Crafty cook is keen to learn from cake guru
FLIPPING through pages of the Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbook to select a special birthday cake for herself was where the love of baking started for Heidi Dahlenburg.
A local resident for seven years, Heidi started her own home business specialising in cake sculpture last year as a unique venture.
"I've always had a bit of a background in art, and love being creative," she said.
She started baking decorated cookies under the name Pimp My Cookie, and then after a few requests, ventured into making cakes for special occasions, alongside a new business name, Picakeso.
The name fits, as Heidi explains the sometimes eight-hour process of creating the masterpieces.
"The cakes are built, carved and painted to make look real," Heidi said.
"Sometimes I'm up until about 4am in the morning."
The stay at home mum enjoys the creativity she gets to explore as she sculpts many of her creations, while her three young children love the taste-testing.
"They sneak out at night time while I'm baking," Heidi said.
"They like to stand there and watch me."
The enthusiastic cake sculpturer said she plans to go to more art classes this year to perfect her painting, and will travel to Sydney to a Planet Cakes course run by Margie Carter.
"Margie's the 3D sculpturer... she's magnificent. I'm going down to do a couple of her courses," Heidi said.
She's hoping to learn a few new tricks of the trade for Emerald cake enthusiasts to marvel at.
"I love being creative. I love seeing the final result and the look on people's faces when you give them their cake," Heidi said.
"That's the best part."
To check out Heidi's creative cakes, visit her Facebook page, Picakeso. The Picasso of Cake.