About LadyCakes

Co-owner Bess Charles began decorating cakes at home when her children were small. What started as a creative outlet quickly turned into a passion. As family and friends began ordering cakes prepared in her at-home kitchen, Bess quickly learned and grew as a skilled cake decorator. She continued to practice and explore cake decorating, and it wasn’t long before she realized this would turn into a way to make some extra money on the side. “My first cake was a train wreck,” Bess Charles, Co-Owner, says. “But what better way to learn than to fail.” She failed and failed at first, but persistent to get better, she kept pushing further. Soon, customers who weren’t family called, and the orders flooded in. “Before I knew it, I was having people call that were referred by friends of friends and started to get much busier than I ever expected.”  

One night, when husband and Co-Owner Jeff came home from his job as a restaurant manager – it was evident that the cakes had overtaken their quiet home. Without much convincing, Bess asked Jeff, “Do you think we can do this?” without hesitation, Jeff answered, “Absolutely, let’s do it.” For months, the couple was jobless, pouring all of their savings into the original 936 SQFT space on Del Prado Blvd – LadyCakes Bakery was born. In 2014, LadyCakes Bakery opened its doors officially and began the journey in a storefront location. The LadyCakes family Bakery in Cape Coral quickly grew into a critical staple in the baking and wedding cake industry in SWFL, providing custom cakes in Cape Coral and all of the SWFL Area. We began and are not living the “American Dream.”

Since 2014, LadyCakes has expanded three times. LadyCakes Bakery even created a second location before COVID hit, but unfortunately, that was short-lived. LadyCakes wedding cakes are now included within wedding packages sold at several Top Wedding Venues in the SWFL Area, including Pink Shell Beach Resort, Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, Casa Ybel Resort, and Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa, to name a few. LadyCakes delivers fantastic cake creations from Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda to Marco Island and Naples. LadyCakes has been named 1 of the Top 10 Bakeries in the State of Florida, along with being recognized as Best of SWFL, Best of Cape Coral, and Best of Fort Myers for several years in a row.  


Owners Bess and Jeff Charles remain in the bakery daily to create alongside their skilled team and can’t wait to help you with your next event.

Bess currently sits on the board of several local non-profit organizations, including, Our Mother’s Home and Better Together.  Bess additionally owned and dedicates her free time to helping other business owners in their business journey as a Business Coach and Speaker, as owner of Illuminate Consulting Solutions.  With over a decade of experience, Bess loves to speak to groups of all sizes about a wide variety of business topics including: “The Truth about Business”, “The Importance of Leadership”, “10 Things I Wish I Knew About Business”,  “Discovering Your Why” and many others.

In 2019, Bess wrote her first Children’s Book called “The Adventures of LadyCakes: Kindness is Sweet” which can be purchased on Amazon, Walmart.com, Target.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  The Adventures of LadyCakes is a seriest that was created with local SWFL Illustrator Robert Ahrens of Cape Coral, FL.  For any book signing and/or appearance scheduling, please contact LadyCakes Bakery directly, at the link below.

Meet The Team

Bess Charles: Co-Head Honcho

Cake Whisperer, Renowned Cake Designer, Author, Heiress, Wife, Daughter and Mother

Jeff Charles: Co-Head Honcho

Baker, Supreme Culinarian, Jefe, El Presidente, Delivery Expert, Husband and Father

Deborah Taylor: Production Lead

Buttercream Master, Jefe Coordinator, The Head Donna, Cake Assassin, Cake Tamer, Wife and Mother.

Lindsay Garrison: Office Manager

North Fort Native, Cowboys fan, Office Soothsayer, Methodized Vixen, Biological Sagacious Woman, Lindz, Customer Service Numen, Wife, Mother, Powerhouse

Alisha Fernandez: Cake Decorator

Felicia, Cake Newbie, Cake Stylist, Buttercream Handicrafter, Satirical Chic, Dog Lover, Wife, Daughter, Mother.