25/06/2018 – Jamaica Gleaner. / A lot of time is spent on fine-tuning the intricate details of a wedding. The perfect dress is needed, mind-blowing decor is a must, and memorable meals with vibrant entertainment is necessary to pull off a successful wedding. We never experience the same moment twice, so why not try to get it right the first time? For Alecia Blair Milford, her disappointment with her own wedding cake led to the inception of Ali’s Sweet Fantasy, which provides quality cakes that will match the vision for any occasion.
“My interest in cakes started at the head table during my wedding reception in 2009. I was very excited to see our cake unveiled, but became disappointed as the details I expected were absent,” explained Alecia. Both herself and her husband are keen on the arts and are professional graphic designers. This background allows them to be big on details and the quality of the artwork. “At that very moment I challenged myself to learn the craft,” she explained.
FINDING HER CALLING
During her training, Alecia realised that cake decorating was her calling. It provided a therapeutic outlet, which allowed her creativity to flow to its maximum potential. This sparked excitement, which allowed this new interest to develop into a passion.
“I became very passionate about the art of cake designing, baking and decorating,” said Alecia. She admitted that the skills she developed within her graphic design background came in handy. The desire to witness the joy and ultimate satisfaction on her clients’ faces is what drives her to produce high-quality and tasty work.
“Now, looking back, I can remember as a little girl sitting and drawing tiers of cakes – now a reality Ali’s Sweet Fantasy, tiers of sweetness,” said Alecia.
Ali’s Sweet Fantasy produces quality, custom-made cakes and baked products for weddings, parties and all other memorable occasions. The products are made to the highest standard from the very best fresh ingredients. Fondant, icings and baking are done from scratch, which gives each cake a personalised experience.
“My inspiration comes from a variety of sources,” she explained. She is constantly researching on how to build her craft since she decided to take the plunge to partake in something she is genuinely interested in and loves to do. “I observe pictures from international cake artists, cake blog posts, fashion magazines and also cake tutorials and my surroundings,” said Alecia.
Alecia‘s award-winning company is decorated with several achievements. At the 2018 Sweetart Bake Expo, she won three awards, which included People’s Choice Award for best-decorated cake. (KFC cake), first place (KFC cake) and second place (all-white wedding cake).
“I have invested time in my business because it gives me the latitude to tap into my creative ability. It is my passion and I love to make people happy. It is just an awesome feeling when clients see their cake for the first time and the excitement on their faces gives me a sense of fulfilment. It energises me to start creating another masterpiece for the next client,” she said.
Ali’s Sweet Fantasy is located in New Kingston. For more information contact 876-861-3583, or email: [email protected] . View @alissweetfantasy on Facebook or Instagram for more creations.