Confection Perfection At Rhapsody Cakes
Walking into Rhapsody Cakes, a bakery tucked away in a small shopping center in Centerport, one may feel they just entered a small art studio. Situated in a small, studio-style room, owner Lisa Magrane meticulously practices her craft—baking, molding and painting cakes all while paying attention to the slightest details that make each and every custom cake an authentic, inspired creation.
Opening shop just one and a half years ago, Magrane’s business—and cakes—have blossomed, sometimes as tall as four stories high, into a destination, designer cake shop. In a short period of time Magrane’s decorative flair has caught the eye of celebrities, having the first anniversary cake of ABC Network’s “Live! With Kelly and Michael” debut on the television show.
“A lot of what we’re known for is the neatness of our cakes and for the artistic quality. The precision is the hard part, but this is decorating and I like to be very creative. Baking is an exact science – it’s a very exact recipe and structure to baking – but decorating is the fun part,” Magrane said.
On her most recent resume of elaborately exquisite cakes is a sandcastle cake; a carousel cake; a Louis Vuitton bag cake; and even an abstract, tennis racket-guitar cake combination one father ordered as a way to symbolically fuse together two of his son’s most adored passions.
“The part that’s really fun is delivering the cakes and seeing people’s reactions. People are so happy; they love them,” the owner said.
According to Magrane, the devil is in the details, and the owner and her staff of two spend countless hours perfecting every single facet of a customer’s cake—whether basic or elaborately over-the-top.
The confectionary artist grew up in Huntington, graduated from Walt Whitman High School and attended the School of Visual Arts. The current Northport resident then went into tech web-design but craved a stronger presence in art, a field where she could better express her creativity.
Magrane said she found a niche in Rhapsody Cakes where designers “Feed your hungry imagination!” in a similar fashion that an artist or writer channels their own creativity, by being able to take someone else’s vision, milestone or story and turn it into a piece of art – an edible one at that.
Most custom cakes should be ordered two weeks prior to the event or cake “unveiling,” while other simpler cakes kept in house can usually be picked up on any given day. To be safe, Magrane suggests all customers call in advance regardless of their needs.
After the holiday season winds down, Magrance will offer cake-decorating classes for both children and adults during the month of January.
“Being able to make colorful, funky designs are satisfying. With every cake comes a new challenge every time. We’re growing slowly, and that’s the way to do it,” Magrane said.
And a small business that offers doorstep delivery straight to your home — for the time, in New York or New Jersey — is certainly, for Magrane, a step in the right direction.
2 Little Neck Road, Centerport