Some only dream of big cakes… others bake it happen.
It’s our birthday – and what’s the best part of any birthday? Cake.
To celebrate we were lucky enough to have seven clever bakers each whip up an exciting cakey creation, using their own distinctive style – and boy, did they impress!
So blow out the candles, make a wish, and find out how some of region’s best bakers got into their delicious line of work.
For Billie, Babycakes embodies everything she adores: sparkles, vibrant colours, and bling. Inspired by her mother’s one-time cake decorating job, Billie found herself surrounded by a collection of vintage cake decorating supplies at home. Notably, all of Billie’s cakes are gluten-free and vegan, and her favourite flavour is Earl Grey.
Procrasti-baking brought Breanne’s cake business Em & Skye to life in 2018. Operating from her parent’s kitchen in Karori, Breanne swears by her Agbay cake leveller and buttercream. While her signature style emphasises florals and minimalist design, she also likes to focus on flavour.
Aesthetic: Floral, minimalist, flawless, contemporary, and romantic.
Mother and daughter duo Natalie and Cate took over Cake Wellington after moving here from the UK. The first cake Natalie made was vanilla with rainbow layers for her daughter’s first birthday. Although she said it “didn’t look great,” it was lots of fun to make and sparked a passion that hasn’t stopped since.
Caleb had a growing interest in foraging, when his girlfriend requested a cake for her birthday decorated with foraged flowers. After a glowing review, he decided to start Caleb’s Cakes, a side hustle to his full-time job as a chef. He mainly makes layered cakes and cheesecakes.
Aesthetic: Bright, fresh, painterly, joyous, and playful.
With eight years of experience under her apron, Angel embarked on a cake-making journey driven by her love for Asian sweet treats. At Cream Cake Studio on Tory Street, Angel whips up fresh-cream chiffon cakes and Asian desserts. She hopes that her customers love her cakes as much as she enjoys making them.
Aesthetic: Light, fluffy, fresh, and (fairly) healthy.
Erin and Wendy combined their backgrounds in floristry and hospitality with their love of sweet treats to create Cake Haven. Baking from scratch in their Silverstream studio, they enjoy the thrill of bringing their customers’ visions to life – whether it’s for a birthday, wedding, or for the English Women’s Rugby World Cup team, who requested one of their cakes in 2022.