Did someone say cake? Nedra Moore has been perfecting her craft baking and decorating from her Alabaster home for the past six years, and now you can find her creations at her new bakery on Main Street in Calera. “I was looking for a location to teach baking, and I had to have all industrial commercial equipment,” she says of her journey. “After seeing the possibility of what I could do and how we could impact the community much more, I decided to go ahead and do it.” We chatted with her about Creations Galore & Moore as it was preparing for an August opening.
How did you get into baking?
I came from a networking engineering background and started doing cakes for close family members and friends as a hobby in my spare time. It grew by word of mouth from there. Up until now I have been a registered home baker in Alabaster for going on six years full time.
Can you tell us more about your cakes?
I specialize in custom cakes for weddings, birthdays and baby showers. I am always really inspired by random things like nature or a piece of artwork, and details have always been very important for me especially since I have a coding background. I love cakes that are challenging. Once I made a life-size 3D Spider Man cake that took six days, 18 hours a day to make for a birthday party. I love working with edible florals and making flowers to look life-like.
You use fondant for your cake artistry, right?
All my cakes are covered in fondant, but it’s all homemade. So it tastes more like marshmallows and doesn’t get too hard. All my cakes are filled with their choice of icing and then covered with white chocolate ganache and then layered with my fondant. It keeps the integrity of the cake intact without sacrificing flavor or the look.
How did you land on the Calera location?
Calera kind of found me. I was looking around for space, and a lady who owned one of the buildings I was looking at suggested Calera. I love those historic buildings on Main Street, and I found one I absolutely loved. Back in the day it used to be an alley, and the mural on the exterior brick wall at Tomlin General Store is now our interior wall. The space was formerly the Baxley Real Estate office, and we have extended the building out about 20 additional feet to double the space. There will be a courtyard in the back with seating too. The inside will be really modern and sleek and clean. My colors are grey, white and teal.
What else will the bakery offer?
We’ll have chocolate covered Oreos, Rice Krispy treats, cupcakes and cakes, cinnamon rolls, pound cakes and cheesecakes, and we’ll have peanut butter, chocolate chip, rocky road and oatmeal raisin cookies. Waffle splits are homemade waffles topped with brown sugar and buttered bananas with Blue Bell ice cream, strawberries and almonds. The peanut butter chocolate delight cake jar layers chocolate cake with peanut butter icing and is topped with Reese pieces and Reese’s cups. The banana pudding cake jar layers banana cake with cream cheese icing and pudding.