Cupcake baker sweet on Royal Show success

Melanie Babic with her Oz-themed cupcakes.
Melanie Babic with her Oz-themed cupcakes.

Ms Babic said this was her fourth year of entering the Show competitions, and her latest success has brought her prize tally to 10, with previous wins for her chocolate cakes and biscuits.

‘It’s a project I look forward to doing each year just for my own pleasure and as a personal challenge,’ she said.

‘I work on my designs in the form of drawings throughout the year.

‘The aim is always to get as much of the non-perishable part of the entries done a few weeks ahead of time, but it never seems to happen and inevitably I end up staying up all night to get my entries finished.’

Ms Babic placed in the Cupcakes and Afternoon Tea Plate classes this year, and her Wizard of Oz-themed cupcakes with their hand-modelled decorations placed in the Classic Decorated Cupcakes class.

The vanilla buttercakes with royal icing, non-toxic glitter and fondant were the result of a full day and night’s work, but worth it, she said, as she managed to perfect her miniature ruby slippers after a trial run last year.

‘I am most proud of the Emerald City as I was trying to replicate the scenery in the movie when Dorothy and friends were walking through the fields of poppies on the way to the Emerald City, when the wicked witch used a spell to send them to sleep,’ she said.

Ms Babic makes cupcakes and large cakes for family and friends’ birthdays and weddings.

‘Next year, when my youngest starts kindergarten, I plan on making it more official by registering my kitchen, expanding to the markets and taking orders under the name Sugar Sugar Cakes and Bakes,’ she said.

Judges sampled a record 1232 jams, chutneys, cakes, puddings and chocolates at the Royal Show this year, over 535 classes.