Icing on the cake as Amie’s labour of love makes it big

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Amie Mil­ton went to univer­sity to study pub­lic health pro­mo­tion and wound up ditch­ing it to bake de­li­cious, sug­ary cakes in­stead.

In the space of 18 months, the Zumbo’s Just Desserts con­tes­tant found her week­end hobby sky­rocket into a boom­ing ca­reer and now has 100,000 so­cial me­dia fans hang­ing on her ev­ery post.

Each day, Mil­ton, 24, shares stun­ning pic­tures and videos of her lat­est bak­ing cre­ations on In­sta­gram to rave re­views.

“It’s a bit crazy ac­tu­ally,” she says. “This all hap­pened quite quickly.” The de­li­cious cre­ations are then shipped off to a grow­ing ros­ter of ador­ing clients, from brides to board­room bosses.

It all be­gan with mak­ing the odd cake for friends and fam­ily but has turned into sev­eral big or­ders a week for cus­tomers across Queens­land’s south­east.

“It’s all from word of mouth and so­cial me­dia,” she says. “I do one a day on av­er­age — wed­dings, birth­days, cor­po­rate func­tions. Each time I make one for a client, I shoot it for my (In­sta­gram) feed.”

It de­liv­ers a sweet lit­tle in­come, but Mil­ton says it’s not about money.

“I stud­ied some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent at uni, so I fig­ure I could be in a Mon­day to Fri­day job right now, do­ing the same thing ev­ery day, but with this I get to do what I love, have lots of va­ri­ety and be cre­ative,” she says. “I ac­tu­ally stud­ied about how to teach peo­ple to be healthy but now I’m mak­ing cakes — that’s to­tally out of left field, I know.”

For her day job, she works a few days a week in the of­fice of her par­ents’ land­scap­ing busi­ness, but ev­ery other spare mo­ment is spent in the kitchen.

While she rarely has any time off to re­lax, Mil­ton says she couldn’t be hap­pier.

What makes her story even more re­mark­able is that Mil­ton is self-taught. A cake dec­o­rat­ing book led her to on­line in­struc­tional videos and blogs.

Mil­ton ad­mits com­pet­ing in Seven’s hit new bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion was a steep learn­ing curve.

“I’m a cake dec­o­ra­tor so other desserts were tough to mas­ter,” she says. “But I had such a great time. I learnt a lot and made new friends.”

Fol­low her feed at In­sta­gram.com/ whipped­cakeco.

“With this I get to do what I love, have lots of va­ri­ety and be cre­ative”

AMIE MIL­TON ON THE ZUMBO CHAL­LENGE

ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, SEVEN, MON­DAY AND TUES­DAY, 7.30PM

/ SHAN­NON MOLLOY

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