Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June Market

Had yet another fun market day with Peek! Sweets on Sunday at the North Melbourne market, as well as Pleasure, Little Treasure, and the darling Odd One Out.

One of the great things that have come up from doing these markets are the friendships I've made that have been slowly growing over the last couple months. These market girls are such a riot, and it really makes the time speed past when you're oohing and aahing over each other's wares, or cracking jokes. Such a fun bunch!

Anyhoos, here're a couple pictures from the market...enjoy!

My Vintage Vanilla cupcakes - how pretty and ladylike are they?!

 Gorgeous Anne from Pleasure, Little Treasure showing off my Missy Mao Mao apron.

 Our little setup - 'twas rather squishy since we had a smaller table this time

 SO...we've got: 
Cake pops (red velvet, chocolate fudge, peanut)
Apple bikkies
Gingerbread people

(red velvet, vintage vanilla & vintage chocolate, carrot cake)

(chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, cookies n' cream)

 Apple bikkies with an attitude.
(I infused apple tisane and cinnamon into the batter and icing - YUMMO!)

 We also sold babycup samplers, which really takes the guesswork out of choosing :)

 Peek-a-licious! Don't you just love those rainbow colours?!

A very satisfied customer

Don't forget, our next market's on July 10, at the Southside Handmade and Vintage Market,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adrienne the Explorer

Over the last weekend I had the pleasure of creating a customised Dora the Explorer cake for a darling little girl.

Her name's Adrienne. She is the most adorable googlygigglytinylittleballofenergy. And always very well-dressed, I might add, thanks to her very stylish mum (a good friend of mine). Yes, us fashonistas must stick together, no? Myself and the three-year-old... ;p

While I wasn't quite brave enough to attempt making a 3D model of Dora, the 2D version still came out rather nicely.

 The words were painted on with food colouring, 
although the brushwork needs to be worked on LOL...

I had plenty of help from my very handsome and handy hubby (alliteration!), who did the heavy lifting:

He came up with the very brilliant idea of "cartoon grass", which he helped cut out and I stuck onto the sides of the cake:

We also made cake pops for the party, and yes, once again superhero hubby made the stand! We used ribbon and a styrofoam cone which you can buy from any craft store:

Flavours were Red Velvet with white chocolate coating, and Choc Fudge with pink coating & dark chocolate drizzle. YUMMO! Cakes were mixed with cream cheese frosting, then *lovingly* dipped.

 As you can see, the Birthday Girl really liked her pink pop!

 Feeding frenzy!

Inside the cake: Red Velvet, dark chocolate ganache, Choc Fudge cake.
Completely demolished...the natives were hungry!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Well, after a few blips and bothers I've decided to switch over to Blogger because a) I'm more familiar with its format, and b) Wordpress was just way too confusing! For a luddite like me, technology has its inherent obstacles (ooh, what does this doodad do? *click* ARGH all my pictures are gone!! The ones that took me an hour to upload), when all I really want to do is skip right to the writing and connecting with people! YOU!

If you're interested, you can find my other posts here.

Anyways, onto the fun part. CAKES!!

Over the last year I've been quite fortunate to rekindle a dormant passion for baking. I've always loved to bake, mostly as a hobbyist, and I have to admit, all of the recipes were chocolate ones, although there were some forays into pies and tarts and such that involved citrus fruit. Few and far between though! ;p

I'd have to say the most memorable baking session I had was with a housemate back in Uni days, where I shared an apartment with 3 other (clean, Phew!) boys. Being an erstwhile baker, and a rather proper rule-follower, I knew that recipes had to be followed to a T(easpoon). But my co-chef came from the Jamie Oliver school of thought - ie. "bit 'o this, dash of that, muddle it all together and bob's your uncle, eh? Pukka meal!" and decided a teaspoon of salt wasn't just a teaspoon, no, it could afford more salt couldn't it, how about a half-handful, I'm sure it'll be fine!


Yes, I think I've learnt my lesson.

Over the last year, I had the opportunity to learn from and inherit some cupcake recipes from a very talented baker who wanted to return to teaching, and after a few hits and misses (and plenty of tears), I started supplying to Guava Bean cafes in Melbourne CBD and Southbank. Then a good friend of mine asked if I would bake her son's first birthday cake based on a design she'd seen online and it just took off from there!

I realised then that what I really enjoyed, beyond baking, was decorating! Cake decorating to be exact, and so this year I set up the Bakeshoppe, threw my name into the hat for the North Melbourne market, and voila! We're in business!

Speaking of which, I'm pretty excited about our North Melbourne Market with Peek! Sweets this Sunday! If you want to check out some excellent vintage finds (I've bought heaps fact I think I spend more than I earn on these market days!), great knick-knacks and pressies, it's a one-stop shop!

I have to say, I love these markets. It's one thing to bake and put all your heart and soul into creating something darling and delicious, but quite another to see someone eat it, and have the pleasure of savouring your creations. And I get to watch (ok, voyeur in me, I know!) But I love interacting with people, and dressing up for each event, it's all part of the package, no?

See you all on Sunday! (Lithuanian Club, Errol St, 10-3pm. Listen out for the musical stylings of Charles J. Tan busking outside.)