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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 MAY 2017 15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Vy Ivanidis with one of her creations for her son’s birthday aker creating edible art on to the next level with her 3D sculptures impressive, they become aweinspiring when noting that as a cake maker Vy is largely self-taught. Aside from a few courses she has completed online, she says she has crafted her own way of doing things through trial and error. While Vy says it’s hard to say how many hours she spends on each creation, there are some that she works on for about a month studying and sculpting a character to get it just right. "The figurines need to be sculpted well in advance to rest and dry and resculpt perfect and that process can take weeks. For example the Dr Seuss cake, that took a good 3-4 weeks. The lion cake, which is all one component and all cake, comes together literally in about 10 days," but adds that she works with the same principle as any cake maker, the cake itself made fresh, with the whole thing coming together 48 hours before delivery. "And that 48 hours is no sleep, no eat, no nothing, it's just baking and working on it," she laughs. Offered in the usual favourite flavours including chocolate, vanilla, Cherry Ripe and jaffa, amongst others, each has been tested and tweaked to ensure the customer's vision can be brought to fruition and stay that way for a duration of time, which Vy has come to realise is a process that has very little to do with baking, and more to do with engineering. "You're dealing with something that needs to be foodsafe and edible, but also has to defy gravity and so you have to approach it like an engineer or an architect would think about a house. So there's the internal structure, there's the filling, and then there's the cosmetics of it. And it's very technical actually; the actual artistic part is what happens after you've put together the structure and making it look like whatever the client wants it to look like," she says. That's not to say that she skimps on taste however, and has been told by client's time again that her cakes are "nice and moist and really moreish". "People often think these cakes are good to look at but not really nice to eat and for me that aspect is just as important," she muses. Now the cake maker is set on expanding her business to meet demand and is looking to take her creations to the next level – which yes, apparently is possible - with the inclusion of electrical elements such as flashing lights, smoke and sound effects, which she hopes will further impress the kids, her continual motivators. "I think with any child, and my children particularly, they never remember their presents but every child remembers their cake," she says. "I never for once thought I'd have this sort of demand and appreciation for my work. It's so heart-warming when you hear them shriek with delight when you put the cake down on the table, and that's why I do it, I love that. And that's also the name of my business The Cake Reaction because it has to be that reaction that I'm going for." For further details on The Cake Reaction, visit thecakereaction. com.au. For enquiries, contact Vy Tran at vy@thecakereaction. com.au or call 0417 751 171.
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