Tell us about yourself? I was born and raised on our family farm in beautiful Whakatane, Bay Of Plenty. I live here with my husband and we are currently awaiting the arrival of our first baby very soon.
How did you get into cake making? On leaving school i attended Waikato Polytechnic where I qualified as a chef. I’ve been a chef for the past ten years in cafes and restaurants and have always loved the sweeter side of things with the culinary arts.
After many months, if not years dreaming of having my own cake business, I decided to bite the bullet, combining my two passions of illustration and love of baking, making a career out of it.
Whats your favourite part about your job? The favourite part of my job is simply being able to complete a cake which ultimately fulfils my clients request beyond what they imagined and seeing their pure excitement and joy with their cake.
Whats your favourite flavour of cake? My favourite cake flavour would have to be my mums huge classic home made sponge with fruit jam and freshly whipped cream.
Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from many things, from other cake artists, blogs, florists, illustration photography and design. I’m a huge animal lover so my favourite subject naturally is to paint is animal and bird life.
Tell us more about the hand painted cake making process?
The hand painted process has roughly five phases to it:
- Re searching and finalising the design or subject matter of the painting with the client.
- Weighing out and baking the desired cake(s) of choice.
- Splitting, filling and covering the cakes with buttercream then covering the cake(s) with fondant making sure it has the perfect surface to start painting.
- The painting stage of the chosen subject matter which can take hours to complete.
- Boxing and securing the cake art safely for delivery to the client.
What are you doing when you’re not making cakes? My husband and I like to make the most of the getting outside amongst the outdoors, we like to get out and about as much as we can whether its mountain biking, fishing or hanging at our local beach in Ohope.
Where can we see more of your work? You can see more of my work through Social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
My brother is the bow hunting editor for the NZ Outdoor Hunting Magazine and I supply artwork for his writing piece every issue which consists of sketches of different game animals each issue.