These rockabilly cake decorators are more about baking cars with edible axles than sticking to triple-tiered tradition. By Meg Crawford Sophia Bradbury, originally from Brisbane, was living in Melbourne and studying to be an aerialist at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Homesick to her core, she was on the brink of heading back north when she met Gavin Walker – rockabilly and cake decorator extraordinaire – in the bread aisle of a supermarket. More than three and a half years later, the inkedand pierced-up couple are preparing for their wedding. They run their own mid-century-style cake store, where they specialise in non-traditional cakes. You won’t find any round or square models here – and car cakes are far from their weirdest models.
Sophia: The bum cake. Gavin: Oh yeah, the bum cake. This guy wanted to replicate his own bum and give it to his girlfriend for her birthday. Pants down, bare bum. Each to their own. Thank goodness he didn’t need to give me a picture of his arse to do it. I just got a picture of the type of trouser he wore – khaki trousers, with a dark belt – and got the tone of his skin.
Gavin: It sounds cliché, but it’s probably always the next cake that I’m going to make. I’ve got a flamingo coming up and I’m really looking forward to that. It’s got that retro/vintage feeling. Sophia: My favourites are all in the novelty food category – the pancakes and burgers. When Gav does pizzas, they look so delicious. The chicken curry in the pot was awesome too. Gavin: It was a butter chicken masala cake for an Indian chef.
Gavin: I’d like to do some gravity-defying cakes. I’ve got an idea for a milk carton, with the milk pouring out and a vintage bowl of Froot Loops at the bottom – it’d look like the milk was pouring into the bowl, with support structures underneath. 255 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North 3161. 03 9528 3529. www.atomiccakes.com.au. Tue-fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm; Sun by appointment only.
Sophia Bradbury and Gavin Walker