Winnie’s recipe for success

Winnie Lee with her award-winning cake ‘Alice’s Conversation with a caterpillar’. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409257
Winnie Lee with her award-winning cake ‘Alice’s Conversation with a caterpillar’. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409257

Her passion for baking and decorating led her to last year resign from her job in human relations to start up a business with friend Glenda Crawford, who worked in mining.

But the change in career has set Ms Lee on a winning path, with her ‘Alice’s Conversation with a caterpillar’ cake earning the Perth Royal Show novelty cake award.

It is the second award Ms Lee has won in the competition, previously winning the celebration category for a carousel design.

She said the main difference in the two categories was the novelty cakes designs had to be entirely edible.

‘This lead to Alice losing an arm on the way to the competition,’ Ms Lee said. ‘Usually there would be wire holding it up, but everything has to be edible so the judges take that into account.’

Ms Lee shares her love of baking and decorating through Cake Love in Wembley, where she offers group and private classes for people wanting to learn the finer art of cake decorating.

Many of the utensils she uses in her designs are reminiscent of an artist’s tools or even dentistry equipment.

She has enticed international and Australian cake decorators into her business to host guest classes and some of these creations are on show in her shop window.

‘The business is very temperamental, we are very busy during wedding season and quiet at other times,’ Ms Lee said. ‘But we are very passionate about what we do.’

Having lived in East Perth for the past 10 years, Ms Lee said the area was well connected.

‘It is a great place to live and it is close to everything,’ she said.

‘My family has always been involved in hospitality. We used to have a business in East Perth and my brother has a business in Mt Lawley, so everything is in a nice radius for me.’