Like so many in the US, the economic crisis hit home for Carolina and Fernando. Before the turmoil, they were both successful architects working at top firms in Miami. They never imagined they would both be out of work, at the same time. But, sadly, they were both let go due to downsizings in 2009.
Carolina knew that she had to re-invent herself and that was exactly what she did. After a day of watching her favorite shows on The Food Network, an idea dawned on her, "Why not fuse my architectural background, with my culinary skills and create captivating, edible pieces?" She brought her husband onboard and thus the next chapter of their lives began to be written. Unique Designer's Cake was born.
"Our cakes are an expression of who we are and our passion for creating pieces that are unique," says Carolina. "Because of our architectural backgrounds, our attention to detail is unseen in this industry. Our unique pieces are full of color, vibrancy and warmth; people are mesmerized by our Designs. This is the way we express how we live and the way we design every cake. There is no limit to what we can do," continued Carolina.
In 2013, Unique Designer's Cake opened its first showroom bakery in downtown Miami and in celebration of this milestone, will officially open with a Grand Celebration on Friday, March 15. "In our Unique edible, showroom you will find from a tower of handbags that defy the laws of gravity, to a three-dimensional jeep driven by animals," says Carolina.
Unique Designer's Cake has received many accolades and national awards and recognition for their creations. During a prestigious art fair in the US, Art Basel, the German artist Anselm Reyle, who is known for his shiny, fluorescent artworks, wanted to make a glow-in-the-dark cake and called upon Unique Designer's Cake. Unique produced a special formula, where the blue frosting glowed in the dark as a Tron character.
In 2012, Carolina was invited to participate in The Food Network's, Sugar Dome, with a complicated and intricate 6-hour cake challenge. For two consecutive years, they placed in the top ten finalists for the annual National Gingerbread Competition held in Asheville, North Carolina. This was announced live on Good Morning America, the ABC National Morning Show. They have also taken the grand prize in the best Gingerbread House in the annual Coral Gables Museum competition in Miami—three years running. In 2010, the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce selected Carolina as the winner of the "Best Dessert Menu" in Miami competition.