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Special orders are Michelle Hulbert's specialty at Orlando bakery Michelle, Maker of Sweet Things

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German chocolate cake is my wife's all-time favorite dessert.

"No, it's Italian profiteroles," she yells to me from the couch while playing Clue on the Nintendo Switch. "German chocolate cake is my second-favorite dessert," she declares.

"OK, but you never demand I get you Italian profiteroles for your birthday!" I yell back.

Anyway, in previous years I've procured the chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting from various respected bakeries about town, but the best rendition, by far, has come courtesy of Michelle Hulbert, who runs her bakery Michelle, Maker of Sweet Things ( out of the Cuisiniers catering kitchen in Winter Park.

Hulbert, who served as pastry chef at K Restaurant for eight years, created a gorgeous four-layer cake enveloped by rich chocolate ganache and topped with a frosting fashioned from toasted pecans, coconut, brown sugar and a wee bit of rum. It was an absolute bloody showstopper of a cake. And it took my wife one week to finish.

She might've gotten some help.

(Michelle, Maker of Sweet Things, michellemakerof

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