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Coasting : Issue 6 Dec 2009
10 central coast • new south wales By DAVID STEWART Julie takes the CAKE COASTING FOOD SIMPLE PLEASURES: Julie Wilson, of The Sweetest Things, says of baking: "Get the kids involved and don't worry about the mess." Pictures by Aaron Brown. COLOUR: A Mad Hatter-style cake similar to the one Julie Wilson created for MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin. BLOKEY: Julie's barbecue creation is a hit with men. SHE'S made them in the shape of breasts and barbecues, castles and kegs, but the dead cat still takes the cake as the weirdest request. "I was asked to make a cake in the shape of a dead cat for a 60th wedding anniversary," Julie Wilson explains. "The cat was lying down with a tyre mark through its middle but it did have a smile on its face." Why would anybody request such a thing? It had something to do with an in-joke that the couple had about nine lives, apparently. Julie can't quite recall all of the details. But she hasn't forgotten the cake. Nobody forgets Julie's cakes in a hurry. Julie is a cake maker and cake sculptor whose creations have to be seen to be believed. Her one-woman business, The Sweetest Things, creates cakes for any occasion, from a wedding or birthday to a farewell or even a sporting club presentation night. Largely self-taught, Julie's creativity and attention to detail is astonishing. While she was happy to reveal some of her cake-making tips to Coasting readers, it's clear that apart from her artistic talent, Julie's passion is what sets her creations apart. "I absolutely adore doing it," she told Coasting as she whipped up some cup cakes in her home kitchen at Copacabana. That love of her work was evident at Wyong recently when Julie made a colourful Mad Hatter-style cake for the business group Business Women Connect who presented the cake to their guest speaker, the MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin, as a thank-you gift. "When Julie [Goodwin] saw the cake she said 'They are just my absolutely favourite colours'," Julie said. "I was just beaming after that. I love to see the look on the faces of people when they walk in and see their cake." Young clients, too, are taken by Julie's work. "I made a beehive cake for a little girl's birthday recently, and when she and her mother came to pick it up, the little girl took one look at it and started to shake with excitement. She wanted it then and there." The Sweetest Things will soon open a shop at Terrigal. Phone 0402 263 877. Go to www.thesweetestthings.com.au . Experience The Great Ocean Road Great Escapes 7-9 Day Tours Call: 1800 354 356 or 03 5243 6766 For Your Free Brochure & Itinerary www.greatoceanroadtours.net.au Comfort Inn Parkside Parkside Inn, located in Geelong,Victoria offers the ultimate holiday experience. Taking in highlights of Geelong, The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Melbourne, Ballarat & much, much more. Tour Includes • 5 Star Luxury Coach • Experienced Coach Driver/ Tour Guide • The Great Ocean Road • 12 Apostles • Fairy Penguins • Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula • Ballarat - Sovereign Hill • Dandenong Ranges (as per itinerary) • Melbourne's Sights & Markets • Eureka Tower • National Spor ts Museum • Tram Car Restaurant • Werribee Mansion... & much more! Accommodation Includes • 4 Star Accommodation • All Cooked Breakfasts • 3 Course Dinners • All Entrance Fees Pick Up Points Newcastle, Belmont, Wyong, Gosford, Sydney Central, Strathfield, Liverpool, Mittagong, Goulburn & Albury. Don't miss this mar vellous trip! Ask about our discount for small group bookings. Tour Departs Newcastle 20th Dec Christmas Tour 9 Days..$1675 pp/ts (Includes 5 Course Traditional Christmas Lunch With All The Trimmings) 1st February 2010 9 days ...............$2095 pp/ts 31st March 2010 8 days ............ $1880 pp/ts 27th April 2010 9 days ............. $2095 pp/ts **Christmas Bonus - Book direct by December 31st to receive a 15% discount off the total tour cost.** c8659409-3Dec
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