THE first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking of Easter treats is chocolate eggs, but Kirsten Johnston is mixing it up a bit this year with her scrumptious Easter cupcakes.
Kirsten, who is a chef by trade, has been baking her sweet and colourful creations for years, taking them to family celebrations and parties for everyone to enjoy, each batch with its own special theme and decorations.
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago the 35-year-old decided to start selling her cupcakes at the Christmas markets in Emerald, where they proved so popular they sold out in less than an hour.
“The cupcake craze has been around for a while, but I was amazed at how popular they were,” Kirsten said.
With her life-long passion for cooking, Kirsten decided to create her own business, Pink Sugar Sweet Emporium, where she bakes and sells her delectable treats from her home to anyone interested in “wowing” their friends and family with something different.
“I don’t think you will ever replace the chocolate Easter egg, but they are great for taking to parties over the holidays,” Kirsten said.
“They are also a great alternative to store-bought stuff and I make everything completely from scratch.”
Kirsten said her cupcakes were also a good alternative for busy mums and dads who might not have time to bake and decorate goods themselves.
“People get sick of making that kind of thing,” Kirsten said.
“I have just always loved the baking side of things.”
Since being in the food industry for the past 15 years, Kirsten has taken her skills around Brisbane, to Hamilton Island and even to Antarctica, where she met her husband-to-be Shane.
Kirsten said she developed a love of creating beautiful cakes and sweets and that she would love to open her own shop in the future.
“I think there is definitely a hole in the market for things like that,” Kirsten said.
And her talent doesn’t stop at cupcakes, Kirsten also creates beautiful wedding and engagement cakes.
“I really like the function side of things like weddings,” she said.
Kirsten said she would also consider doing workshops for children down the track so they could learn how to create the delicious treats.
Her cupcakes come in chocolate and vanilla bean flavours, and Kirsten will even hand design your own personal requests to give that extra wow factor.
“One flavour that is really popular at the moment is Red Velvet cake,” Kirsten said.
“Any flavour you can make in a big cake, I can make in a small one.”
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