SURE TO RISE

All the best cel­e­bra­tions re­quire cake, right? For our first birth­day, we com­mis­sioned four of Auck­land’s best bak­ers (well, one is an ice cream ge­nius) to cre­ate cakes that they thought fit­ted the oc­ca­sion. The re­sults, as you’ll see, are as­tound­ing. Oh,

Paper Boy - - Contents - TEXT KATE RICHARDS — ART DI­REC­TION JES­SICA ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY RE­BEKAH ROBIN­SON — COLOURS RESENE

Four of Auck­land’s best bak­ers help us cel­e­brate our big day.

Niu Cak­ery Ju­nior Ni­uafe Malupo stacks ‘em high

More is usu­ally more with Ju­nior Ni­uafe Malupo’s cakes, and the tow­er­ing ex­trav­a­ganza he’s made for our birth­day is no ex­cep­tion. It is not a sin­gle cake, but six lay­ers of choco­late sponge stuck painstak­ingly to­gether with a silky Whit­taker’s dark choco­late ganache – so high that there are some ner­vous mo­ments as Malupo car­ries it into the photo stu­dio in a huge card­board box. Malupo set up Niu Cak­ery with his mother Olga two years ago, and has rapidly built a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing stand­out spe­cial-oc­ca­sion spec­tac­u­lars. The sponge cakes in this one took less than an hour to bake in the big oven in his New Lynn head­quar­ters; it was the dec­o­rat­ing that was the time-con­sum­ing part. He spent two painstak­ing hours brush­ing on lay­ers of coloured ic­ing in a mar­bled ef­fect, be­fore adding hand­made mac­arons, meringue kisses and choco­late leaves. On top, there’s a co­conut hand-painted with ed­i­ble gold paint, and fresh flow­ers, in­clud­ing frangi­pani, that Malupo says nod to his Tongan an­ces­try. “They give that is­land touch,” he says. “When peo­ple see this, they’ll know it’s one of mine.”

9 Sheri­dan Drv, New Lynn. See ni­u­cak­ery.com.

Right Ju­nior Ni­uafe Malupo cre­ated this sen­sa­tional con­fec­tion. The back­ground colour is Resene ‘Adrenalin’.

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