Sweet suc­cess for bak­ing queen

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - Rosanna Can­dler

AF­TER bak­ing all night for her new Wem­b­ley shop Su­garplum Sweets, Flavia Har­ris says just one com­pli­ment will give her a buzz that no amount of caf­feine can im­i­tate.

“When some­one says, ‘Oh my god, that is the best thing I’ve ever tasted’, it in­stantly re­minds me why I love bak­ing so much,” Mrs Har­ris said.

“One of my clients even saves up part of her pen­sion for half a dozen cup­cakes as her spe­cial splurge ev­ery few months, which blew me away.”

Mrs Har­ris said she started Su­garplum Sweets cre­at­ing cus­tom dessert cater­ing from her home kitchen about two and a half years ago.

How­ever, it was not un­til open­ing “the pret­ti­est booth” at the Perth Royal Show last year that her busi­ness re­ally took off.

“I was work­ing full time in real es­tate and by Novem­ber it had ex­ploded; I sim­ply couldn’t keep up with the bak­ing, emails, ev­ery­thing,” Mrs Har­ris said.

“In Fe­bru­ary, my hus­band and I re­alised I needed to get out, I needed a com­mer­cial kitchen.

“I love that my clients know ev­ery sin­gle thing is hand­made right down to the lemon curd in our lemon meringues. Noth­ing comes from a packet, noth­ing comes out of a jar.”

Pic­ture: Marcus Whisson

Su­garplum Sweets owner Flavia Har­ris.

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