A pop-up cake shop just opened on Palm Beach and it is sweet


One of the hottest cake designers in South Florida has officially opened a “pop up” in Palm Beach. Janderyn Makris of Earth and Sugar joins the new eclectic stream of businesses at The Royal Poinciana Plaza.  

Makris, whose supremely Instagram-able designs have caught the eye of Brides magazine and national wedding bloggers, opened her shop on December 19 and plans to operate into May. At “The Royal,” as the flourishing plaza is known, she joins newcomers Celis ProduceVirginia Philip wine shop, Assouline books, St. Frank luxury retailer and other upscale shops.  

The West Palm-grown cake designer knows the island well. A chunk of her clientele is either from Palm Beach or somehow connected to it.  

“I’m a little nervous,” Makris said during an interview before Thanksgiving at her jewel-box confectionary on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. But by the way she says this it’s clear she means she’s excited at the pop-up opportunity.  

The pop-up, she says, is a chance to explore her retail options. Her Dixie Corridor bakery has no retail component. So, outside of weddings or other exclusive events, the pop-up will offer the public a glance at and taste of Earth and Sugar confections. Makris says she will offer cakelets, macarons and other small treats, along with coffee and other soft beverages.  

The classic qualities of Earth and Sugar cakes? Made with organic ingredients, they’re dense enough to stand up to sheaths of flawlessly smooth Italian buttercream. They’re lighter in sweetness than what one might expect. And the buttercream, itself a mission of many steps to create, often encases unexpected flavors, such as banana-Nutella or chocolate-salted caramel. 

Makris, a 34-year-old self-taught baker, opened her Dixie Highway bakery one year ago. It serves as headquarters for a business that makes high-end cakes and pastry goods for more than 300 events a year, most of them in Miami and Palm Beach. Earth and Sugar does this with a fulltime staff of four, plus two freelance bakers. 

“The people I have are more skilled than I am. I learn from them,” says Makris, who worked at a political strategy firm before taking a leap into the world of baking in 2008. She began in her then 700-square-foot apartment, baking wholesale muffins, cakes and cupcakes to upscale department-store cafés across South Florida.  

But it is Makris’ eye for clean, delicately finished, almost vintage cake designs that inspired Earth and Sugar, which in turn has inspired an Instagram following nearly 29K-strong

The business name that popped into her head during a wee-hour baking session at home, back when her daughter Sabrina, now 8, was an infant on her lap and well before her son Ethan, now 6, was born.  

“I worked really hard. It’s crazy to think of what we have now. There were times when people said, ‘It will never work.’ I wondered the same thing, but just kept working,” says Makris.  

That’s no surprise to longtime friend and occasional collaborator Susie Canino.  

“Janderyn’s drive and ethics are inspirational. She built a successful and well-known business in a few short years,” says the Wellington-based Canino, a wedding and events photographer who has known Makris for more than 13 years.  

Canino says Makris’ clients are drawn to Earth and Sugar’s “clean and organic style” and the designer’s ability to produce “the simplest of naked cakes” to the more elaborate design.  

The photographer has traced her friend’s artistic endeavors as the cake designer continues to attend industry workshops, including one with nationally acclaimed cake artist Maggie Austin, a ballerina-turned-cake designer based in Washington D.C.  

Makris says she searches constantly for those “unreachable examples of what one wants to be” as a creative businesswoman.  

Born in New York, Makris was brought to Florida by her parents – her Peruvian father and Dominican mother – when she was 11. It was growing up in greater West Palm Beach that inspires many of her business decisions, she says.  

“I’m devoted to this area. It was my dream to have a shop here on Dixie. This is me,” she says. “Growing up, I would hang out at Havana. I got married at St. Juliana. This is my hometown.”  


Earth and Sugar

  • The Royal, at 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach  
  • Confectionary headquarters at 5505 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-735-1796


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