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Updated: Apr 20, 2020

I’m excited to publish my first blog post. I wanted to talk about how Platinum Cake Designs got started, but I realized I didn’t introduce myself.

Owner and Cake Artist Nevia D. Giles
Owner and Cake Artist Chef Nevia D. Giles

Hi y’all I’m Chef Nevia. I realized that I hadn’t introduced myself to y’all. So here it goes: I’m the owner and cake artist of Platinum Cake Designs (PCD). PCD's Background

PCD is located in a cake studio just outside Atlanta. In case you aren’t familiar with us, we create artisanal, unique, custom-designed cakes that taste absolutely delicious. We

like to say that we’re making desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat.

My Journey

I made a total career change and started PCD in 2015. I first fell in love with baking as a child. My mom is an excellent cook and baker. She encouraged all her kids to get involved in the kitchen at an early age. My mom’s theory was that you have to eat, so you might as well learn how to do it and why not make it taste good too. And the legacy continues with the next generation...my niece Morgan. My older brother introduced her to cooking at a young age too.

My niece holding her great grandmother's cake which is an ombre buttercream cake with gold accents and large bright pink flower.
Morgan at 10 holding her great grandma's birthday cake

Squirrel (Total Side Note)

When my niece Morgan was about 4 years old, my sister and I invited her to join us in the kitchen to bake a cake. Since she was so small, we got her a stool so she could reach the counter. And because she was so young, we measured all the ingredients, but she got to pour them in the bowl and mix them around. When we got to the eggs, she said, “I want to smash the eggs”. (Eyebrow raised). I didn’t like that verb, so I told her I would crack the eggs, but she could mix it around. Fast forward a few days, and Morgan was in the kitchen helping Grandpa Alan (my dad) make pancakes. When it came to the eggs she said the same thing. Unfortunately, Grandpa wasn’t as alarmed as a I was with the word y ‘smashed’. So in true 4-year old fashion, she smashed the eggs. Yolk, whites, and shells oh my. My poor dad fished out as many egg shells as he could. Unfortunately, a few slipped passed. I teased my my dad that he was acting like an amateur parent. Lol To say the least my niece has dramatically improved in the kitchen. She even helped decorate the cake pictured.

Back on the Journey

Back to my story..I gained an interest in decorating when my mom brought home a clown topper she made in a Wilton cake decorating class. That clown really made an impression on me. Ok, not the clown below, but I thought the commercial was cute.

The clown cake in the commercial above was created by Anna Astashkina of Astashkina's Cakes in Chicago. To check out more of her work, click here.

On My 1st Path

I continued baking in college at Boston University where I studied Business Administration. I remember baking a cake in the dark dingy basement of my brownstone for one of my friend’s birthdays. I even managed to squeeze in a few culinary classes before I graduated, but those classes were geared toward more classic desserts and plating...not decorated cakes. Def not my style. I continued to bake after leaving college. I baked a variety of desserts for my family, coworkers, and friends. And I even sold a few cakes, pies, and desserts (one was named sexual chocolate-it was de-lish).

Teddy Graham cake for my cousin's 5th birthday
Teddy Graham beach party cake for my cousin’s 5th birthday circa 2003

Then I got the opportunity to make my sister’s wedding cake (She asked me to make her cake, right before I was going to ask her. Lol). I had about a year to figure out how to make a cleanly decorated cake. I had made many decorated cakes before, but I had never made a wedding cake, or a cake to feed 100 people, or Italian meringue buttercream or....Let’s just say there were a lot of firsts with this cake. The success I felt from creating this cake, made me seriously consider starting a business. Looking at this cake now, I know it’s not my best work, but I still love it. Even better...my sister and brother-in-law loved the cake too.

My sister's wedding cake which is mostly white with blue and orange decorations
My sister's wedding cake circa 2012

In 2014, I left my job as a software project manager and went to culinary school in New York. At the Institute of Culinary Education, I learned a lot, made a lot of friends, and just enjoyed NY (My best friend from college lives there and I have family there too). Not long after graduating, I went back home and started PCD. Yadda, yadda, yadda, and here we are today (Seinfeld reference for those who didn’t watch). Nice to meet y’all! Have a question or just want to say hi? Please drop a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in ordering a cake, fill out the Contact form and we’ll get back with you. In the meantime, check out the rest of our site to see our unique and beautiful cakes. We'd love for you to follow us on social and leave a comment. Thanks! #MakingMemoriesSweeter