Welcome to the world of Chaos & Couture, where nothing is the same from one week to the next and there is always a story to tell.
Originally trained within the walls of Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) and the famous Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen, I started my career from the ground up.
The first 9 months of my Test Kitchen Life were spent shopping for all the girls in the Kitchen, roaming between David Jones Food Hall and specialty shops on the streets of Sydney City (with my own company David Jones credit card, I might add), seeking out specific ingredients for recipes that were being created for our Cookbooks. My job also entailed stocking the pantry and the fridges, ensuring everyone had what they ordered, in their bays, when they needed it. If I didn’t find it or forgot to grab it, there was hell to pay, and I was sent straight back down the lift and out to the shops to find it.
After months of carrying shopping bags and a greater knowledge of ingredients, one of our girls was blessed with a baby and I, in turn, was blessed with a promotion, making my way into one of the Bays, where I learned the art of recipe development and cooking for photography.
I stayed in that Bay and the best job I could have imagined, until I had the first of my 4 girls, moving on to work as a Freelance recipe writer and photo chef for various food publications, while my family continued to grow and grow and grow.
A marriage, 4 kids, a diagnosis of coeliac disease, an allergy-friendly business, 7 kids between 2 friends, hundreds of Cakes later and a love of all things sweet brought me to where I am today.
My own little studio in Sutherland. Now, I spend my days playing with sugar and spice and all things nice, creating little pieces of edible art for you. I love everything about this business. I love planning cakes, thinking about them, drawing them and then creating them…..I love putting them in their place at the wedding reception and waiting to hear what the bride and groom or other ‘cakee’ thought about them. If I’m not running around with one of my many children or performing with a baton in my hand, you’ll find me in my own little space working on a wedding cake, christening cake or a sassy little naked cake. Everything is designed and planned by consultation and then created in my studio. Cakes can either be picked up from my Sutherland studio or delivery can be arranged.
Mara & Adrian
We just wanted to thank you so much for making such a wonderful cake for our wedding. The cakes tasted beautiful and the level of artwork involved including the pattern on the bottom made of chocolate was fabulous. We surprisingly still have a large piece left. Could you advise how long we will have before it deteriorates and what is the best way to store it? Thank you again for helping to make our wedding day even more special.
Thank you so much for a wonderful cake - you made my night perfect - the cake tasted amazing and looked spectacular!
I would just like to thank you for the beautiful cake you made for us on our Wedding Day on 17 December. The cake was absolutely stunning. You are so clever! And the taste... to die for!! On the night, it was such a hit. Everyone loved the thick white chocolate outside (including me!) and we've heard lots of comments since the wedding about how nice the cake was. Again, thank you for doing such a wonderful job and for making our day all the more special.
I know it's a little late but I just wanted to write to say thank you for the beautiful cake. Everyone commended on how delicious it was.
Thanks again for your hard work, the cake was perfect and tasted absolutely amazing... Think I'll have some with a cuppa when the kids go to bed. P.S. My best friend said the cake rocked her world!
I just wanted to touch base with you after we got back from our honeymoon and say Thank you properly! The cake was beautiful! The caramel mud cake especially went down a treat and seemed to be the favourite!!
I'm sitting at my desk, eating your amazing chocolate cupcake which Bora gave to everyone in the team. It's really the nicest cupcake I've ever eaten. I really hope your business does fabulously well. Your cakes are just fantastic. Many thanks!
Just wanted to send you a quick message before we escape on our honeymoon to say THANKYOU!! The cake you created was an absolute masterpiece and exactly how we had imagined and more... We had so many comments on how beautiful it was, to look at and to eat! So from the bottom of our hearts many thanks for your beautiful creation and being part of our wedding day, and when we decide to have some children I will be giving you a call for the christenings!!
Elise & Mitch
I just wanted to thank you for our amazing cake!!!! It was above and beyond our expectations! So awesome! We had so many people commenting on it... It was a huge hit! And absolutely perfect for Mitch and I. I'll have to send through some pictures for you when we get them. I've already had some people ask for your details, so hopefully a little extra work coming your way!!! Thanks again... Now we're off for our honeymoon!!!!
I just realized that I never said a 'Big THANK YOU' for Charlie's Baptism cake and cupcakes. Each time cakes come up I think of you. I totally love the way the photos turned out and I enjoyed the cake immensely. I even tried the vegan cupcakes, and I was impressed. Anyway, you are great at what you do and the cakes made the day so special and went well with the theme for the day. I look forward to the next cake!!!
Thank you so much for all the work that went into making the engagement cake. It tasted as good as it looked. Also the 40th Birthday cake was a work of art. My sister loved it. I'm looking forward to you making some more cakes for us in the near future.
Ellen & Rob
I just wanted to send you a massive thank you for the cake. It was stunning and tasted amazing. I couldn't have asked for anything better. When i get the photos back from the photographer of us cutting the cake, i'll be sure to post it on your facebook page 🙂 Thanks again!
Thank you so much for the stunning cake last weekend. It was a huge hit and everyone said it was delicious!
Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely cake. A good time was had by all and a lovely way to conclude our baby shower was your delicious creation. It made the room smell sweet and there were many ahhs an oohs!
I just wanted to thank you again for the beautiful job you did with Tristan's Christening cake. I had many people coming back for 2nds, loved the white choc & rasberry!!! Lots of people asked who made it so have given your details out to some of them.
Just want to say you did a fantastic job on our cake it was gorgeous, thank you so much.
Jess & Daniel
Daniel and I would like to say a huge thank you for our beautiful cake. Not only did it look fantastic but it tasted delicious! It was the talk of the wedding. Cannot thank you enough for the great work you did.
Sam & Jake
Thank you so much for our amazing wedding cake. It was absolutely perfect, everything I could have ever imagined and more. The flowers looked beautiful, thank you for organising it with our florist. Not only did it look amazing but it tasted spectacular! Thank you so much, we had the best start to a marriage anyone could ask for.
Mary/ Antonia Paris
We want to extend a heart-felt thank you for your commitment to making this event so successful. It was the vision of Antonia Paris to showcase her newest designs as well as to entertain the special guests invited. Thanks again.
I was looking for a cake idea for my 70th birthday party on the Central Coast. (Yes it's tough when you have to organise your own) Saw the alphabet cupcakes and thought them a perfect idea to spell out a happy birthday message. Half chocolate and half caramel with purple lettering on a white disc, they were delicious and went in a flash, leaving only a solitary 'R' which I consumed with relish.
Susan (a fan in Melbourne)
Just thought I'd drop you a quick line to say your cakes are absolutely beautiful. I always enjoy seeing your latest creation pop up on Facebook. They are delightful, quirky and altogether gorgeous. Keep up the great work.
Thanks for my cake Nadia. It was lush and you did a great job. Everybody loved it !! Do you watch Cake Boss? Reckon you could give them a run for there money!!
That cake is HECTIC!
Not only do you make the tastiest cakes, you are also a creative genius. God Bless.
My sister loved this cake it was sooo fresh and moist, soo yummy. People sitting at the restaurant admired it as I walked in with it. The waitresses thought it was amazing and asked me who made it.Thank you so much.
Brielle's cupcakes were brilliant, really clever and absolutely delicious, thank you soooo much again!!!!