ATOMIC CAKES

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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

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