Well, I'm not going to lie to you.
For a long time I never thought I'd actually start Baked by Gemma because that sneaky (as they always are) little voice in my head kept muttering 'but what if you fail?' rather convincingly. Luckily, the actual voices of real people around me who've been enjoying the gastronomical benefits of being my friend/being related to me/living with me (specifically and lovingly my longtime friend and fellow cake-eater Erika Rax) have finally drowned that white noise out, so here we go...
So who am I?
I'm Gemma, and I love food. I'll never be a size 8, I only enjoy exercise if it's social or in a pretty place and baking with my Kitchenaid calms me like nothing else.
What do I do?
By day I'm a research and scholarship fundraiser but by evening and weekend my sugar-laced superpowers emerge, to the effect of cupcakes, brownies, cakes, cookies, slices and basically any manner of baked good. I'm fairly sure I was French in a previous life, as my affinity with butter and cheese is second to none.
How did it start?
Unofficially, when I was about 4. It was mum's doing really - who could ever forget the excitement of getting a cake from the Womens Weekly Children's Birthday Cookbook (including the year I got this bad boy, who slid right off the wall in the aussie summer heat) and those enticingly colourful Kids Cookbooks (that I made my parents buy me while on holiday in Hawks Nest)? They literally changed my life, are still sitting on my bookshelf (because my dad has requested the same lemon cookies every birthday since I was 11) and frankly they began this whole shebang.
What do I make at Baked By Gemma?
Any manner of custom cakes and cupcakes for the usual suspects - weddings, baby showers, christenings, birthdays. But that's not to say I haven't been asked to deliver to someone for a 'just because' kind of occasion!
What's that, you want to see some?
Sure! To kick things off I thought you might like to see some pretty little things I made for a client's baby shower recently. With a mint, coral and feather motif to work with I had great fun putting together bespoke cupcakes with a hint of gold - they went down a treat! Check them out below and then watch this space for upcoming projects, retrospectives on some of my favourites and recipes definitely worth sharing.