling.  Depending on your cake design, you may be able to choose multiple cake flavor & filling combinations for no additional charge.  We frost all of our cakes with an outer layer of buttercream.  If your cake design requires fondant, the fondant will be added on the outside of the buttercream frosting.

Cupcake prices start at $4.00 per cupcake,* which includes your choice of cupcake flavor and a buttercream swirl on top. Cupcake fillings or detailed decorations will incur additional fees. In addition, there is a minimum order of 12 cupcakes per flavor.

*Please note a minimum $300 order is required.

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The Yummy Part

Cake Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Marbled Vanilla & Chocolate, White Almond, Chocolate Almond, Red Velvet, Spice, Lemon, Orange, Strawberry

Fillings: Buttercream, Raspberry Buttercream, Strawbery Buttercream, Chocolate Buttercream, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cream Cheese, Chocolate Fudge, Guava, Banana Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, Lemon Cream, Cookies ‘n Cream



Can you ship cakes?

Sorry, decorated cakes are too fragile and cannot be shipped.  We will hand-deliver a cake anywhere in Florida – and beyond! Delivery fees by car are calculated using the national mileage rate plus an hourly service fee.  For exact delivery costs via car or plane, please contact us at (813) 344-6974 or

In addition, we can ship our decorated cookies nationwide!

How far in advance should I order a cake?

For some weekends, we may book months ahead of time so the sooner you reserve your date, the better.  We limit the number of cakes we take per weekend so it is never too early to reserve your date. We require a minimum of 2 weeks for all wedding cakes and 1 week for all party cakes.

 How do I order a cake?

The most efficient way to discuss your cake order is to first email us at with the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Event location and time
  • Event theme/occasion (birthday, bridal shower, wedding, etc.)
  • Number of people the cake needs to serve
  • Your telephone number and email address
  • Ideas & description of cake you are thinking of (photos really help!)

Do you offer cake tastings?

Yes!  If we are able to do a cake for your event, then we will schedule an appointment for a cake consultation to discuss all the details of your event.  Our appointment times are flexible and we try to accommodate everyone so please contact us at to book your event and appointment.

At your cake tasting, we will bring at least 4 cake flavors and 3 filling flavors for you to try.  If you’d still like to try more in the future, we charge $10 for a single-layer 6-inch round sample cake with a dollop of filling on the side.

If my event is outside your delivery radius, can I pick up the cake or meet you somewhere to get it?

Yes, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule by arranging for you to personally pick up your cake or meet you somewhere within our delivery radius.  However, while we understand that people can be delayed by traffic and other unforeseen events, we are unable to wait more than 20 minutes at a meet-up location.  After 20 minutes has passed, we will either return with the cake and allow you to pick it up at our location or we will give you the option of paying $25 for each period of 20 minutes we must wait further.

 Do you offer kosher, gluten-free, and/or sugar-free cakes?

Unfortunately, we do not offer cakes & treats with these dietary restrictions.  Clients should also note that, while we will do our best to honor food allergies, our products are created in a kitchen that handles nuts, soy, and milk.

 Does your fondant taste good?

We think so!  When fondant is placed on a cake, it’s rolled into a smooth, thin sheet and placed on top of an outer buttercream frosting.  If not all of your guests like the fondant, they can just leave it on their plates, but they will still be able to enjoy the buttercream with the cake.  We use a high quality fondant that has a sweet, vanilla flavor that most people find delicious.  And, just to make sure you like it, we’ll cover one of the sample cakes at your cake consultation with fondant.

 Do you have a brochure?

We do not have a brochure.  Our website serves as the best source of information and a glimpse at our portfolio.  To view our entire portfolio, please contact us at to book a cake consultation.

 Do I have to choose one of the cakes pictured on your website?

Absolutely not!  The cakes pictured on our website are just our favorites so they’re just a small sampling of the cakes we’ve completed.  To view our full portfolio, book a cake consultation by contacting us at  We specialize in creating a custom cake for each client.  If you have a cake (or a few cakes) you like, show us a picture and we can either replicate it or tweak it to personalize it to you and your event.

 Can you make “fake tiers” to make my cake look bigger?

Yes!  We can add Styrofoam tiers to the bottom of your cake to make it look taller, but there are fees involved.  It takes just as much time to decorate a “fake tier” as it does a real one so we will charge you for the time & labor.  We can also discuss ideas for how to display your cake to make it appear larger.

 Do you serve the cake at my event?

No.  Your caterer or friends may be able to help you with serving the cake.  We deliver cakes at least 1 hour prior to the start of the event.  We leave the cake table photo-ready, meaning you will not have to worry about the cake at all!

 Are you hiring employees or interns?

At this time, we are not hiring for any positions.  However, as we expand and grow, this may change so please check back often.

Do you teach classes or do demonstrations?

Yes!  Melanie Judge, owner of Ph.D.-serts & Cakes, teaches both private and group parties.  For more information about booking a party and Melanie’s scheduled demonstrations, please visit our Classes/Events page.