1. Fendi Resort 2015
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    Chocolate coated cookies
    "I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.”

     

  2. Mani Monday!
    Dotty nails
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    Dotty cake
    "With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars.”

     

  3. Opening Ceremony Spring 2015
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    Berry Smoothie
    "You’ve been hit by a smooth criminal…”

     

  4. Matthew Williamson Resort 2015 
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    Vanilla bean doughnuts
    "The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.”

     

  5. Sass and Bide Resort 2015
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    Berry layer cake
    "She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… Flowers are so inconsistent!

     

  6. It’s been a while between drinks, but today wvp Insiders is back! And we have been snoopin’ in the pantry and wardrobe of Melbourne sassiest baker… So, without any further ado, we give you… Miss Sticky Fingers Bakery herself, Hayley McKee! 

    Hi Hayley, tell us about yourself - who are you? what do you do?
    Hello I’m the woman behind Sticky Fingers Bakery, which is based out of Melbourne. I make delicious cakes for special events like weddings, big birthday bashes and fashion launches.

    The first ever Sticky Fingers Sweet Talk is coming up. It’s celebrating the edible garden - what’s the craziest garden goodie that has ended up in one of your cakes? Was it weird or wonderful?

    Sweet Talk is a workshop I’m running which celebrates the best of the edible garden in sweet baking. Guests will enjoy tastings and teachings, including special guest Natasha Grogan from The Sage Garden who specialises in instructing children, families and communities to grow their own organic fruit, herbs and vegetables. You should come!

    I’ve mixed my cake recipes with loads of different vegetables and I love playing around with these earthy flavours. My menu features pumpkin crumble, Beetroot and white chocolate, heirloom carrots and indigenous herbs. Edible flowers are another big love of mine to add as decorations or as a beautiful floral tone to tasty cakes. 

    Luckily I haven’t had any horror clashes yet! I’ve been reading up on a mashed potato cake though so maybe that’s my first train wreck. Stay tuned!

    Have you noticed any similarities in cake trends and fashion trends?

    There’s not been a massive correlation in trends but I’ve worked with a lot of fashion labels to interpret their designs into baked form, so there’s definitely an ability to link cakes to fashion design. Romance Was Born, Alice McCall and at a more street level, Dream Monstar, have all been clients. I recently had the chance to interpret an imperial costume into a cake for the Australian Ballet too. 

    Sometimes fashionable colours will make its way into commissions and over the years I’ve noticed a growing appreciation for humble, honest and real cake designs which I think is a reflection of lifestyle trends towards natural beauty and mindfulness.  

    We hear that cakes taste better when they’re baked to a great soundtrack - are there any tunes that guarantee baking success?
    Old soul is a tried and true companion in my kitchen. I remember reading about a real movement where farmers are playing classical music to their produce to encourage a bigger crop. I think the same can be said about baking! The more tuneful the kitchen, the heartier the sponge.

    Boozey chocolate or chocolate booze?
    Boozey chocolate

    Denim or lace?
    Denim. Denim AND lace? Dolly Parton. 

    Whose wardrobe, living or dead, would you most like to raid?
    Bridget Bardot

    Most regrettable dish you’ve ever made?
    When I was a kid I wanted to cook a fancy dinner for my folks. It was a disaster. I followed a recipe but bought an Indonesian spice called garam masala instead of sweet marsala wine and used tonnes of it so everything was really grainy and mismatched for a French dish. I also used frozen shrimp and cheddar cheese and pretty much microwaved the whole thing.

    Most regrettable outfit you’ve ever worn?
    I wore some pretty shocking PVC numbers when I was 18 and going through a punk, industrial music phase. My horror memory is a NYE that involved bold striped tights, wedge boots, a corseted dress and GIANT crimped hair. Everything was all contorted and out of proportion. 

    Thanks Hayley, and you would totally rock giant crimped hair.. xx

     

  7. Acne sequined shirt and Gasoline Glamour sunglasses
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    Rainbow cake
    "She’s like a rainbow
    Coming, colors in the air
    Oh, everywhere
    She comes in colors
    Have you seen her dressed in blue?

     

  8. David Bowie Shirt
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    Space cookies
    "This is Ground Control to Major Tom
    You’ve really made the grade
    And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear…”

     

  9. Michael Kors Resort 2015
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    Ube ice cream
    ”Indigo has a purifying, stabilizing, cleansing effect when fear, repression, and obsessions have disturbed your mental body. Indigo food vibrations are: blackberries, blue plums, blueberries, purple brocoli, beetroot, and purple grapes.”

     

  10. Apres Ski 2014
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    Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour
    Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink”