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I'm Maria and I am a self-proclaimed flour child...well, a sugar child really. My sweet tooth and my love of baking started as a very little girl. I have been creating custom cakes both professionally and personally for over 30 years. 


In 2012, I opened Sugar, Refined. We are a fully licensed, inspected and insured bake shop just outside of Gainesville, Florida.


Opening my brick and mortar shop was very important to me. Creating beautiful and delicious cakes is not just my passion, it's my career and it's my business. I'm not a home baker and your wedding cake is not my hobby. I'm all in. Are you? 

Maria Rizzo, owner of Sugar Refined Bake Shop
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Cake Love 

Are you open to creative design advice? Do you want your cake to be the WOW statement that guests see as soon as they enter the room? Is your cake important to you? I hope so, because it's SUPER important to me! 

If you want a baker to replicate a cake that's currently trending all over social, we might not be the shop for you. But if you want a stunning centerpiece, created with YOU in mind, a cake with your style, your vibe, and your vision...well, I like you already! Let's sit down over some cake and coffee and see if we're a good fit. 

As a wedding planner, Sugar Refined is my go-to and preferred bakery for all my couples needs. Their cakes are ALWAYS gorgeous, ALWAYS delicious, and ALWAYS a stress-free experience.  I know as a planner I never need to worry about them in any way and have no hesitation sending my couples straight to them. I cannot recommend them highly enough! 

Rachel Griffin, Masterpiece Weddings 

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