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,
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’.