Elite Cake Creations began as a little bakery in Cuba way back in 1921, so it's had nearly a century to perfect its cakes, desserts, and pastries. Today, Beatriz Otero continues the long family tradition started by her grandfather, using tried-and-true recipes that call for buttercream frosting and fondant with vanilla-, chocolate-, and marble-cake bases. Beatriz can customize cakes to look like everything from a flame-painted speedboat to a bucket of cold Coronas. She extends this art form to cupcakes and push-pop cakes. She also relishes the opportunity to craft cakes for special occasions, constructing eight-layer wedding cakes, birthday cakes shaped like wrapped gifts, and 50th anniversary cakes made of solid gold.