Just desserts: the top 5 Instagrammers turning baking into an art
Let them eat cake
And if Instagram is good for one thing, it's uncovering the creative bakers putting Versailles' pastry chefs to shame. Across Australia, corporate-types-turned-cake makers are leaving their day jobs to find fame making the most insane sugar-laden creations we've ever seen.
We've done the hard work for you (trust us, it was tough) and uncovered the current crop of cake artists bringing Marie Antoinette's legacy to life. Just try sticking to that healthy eating plan.
1. Andy Bowdy Pastry, andybowdypastry.com
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Andy Bowdy is the 'pastry alter ego' of a guy called Andrew Bowden, the epicurean genius behind Newtown eatery Hartsyard's legendary Peanut Butter and Banana Sundae. In July he went rogue, leaving the restaurant to launch Andy Bowdy Pastry - so now you can get your cake fix direct from the source. Bowdy's bespoke creations are downright delicious: think toasted meringue, snickers bars and chocolate mousse atop fudgy cake. Bowdy sent tastebuds into overdrive yesterday with an Insta-teaser announcing a collab with Gelato Messina to create a 'limited edition seductive, soft serve sundae'. See you in line.
2. Cakes by Cliff, cakesbycliff.com
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Cakes by Cliff takes home baking to the next level. By day Clifford works the 9-to-5, but come evening and weekends he moonlights as a baked goods god. Combining his architectural training with a love of sweet treats, Clifford's creations are stunning structural gateaux of the highest order. He'll even draw up a sketch of your cake before bringing your sugar-laden dreams to life. Available in three sizes, flavours include chocolate fudge, vanilla butter, white chocolate caramel mud and red velvet filled with Swiss meringue butter cream. Homemade never looked so glam.
3. Katherine Sabbath, instagram.com/katherine_sabbath
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Queen of social media cakedom, Katherine Sabbath clocks in at a cool 170k followers. A high school teacher by day, Sabbath is another home cook turned cake master. Fantastically creative creations issue forth from Sabbath's kitchen - cakes resembling hamburgers, ice-cream cone-shaped cakes, lollipop cakes and multi-coloured, multi-tiered towering confections.
4. Nectar & Stone, nectarandstonemelbourne.com
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Nectar & Stone caters to Melbourne's style set. Comparatively minimalist but no less pretty, the pastel-coloured designer desserts adorn the most fashionable plates and Instagram feeds around town. Nectar & Stone's custom creations include perfectly formed meringues, handmade chocolates, heavenly macarons and of course, covetable cakes. Love.
5. Unbirthday Bakery, un-birthday.com
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The brains behind this bakery say they're 'baking cakes for birthday girls and guys'; we say, why can't every day be our birthday? Any excuse to indulge in Nikki's Lee's chic and cheeky concoctions. With names like The Hybrid Cake, The Hero Cake, The Cosmo Cake and Cake Island, these creations are the 2015 version of a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The signature Hybrid Cake comes in two delish flavours, Old School Vanilla and Choc Fudge, frosted with butter icing in eye-popping pinks, mint greens and purples, finished with fresh edible flowers and fruit. In a word: Yum.
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