Miss Biscuit, Yarraville.
Miss Biscuit is Julia.
And Julia is Miss Biscuit.
But the Yarraville baker is a whole lot more – her day gig is as a speech pathologist and she’s mum, along with her husband, to kids aged 13 and nine.
Yet there’s no doubt she’s loving the “other” role she is forging for herself as creator of beautiful, intricately decorated biscuits.
What started as a hobby became a business in November last year.
“As I gave them to people, they started asking, ‘Can I buy some?’ – and I’ve just been taking it from there,” she says.
The timelines between family life, making batches of dough and the icing of biscuits tend to be on the cramped side, but Julia is enjoying every challenge her new gig is throwing her way – even if the business if far from being, as yet, a prolific money generator.
“I love it,” she proclaims with enthusiasm. “I love making and icing the biscuits, dealing with customers – all of it.”
The football jumper biscuits will be on sale at Flemington market on Sunday, May 26.
There’s little profit, Julia says, in wholesale, so that’s mainly a matter of exposure. Most of her sales come from online.
Unsurprisingly, much of those are sales are generated by kids’ activities or parties, but she has also supplied goodies for anniversaries and weddings.
The biscuit bases are created from a simple dough of butter, flour, vanilla, eggs and baking powder.
The dough aspect of her 200 or so biscuits a week is cheap and quick – it’s the icing process that’s more pricey and time-consuming.
She uses standard food colourings in her icing, having found the more “natural” products simply don’t have the vividness required.
She says it’s not an issue for almost all of her customers.
Incredibly, given the intricacy of her biscuit designs and aside from some skill as a gardener, Julia makes no great claims to being the “creative sort”.
“I can’t draw a circle!” she says with a laugh.
She does use a projector to help with some of her designs.
Meanwhile, you can bet Bennie and I will be springing some cash to try Julia’s forthcoming Jake and Finn Adventure Time biscuits!