Foodie Guide: Steph’s Sweets Boutique

Stephanie Cudnik started baking at age 16, making cupcakes, and then began to create cakes and macarons. She also became known for her elaborately decorated sugar cookies.

“I’m from West Palm Beach. I moved to Ocala in 2008, where I met my wonderful husband. We have two boys and twin girls,” she shares. “Baking was a hobby until I became a stay-at-home mom.”

That’s when she took her hobby as a baker to a new level of artistry. She experimented with using an airbrush to apply edible paint to some of her popular cookies and macarons. The resulting “canvasses” were not only beautiful and delicate works of art, they were decidedly delicious.

Her macarons are a customer favorite, and rightly so, with flavors such as orange, lemon, white chocolate, peach Melba, rainbow sherbet and rocky road.

“I make French macarons, with almond flour and egg whites,” she notes, “not to be confused with macaroons, which are the coconut ones.”

She also creates scrumptious buttercream frosted cupcakes made from scratch, using fresh and local ingredients.

Cudnik also has been experimenting with fantastical decorations for her custom cupcakes, incorporating such touches as edible rice paper “sails” and funfetti sprinkles that shimmer and shine atop brightly colored buttercream frosting designs.

She enjoys dreaming up whimsical themes, such as her “taco” and “burger” macarons for Father’s Day.

The holidays are “just insane” for her, with Christmas and Valentine’s Day being especially busy with orders. So book early, as this inventive baker books up fast.

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