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Adorable, elegant, creative and charming. Stacie Berman’s custom cake, cookie, cupcake and cake-bite creations cover pretty much any base her clients want and the results are always spectacular.

From the time her bubbie, Ann Goodman, and mother, Laurie Winston, let her help them in the kitchen, particularly with their young protegee’s favorite chocolate-banana cake and strudel, Berman knew she had inherited the baking buzz. Years later, a favorite teacher at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills taught her how to properly frost a cake in home-ec class.

“That’s where I made my first shaped cake, a dog,” Berman remembers.

Baking remained a fulfilling and therapeutic hobby while Berman taught elementary school and then when her own children were born. Dusting off her spatulas for her girls’ birthdays, Berman received rave reviews from friends and family with a turtle-shaped cake and cupcakes for her daughter Sloane’s first birthday, and again for daughter Morgan’s ladybug birthday cake.

But it wasn’t until she went out with a group of girlfriends — providing the cake, of course: a sculptural confection in the shape of a birthday present, wrapped with gently curved fondant ribbon — that the accolades began to convince her she might be on to something.

flower cake photoTwo years ago, Berman debuted Slo-Mo Cakes and Cookies (named after daughters Sloane, 5, and Morgan, 4), out of her home kitchen in Commerce.  “I printed up some business cards, started a Facebook page and website, and with the help of great friends and family, my name has gotten out there,” says Berman.

Specializing in tiered and carved, shaped cakes, Berman has become a local favorite for kids’ and adult birthday parties, engagement parties, showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and more.

With an audience grown accustomed to being wowed by specialty cakes and cookies on TV baking shows and plenty of local competition, Berman sets herself apart by meeting with clients, working together to create a plan and finding a creative way to deliver exactly what they want.

“I love being creative and using a lot of different techniques. But overall, I like my cakes to look clean and neat,” says Berman, which is why she uses a lot of smooth and pliable hand-cut fondant and gum paste, which is like an edible, sugary Play-Dough.

father's day 2011-06-19_15-25-55_596What she delivers are detailed, stylized works of art. A shoebox cake stands beside a white chocolate Christian Louboutin shoe with glimmering, edible beads; a jewelry box cake brims with handmade sugar jewels; a graduation cake serving more than 100 people is a life-sized replica of the graduate’s own prized electric guitar, replete with fondant-covered silver-thread strings; and a princess-pink castle honored a birthday girl with turrets topped with conical spires, a drawbridge entrance and pretty little extras.

Berman also applies her imagination to cookies — favorites for party favors: She has created Pinkalicious cupcake-shaped cookies, sports themed, pink owls, bride and groom and more, as well as cake bites, in flavors ranging from Butterfinger and Oreo to pecan.

At the end of the party, however, guests will remember one thing: How did it taste? “I’ve paid a lot of money for custom cakes that were gorgeous, but the kids actually wouldn’t eat it,” says loyal client Renea Spiegel of her sons Ari, 3, and Max, 4. “Now, my kids say, ‘I want a Stacie cake.’”

For more information, visit slomocakes.com or call (248) 690-6630.

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