Inspirational Australian Cake Artists

3D Novelty Cake Artists

There are so many very talented cakes makers out there in the world, and I thought I might write a blog post sharing some of the amazing local Australian cake artists that inspire me. I then realised there’s possibly too many of them to fit onto the one blog post, so I will instead start a series of inspirational cake artists based on themes. In this post, I will share five of my favourite 3D Novelty Cake Artists (in no particular order, and definitely does not contain all of the amazing 3D novelty cake artists that inspire me, I just know that I have to draw the line somewhere 🙂 ).

1. Verusca Walker

I had seen her name come up in Facebook groups but admit I did not really start following her work until I saw her present a demo at a Cake Open Day in Canberra. During the demo she showed us how to create a cake that looked like a hat on a hat stand. You know when someone is a skilled SME (Subject Matter Expert) when they can present something so effortlessly like it’s just a walk in the park (but I know in my heart that I would be in struggle-town if I attempted something quite that complicated lol).

Source: https://veruscawalker.com/pages/about

If you were looking to have a go at recreating some of her elaborate cake creations, Verusca has written the book Structured Cakes that explains the ins and outs of creating structures in order to create some of these wonderful cake creations. You can buy an E-Book version (AU$49.50) or printed version (AU$60 + P&H). She also shares some FREE tutorials via her YouTube channel.

2. ButterSweet Lane Cakes

Margarita popped onto the scene in late 2017 and her 3D novelty cake creations are absolutely amazing! I am always blown away whenever I see one of her creations come up on my Facebook feed as they are always so fun and well executed.

As you can see above from her 2019 Top 9 on Insta, she creates a variety of sweet treats, from cupcakes, through to buttercream cakes and onto 3D novelty cakes – she really is a Jack of All Trades and a true master of them all! If you were looking to order a cake from her, she operates in the Kellyville Ridge area in Sydney. She also occasionally runs cake classes as well, so stay tuned to her website if you were wanting to learn from her.

3. Cherry On Top Cakes

I remember my first interactions with Ashini through a Facebook cake group, simply put, she is just such a lovely person 🙂 I’ve also been following her caking journey, and have witnessed her creations come in leaps and bounds in such a short timeframe – it has been a joy and inspiration to watch. I think she really hit the spotlight when she created the firefighter cake (below) – a monumental cake capturing the essence of the devastating bushfires that hit Australia during the 2019 summer.

If you were in the Wodonga area in Victoria and want to get a one-of-a-kind cake masterpiece, look no further than Ashini @ Cherry On Top Cakes. You won’t be disappointed!

4. Inspired Cakes – by Amy

Amy shot onto the caking scene less than a handful of years ago and took the Australian caking world by storm – and it’s not hard to see why! Her handcrafted 3D cakes are simply works of art that are flawlessly executed. I think it takes a lot talent to be able to pull off even simple anti-gravity cakes, but she takes it to a whole new level by sculpting even complex shapes to perfection.

She’s taken home a multitude of awards in the cake industry and continues to inspire swathes of people. You’ll see her partaking in all kinds of cake shows around Australia, and continues to take custom cake orders, so if you’re in the Bowral, NSW area and looking for a mind-blowing cake, then Amy is your gal!

For those cake makers feeling inspired to learn from her, you can find online tutorials on her website starting from AU$29.95. She also offers workshops for those in the area that wants a more in-person lesson.

5. A Little Nonsense Cakes

I first saw Dale’s creations from within a Facebook cake group I’m in, and wowee her stuff blows me away! Every one of her cake creations are simply immaculate – perfectly sharp edges, airbrushed shading on point, and I simply love how she incorporates lights in her cakes for the added extra WOW factor! Seriously, you wouldn’t even know some of her creations were cakes!

Source: http://www.alittlenonsense.com.au/gallery.html

If you head to her website’s gallery of celebration cakes, you’ll see for yourself why I am raving about her work and it will prove to you just how crazy-talented this lady is! If you live in the Kelmscott area in WA, and were looking for a cake with massive WOW factor, don’t look past Dale @ A Little Nonsense Cakes.

BONUS: Elegant Slice

OK so I thought I had better include at least one option for a 3D Novelty Cake Artist from the Canberra region in this post – so BONUS ROUND! There are a number of super talented cake makers in the area, but of the ones that I follow, Elegant Slice takes my vote as most inspirational for me – possibly because he nails square cakes to perfection. It’s seriously cake p0rn…

Source: https://www.elegantslice.com.au/copy-of-wedding-cakes-1

He has also done a number of car cakes that are just stunning (something I have not been brave enough to try as yet – I admit, it feels daunting to me!)

Source: https://www.elegantslice.com.au/copy-of-other-cakes

He is a qualified pastry chef of 30 years and has worked in a number of establishments in Europe as well as Australia. If you are local to Canberra, you’ll find Elegant Slice based in the suburb of McKellar (although he also does offer delivery – just sayin’ 😉 ).

The Beginning of a Sweet Journey

At the beginning of this year I started a new day job which is the main reason why I have not resumed taking custom cake orders as I had originally anticipated I would. I wanted to give myself the time and energy to give 100% focus on my day job. While you wouldn’t think that making cakes would take a lot of time, it isn’t just the cakes that does, it is running the business. Answering SMS’s and calls, replying to Facebook messages and emails, providing quotes and customer service. I find myself getting home from work of a Friday afternoon and I am done. I use the weekend to recharge now, rather than staying up until at least midnight every night, trying to get business tasks done after my son goes to bed.

During this down time, it’s given me an opportunity to reflect on my business – where it started, and where it is going. I thought while I am not completely flat out, it might be fun to blog about my Sweet Journey thus far. Possibly it will only be me that reads back on these posts in the future, reminiscing of this wonderful time of my life where I was blessed enough to offer such Sweet Creations to the people of Canberra. While I am not currently selling custom cakes, I still see new followers and likers to my Facebook page – it is such a humbling and flattering feeling knowing there are people out there, even other baking businesses, that think my work and page is worthy enough to follow!

I thought I would share a few of my inspirations – particularly those that sparked my interest to explore more into cake making!

My Cupcake Addiction

I cashed in on an Aldi sale where they were selling piping kits for $12.99. I had no clue what I was doing with these tips, nor even knew a suitable recipe for buttercream, but I was willing to give it a go. I headed to YouTube and searched for a buttercream recipe and landed on Elise Strachan’s My Cupcake Addiction.

And it was from here that I started exploring her other videos and fell in love with the idea of cupcake and cake making – her work is so creative and she makes it achievable for everyone to follow with her step-by-step instructions.

How To Cake It

It didn’t take long before I wanted to pursue something a little more complicated – so I thought I would attempt to make a 3D BB8 cake for my son’s 3rd birthday. Off to Google I went to find a suitable tutorial, and stumbled across Yolanda Gampp’s How To Cake It.

Again, I continued to explore her other videos and woooow, she is so talented! And I really love her style in presenting the instructional videos – she has a wicked sense of humour and keeps it real.

Texas Cake House

I love love love watching cooking shows (SBS Food Network is one of my go-to’s), and on one occasion they had a theme month of cakes and bakes. Lo and behold, I was introduced to Texas Cake House. Oh. My. Lord. Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cakes is quite simply put – my cake idol.

It was actually through watching her make these stunning creations that I learned how to construct some of the cake structures that I’ve needed for some of my more elaborate 3D structured cakes. She is definitely in the category of cake artist, and a true inspiration that always leaves my jaw dropped with her cake creations.