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Creative Confections: Coccadotts Cake Shop

By Elisha Neubauer

As a child, Rachel Cocca helped out in her family's bakeries - and dreamed of opening her own. Today, you can step into her pink-striped shop in Myrtle Beach and take away a decadent cupcake or order a fanciful cake for a special occasion.

Creativity runs wild at Coccadotts- even in the name, which emerged from the joining of Cocca's maiden name with her husband's last name: Dott. After hyphenating the last names and becoming Rachel Cocca-Dott, she realized the name seemed like a perfect fit for her whimsical cake shop.

Although Coccadotts offers a variety of tasty bakery desserts, cakes and cupcakes are the stars here. Cocca-Dott has built up a cupcake roster of forty distinctive flavors - from Pineapple Upside Down to Strawberries & Champagne - as well as list of ten cake flavors. The Orange Cream cake is made with fresh orange juice; the popular Carrot Cake is made with freshly grated carrots. Cakes can be purchased right from the case in the shop or custom-ordered. Cocca-Dott tells us that the shop handles over 300 cake orders a week for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and weddings.

"Our brides and grooms are very special to us," says Cocca-Dott. "We know their wedding day can be hectic, so we help make the experience of choosing their wedding cake easy and stress free." The couple-to-be can schedule wedding consultant meetings who will give them one-on-one attention, making sure they get exactly what they're dreaming of. Coccadotts can design cakes to match any theme, color scheme, or floral arrangement.

"Something that's really special about our samples is that we don't require the couples to eat them in the shop," says Cocca-Dott. "They can take the sample home with them to taste on their own time." Coccadotts encourages couples to have a "tasting party" with their friends to make the process of choosing a cake even more fun. Whatever flavor they settle on, it's doubtful that they can go wrong.

"When the couple decides on what they want, we create a contract with them so we have all of the details for their custom cake," Cocca-Dott explains. "It's a guarantee that they are going to get the exact cake they want, and we promise them that their cake will be a show-stopper. The customer has the opportunity to build their own cake from beginning to end," says Cocca-Dott. "A lot of shops around here don't let them do that and that's what makes us different."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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