Mercedes Strachwsky

Mercedes Strachwsky is a self-taught cake designer. She was born in Popayan, Colombia and came to reside in the United States in 1980. She has been married to architect and pastry chef Alex Strachwsky for 37 years and has three children: Andy, David and Michael.

As a child Mercedes was always fascinated with art. Her love of nature inspired her to become very creative as a young girl. She discovered cakes when she ordered a birthday cake for her son and was not happy with the results. She began a hobby in cakes and it continued to grow. As she continued creating new ideas for cakes her passion grew into teaching. Mercedes is great with people and loves sharing her gift with others. This led to teaching locally and internationally sharing her passion with many. She was an active member for the organization ICES and in a 1995 committee meeting she was asked to create the state show cake for the 1997 ICES Convention.

Mercedes took on that challenge and worked on it for several months from her newly moved in home in Orlando. In 1997, the convention was to be held at the Contemporary Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. This show cake proved to be the best of the best. It was recognized as a work of art and was transferred to the Orlando Science Center to be displayed as a permanent exhibition. Today, many locals and children see the cake and see the beauty of Florida through it. The show cake was 9 feet in diameter and contained over 600 pounds of fondant. It was a true representation of the natural beauty of Florida and each section represented the endangered elements of her state.

In 2001, her husband’s dream of opening a small pastry shop coincided with Mercedes new passion. They opened up a shop called Bake Me A Cake Pastry Shop in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Still teaching on the side Mercedes and Alex spend many hours a week at the bakery. This husband and wife team work together. Alex is an international pastry chef and creates many varieties of fine desserts and bakes all the cakes that come out of the bakery. Mercedes and her team take each cake and decorate it with a fine attention to detail. It is this creativity and attention to detail that has placed her as one of the nations most recognized cake decorators.

In 2009, her son Michael thought it was time for the world to see her works of art. So, with that in mind he entered Mercedes in the most prestige wedding cake competition of the United States. On October 1, 2009 Mercedes drove up this massive cake to the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was announced as the Grand Prize Winner. Mercedes, who started and finished the cake in just a week, was known as the cake master. Kerry Vincent, show director said these fine words, "Nothing was left to chance," Vincent said. "Every detail was pretty much perfect, even to the embellishment on the edge of her cake board. Truly worthy of being in a museum.”

Mercedes credits her husband with much of her success. “He has always been my biggest supporter and critic,” Mercedes says.


Contact Info

  • Bake Me a Cake
  • 710 Orange Avenue.
    Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
  • Tel:(407) 830-9006

Family Owned and Operated

  • Bake Me A Cake is a family owned cake design studio recognized as one of the finest bakeries serving the Central Florida community today.
  • Established in 2001, Bake Me A Cake started with a passion for creating one of a kind cakes and cupcakes made to match your personality, style, creativity and imagination.

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