Cop Creates Delicious cakes on the side

Bobby Simeone isn’t your usual Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy. It isn’t the fact that he served in the Navy for six years, has a pilot’s license or that is a family man with two sons and a wife, Vivian….

Bobby Simeone isn’t your usual Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy. It isn’t the fact that he served in the Navy for six years, has a pilot’s license or that is a family man with two sons and a wife, Vivian.

What’s unusual is the fact that he uses his free time to make some extra money as the owner of CopCakes. Yes, he makes those fancy fondant cakes that have become so popular over the years. The real surprise is that he is not classically trained and doesn’t have a background in art.

“I am self taught,” Simeone said. “It is all about trial and error. YouTube has been very useful. It has helped me figure out how to get the fondant just right; it has been a tedious process.”

So how did he get started?

“I had always liked to bake cakes for my two sons,” he said. “I also had been watching TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’ and had wanted to work with fondant.”

So his first project was a birthday cake for his 12-year-old son – an edible replica of an Xbox.

“I posted a picture of the cake on Facebook,” Simeone said. “Within a couple days people were asking me to make cakes. The first month I started out making cakes for free, but then I thought I could have a business here.”

Now he is averaging about three cakes a week. The average cake costs between $100 to $250 and feeds about 20 to 50 guests.

“Each cake can take anywhere from six to 12 hours to make,” he said.

Simeone said the process begins with an idea.

“Usually someone will let me know what the theme to their party is or what kind of cake they are looking for,” he said. “They also let me know how many people they need to feed. From there we bounce ideas back and forth. Within a week of the event I finalize the concept and begin.”

So what is the enjoyment he gets from making these cakes?

“I like the challenge,” he said. “I like hearing people’s ideas and seeing if I can create it.”

The other part is seeing the client’s face when he creates their cake.

“My enjoyment comes from the wow factor,” he said. “I like seeing and hearing what they think when they get their cake.”

As far as design goes – he says his Dunkin’ Donuts cakes and sheriff’s deputy hat cakes have become popular.

“But, I am ready to design anything new,” he said.

Visit CopCakes’ Facebook page at FaceBook.com/cop.cakes.3 to check out pictures of some of Simone’s cakes or visit MyCopCakes.com.

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