79 Anderson St, Yarraville. Phone: 9314 6776
Kristen Alston has been baking cakes professionally for 20 years and running her cake shop, Baked, in Carlisle St, Balaclava, for six years.
Living locally, though, she is making sure some of her work life lives here, too.
What she calls her “cake studio” has been open on Anderson St for about three weeks.
While there are some of your more prosaic take-home-and-eat cakes on hand, it’s clear the spectacular display cakes that are arrayed around the Anderson St showroom are what will capture the attention and inspire the delight of children and also adults of all ages.
Is it food or is it art? Is it both? Does it matter?
Kristen tells me that her customers by and large do eat their cakes, but some do attempt to let them hang around for as long as possible.
That is about six or seven months.
The outer, colourful shells will last a lot longer, even if they do become inedible, but the bases – mudcake – eventually start shrinking and collapsing.
Despite the advent of TV programs such as Ace Of Cakes, Kristen remains happily unaware of and unconcerned about awards or other competitive or glamourous aspects of her art that may be out there.
“I live in a bit of a bubble,” she says.
Your typical substantial three-dimensional cake clocks in at about $300 and will feed 30 people.
The weirdest order she’s ever taken was from, ahem, members of a fetish club and involved intertwined penises.
I reckon it’s very hard to go past the Spongebob number.
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