Hello there fellow lover of cake and all things sweet!
Welcome to The Cake Mistress, your online haven for sweet baking recipes. Since 2010, our fearsome cake leader Emma has been filling her oven with some sugar lovin’ goods and sharing the results with you all here. We are proud to be an Australian website, based in Perth Western Australia, but you might have seen us in Melbourne a few years ago.
Here at The Cake Mistress we love home style, vintage and retro baking recipes. We only share recipes we think most home bakers could make regardless of skill level and with minimal fancy equipment. We also love recipes that are FAST, RELIABLE and SIMPLE. And financially friendly to recreate. (Don’t mention the price of Gold Leaf or shelled pistachios around here).
In early 2017 we were proud to launch our YouTube channel that shows you step-by-step how to make our recipes. Come subscribe and be the first to watch each video as they are released. The videos we’ve made so far are also on our Video Tutorials page here.
We’re also getting around to writing the Baking Tips section that explains how to bake, the science of baking, and answers your common baking questions. Stay tuned!
You can find us on most Social Media platforms talking about cake (click to find us!)
(You might also find us in real life down at the shops in the baking aisle with flour on our shirt. Our basket will be filled with chocolate, sugar and eggs. There will be no vegetables. None.)
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
The Cake Mistress website is run by your resident Cake-hole, Emma. I started baking from age 8 next to my Mum. She regularly baked cakes, biscuits and slices for my siblings and I, and always made desserts for dinner parties from scratch.
She also created magical decorated cakes out of the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book, a staple for 80s and 90s Mums and kids in Australia. I haven’t met many of Gen X and Gen Y who haven’t had a slice of the Choo Choo Train.
When I grew up and moved across the country I began baking once more. Feeling homesick, I started on the same recipes Mum made for me as a child. It was a nostalgic connection back to family for me. One bite of Mum’s chocolate cake and I was back home.
The baking bug caught me once more. It was a brilliant way to procrastinate from studying, relax, and feel mastery when I’d lost control of other areas of my life. Soon, I’d extended my knowledge of baking by attending short courses at professional pastry schools in Melbourne Australia. So far I’ve studied French Entremet, Chocolate and Truffle making, Fudge making, cake decorating and fondant figurine modeling.
With time I grew tired of food becoming increasingly pretentious and elite. Things became “deconstructed”, recipes had multiple “components” and “pressure points”. You needed a small loan to purchase specialist ingredients. Dishes needed hours to assemble, expensive kitchen equipment and advanced techniques to create.
I thought back to my Mum’s simple 80s kitchen and my Nanna’s even simpler 60s kitchen. All they needed was a bowl and whisk. Some flour, sugar, eggs and butter, and you’ve got a cake. Plus sprinkles if you’re fancy.
So here we are. This website is my place to keep sharing great, simple baking recipes that don’t break the bank and don’t need expensive equipment.
My hope is to re-encourage others back to the kitchen to explore baking, and for them to understand nothing is more impressive than a dish made for the special people in your life with lots of love.
The Cake Mistress is an Australian website that began in 2010. We are currently based in Perth, Western Australia.