Amazing & delicious custom-made cakes focused on intricate design and detail.
Our cupcakes are designed with the same attention to detail and design as our cakes! .
We deliver to the entire tri-state area!
I ordered my baby shower cake from Nicole. Not only did it look beautiful, it taste good as well. And it was very afforable. You dnt find all three with the other shops. Cant wait to order my baby 1st bday cake
Thank you for the amazing Bridal shower cake today! Everyone loved it! Was beautiful and was absolutely delicious !!!! Will definitely be recommending you to everyone :)
We bring your ideas to life in the form of a cake!
We use only the best quality ingredients, making sure our cakes not only look great, but taste great too!
A great tasting cake designed exclusively for you!
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Nicole “Coley” DeRosa, owner and executive cake artist of Cakes by Coley, was born and raised in Staten Island NY, the youngest of three sisters.
She was introduced to the idea of custom cakes in 2006 through TV shows like “Ace of Cakes” and “Food Network Challenge; “Before that I had never known cakes could be sculpted or made so elaborate in all the ways possible”, she states. With only the experience of baking her family’s desserts for holidays, she decided to take a Pastry & Baking course at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. She then took some basic cake decorating classes, and by 2008 she was starting an internship at a local custom cake shop to begin her hands-on training.
Always determined to prove herself, Nicole started Cakes by Coley only one year later in 2009 as a hobby from home at the age of 23 years old. “Coley is a nickname that was given to me by my sister when I was a baby, and it’s a name that I go by most of the time. I chose the name Cakes by Coley simply because I liked the sound of it.” By summer 2010, Coley had built an in-home cake studio and was able to leave her medical field day job. She had now become a full-time cake chef.
With her business beginning to blossom, and things going so well, no one could foresee the difficult days that lay ahead. The following year in 2011, Coley’s in-home cake studio was completely wiped out due to severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. Although hurt and discouraged, Nicole rebuilt her studio in 6 months’ time and got back to work.
Over the next 12 months, Coley continued to successfully develop, increasing her talents and list of clientele. Totally committed, it wasn’t uncommon for her to be baking and decorating cakes into the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately in late 2012, Cakes by Coley experienced another devastating loss when Hurricane Sandy destroyed everything along the coastal line of Staten Island and this time she not only lost her business, but her family lost their entire home as well.
Pretty shaken by the devastation (as was everyone) and with no place to work from, it seemed that Cakes by Coley may not survive the hurricane. Disappointed but grateful, Coley returned to her day job and focused on stabilizing her life post-Sandy. After spending the next few months apologizing and explaining her story to dedicated clients as their orders kept coming in, she received such an outpouring of support and well wishes for the future that Coley decided once again to rebuild.
Shortly thereafter, and almost as if it were divine intervention, Coley was made aware of a bakery in Brooklyn looking to offer space to a custom cake artist. Could this be? Was this opportunity real? This was an ideal solution to her dilemma and a sign she had made the right choice to start again.
In March 2013 Nicole formed a partnership with that Brooklyn bakery and Cakes by Coley was reborn. As it turns out, that bakery happened to be the famous Zagat rated Aunt Butchie's, renowned for their signature desserts and baked goods. This new partnership was a recipe for success and since then, through steady hard work and dedication, she’s once again been able to weather the storm. Today the Cakes by Coley brand is more popular than ever [over 21K Facebook fans, averaging about 1K “likes” per photo].
Coley continues to conquer any adversity in order to deliver happiness to all of her clients. With unwavering dedication to excellence and a true passion for the work she does, Coley has proven she is here to stay, happy to make all of your special occasions that much sweeter!