Q: How long does it take to ice a cookie?
It depends on your experience and the decorating technique. Cookie rookies will take about 15-20 minutes to ice their first cookie. Many techniques require cookies to be set aside to dry slightly before continuing to the next step. Complex cookies with individually piped decorations can take up to 30 minutes to create.
Q: Can you bake gluten-free cookies?
Yes but if you are a coeliac and allergic to gluten, I would not recommend ordering bakes from here. My kitchen is at home and while every care is taken to thoroughly wash and sanitise surfaces and equipment, traces of gluten are likely to exist due to shared equipment. Please note that there is a surcharge for products made with gluten-free flour.
Q: Can I pick up my order?
Yes however pick up is by appointment only as I work from home. My business hours are set by the City of Stirling: 9:30am-4:30pm Monday to Saturday. Terms and Conditions apply.
Q: Can kids of any age decorate cookies?
Kids need fine motor skills to be able to handle the complexity of cookie decorating. They need a steady hand and strength for sustained piping. They need to understand personal hygiene (e.g. you have to use a spoon, not your hands, to scoop sprinkles onto your cookie). They also need to be able to concentrate on a task for extended periods of time. My recommendation is eight years or older.
Q: Do you give discounts?
Home baking is a labour of love. It will never make me rich but it makes me happy. Think about whether you would be happy if your employer asked if they could reduce your pay by 10%. What would you say?
Q: When did you decide to turn your hobby into your business?
I recall a ‘wow’ moment around 2013 when I ordered a birthday cake from a colleague who baked on the side. I was impressed by what she made and I think that was what sparked the interest. It took a lot of practice, many failures and then my husband working away from home in 2018 to eventually become addicted to baking. I never thought I was good enough to make a living from it. I always kept comparing myself to others and that was my biggest obstacle. I also made excuses about my local council regulations being too onerous. Then in 2019, I entered the Perth Royal Show ‘Biscuits – Decorated” competition and I received a high commendation. That was endorsement I needed to make the leap.
Q: Are there particular people who have inspired you?
Other than my mum and grand-mere, I was inspired, taught by and continue to learn from Jean-Pierre Viellat at Sweet Artist Academy, Miss Biscuit, Branka at My Mama Bakes, Jemma at Cupcake Jemma, Amberley at Sweet Ambs, John at Preppy Kitchen, Craftsy, Janelle at This Dark Cherry and the team at Cake Tinz’n’Things. There are numerous others but not enough hours in the day to list all of them. There is a quote by Anna Wintour which reflects my journey to become a home baker “You are driven by your heart, by your talent and you’re driven by your instinct. And if you start to look at what people are doing to the left of you or to the right of you, you are going to lose clarity of thought. Own your decisions and own who are without apology.”