It’s been almost 3 years since Paula Midgley graced our screens as the winner of Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker, and while she’s stepped out of the spotlight, her cakes haven’t!
Paula, a wedding dress designer, teamed up with the equally talented Jane, to create a cake design business, Paula Jane Cakes. Paula and Jane now work together to create the masterpieces, which are now the ‘Stars’ of the show, and you’ll see why.
Working out of Kumeu, Paula and Jane bake and decorate together, which Paula describes as “a way to share my passion and love with others”. Decorates, though (as is any description of what they do) is an understatement. Jane was actually the President of the National Cake Decorators Guild, and they are both better described as artists than as cake decorators. While not promising that you’ll finish the course as skilled as themselves (naturally after 20 years in the business), they actually teach their art too, with various 4-week cake decorating classes to suit all levels of skill.
I’m not getting married until February next year, but if you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I’ve taken the cake-tasting responsibly very seriously: tasting cakes at all the shows, visiting cafes and cake-design specialists at the weekend, and sometimes even sneaking in a mid-week bite or two. You’ll understand then, that for research purposes, I decided that the Engagement Party wouldn’t be complete either, without a cake. I first met Paula and Jane at the Waitakere Wedding Show – they were the best tasting and the best looking, so who better to make mine than PaulaJane Cakes.
Describing herself for the Hottest Home Baker show as the ‘Queen of Chocolate’ it was only fitting that my cake, too, was chocolate: a decadent mudcake, as good to eat as it was to look at. While the professional photos of that evening are coming soon, I’ll leave you with the below gallery for inspiration – it’s easy to see how this team of two is such a winning combination. Click the photos to enlarge, the detail is incredible!
All photos courtesy of www.paulajanecakes.co.nz