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Cake Stalking. It’s A Thing, Trust Me

From beards to shoes to beaches, my Instagram stalking trajectory has been both complex and cerebral at the best of times. I think I’ve finally settled on a last obsession, however. Cake. (Or, to paraphrase Rihanna, cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake). There are so many talented bakers out there – Sydney seems to be a particular hub – but here are the top 12 that are giving me scrolling RSI. And I don’t even mind.

Un-Birthday Bakery

Look at this beautiful beast below. Just LOOK AT IT. Popcorn, gold leaf, bits of Twix bar, iced gems, petals, flowers, hundreds and thousands… This must be what happiness looks like.

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Katherine Sabbath

Like the above, Katherine’s also based in Sydney and describes herself as a ‘dessert creative’. Possibly the best job title in the world, no? Also: I would live in her fridge.

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Lily Vanilli

An established name on the cake scene, Lily Vanilli has been making me fatter but happier since 2008. I’ll no doubt be poorly attempting to make these glittery cherry cupcakes at some point in the near future.

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California Donuts

From Fruity Pebbles to m&m’s and dried fruit, you name it and California Donuts have shoved it on one of their joyous confections and sent it out into the world to make all our lives better.

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Drake On Cake

The internet melted when it got wind of New Orleans-based @joythebaker’s offshoot Instagram account, Drake On Cake. Simply, she pops his lyrical stylings onto baked goods and we all go nuts. Understandably.

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Studio DIY

A little ray of sunshine pon de internet, LA’s Kelly Mindell makes cushions and costumes alongside sweet treats, and she deserves recognition just for the fact that she’s managed to combine two of my favourite things: breakfast, and cake.

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Fondant Fox

Working out of East London, Carla Fox’s creations are witty and pretty and eye-poppingly beautiful all at the same time. Round of applause for these killer strawberries below, please.

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Fluffegram

Again, based in Sydney (maybe there’s something in the water out there), Nathan makes candy-coloured fairy floss and fashions it into fantasy desserts. Unicorn Poop Macaron, anyone?

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Vicky’s Doughnuts

Anyone who shoves a cocktail umbrella in a doughnut and calls it a party is a-ok in my book. Vicky’s East London Donutterie has not only done that, but also pizza slice-shaped versions and the ultra-pretty pastel ones below.

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Cakes by Cliff

“Sydney office worker by day, cake decorator by night.” Cliff, you not only make my mouth water, but you make me wonder what I would choose if I were to begin moonlighting.

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The Purple Cupcake

Who knows if I would eat it if actually ever faced with one of The Purple Cupcake’s mini masterpieces. I might just stare at it for hours instead.

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Bakedown Cakery

Best name ever, right? Also in Sydney, also responsible for half of the fancy-pants cakes on the internet, Bakedown Cakery’s Jen describes herself as a ‘merriment maker’. How can you not fall for that?

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Rainbow Brite

While all you crazies were nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, I was busily getting my Stepford on making THIS little kaleidoscopic dream. It’s a bit rough round the edges but be assured that the taste made up for it. It also took about 4 hours and my brother asked me if I had baking dyslexia. Don’t care. I’m awesome.

May your 2013 be just as colourful as my culinary masterpiece, although perhaps a little less mangled.

Olivia xxx

The (very) lazy girl’s guide to blogging: Part a million

Oh hai interwebs. Yah, it’s me. I know it’s been a while. My excuses are all terribly cliche – all you need to know is I’ve missed you and I’m back. Here are some pictures. Look at them all. I’ll know if you don’t.
Posing in the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech in January
 Chinese New Year in Novikov with the fam
 Spoilt with birthday flowers
LFW Day 1 – obsessed with the colour of my leather jacket
Me and my very good friend Melissa in this LFW’s The Daily
My gorgeous fellow blondie, Chloe
New season Rupert Sanderson heels at Paris Fashion Week
No biggie, just me hangin with Marc Jacobs
Perfect red roses
Hashtag career highlight
Colour in Marrakech
Fangirling all over Bill Cunningham as I sat behind him at Roland Mouret
So this is Sam…
Everyone say hi.
Best birthday cake ever from lovely office pals – fresh fruit and cream from Bea’s of Bloomsbury
 Birthday dinner at Evans & Peel detective agency. You have to make up a crime to be solved as payment for entry…
A lunchtime view on our fashion trip to Crete
Birthday cake number two, this time from my mama – orange and honey
My (younger) brother puts me to shame when it comes to entertaining…
Brunch at Balthazar with Lucy from Luxe Life
A thankyou package of kaleidoscopic chocolate from the marvellous Amelia Rope. Her rose chocolate is beautiful…
Practical so totally allowed, am I right or am I right?
Hells yes. Six hours of Michael J Fox and trying to get Great Scott into every sentence. It’s a wonder I have any friends.
Two names which I am very happy to see as bedfellows…
I cannot tell you how happy this picture makes me. Oh internets. I heart you so much.
Back at Balthazar for dinner with gorgeous Givenchy-clad Samuel. He’s also lucky I let him leave still wearing his watch. Next time Sammy boy, next time…
I’m pretty sure I’ve posted a picture of these bad boys before but that’s just testament to their utter fabulousness. If you’re wondering, they’re cinnamon doughnuts with warm chocolate sauce from the Riding House Cafe.
Beautiful spring breakfast at Hoss Intropia
Roots Manuva at Koko. Rodders, you blinking legend.
Audrey Hepburn’s dress at the Dior exhibition at Harrods
A fantastical spread at the Evans x Clements Ribeiro press event at Choccywoccydoodah
More new shoes. This time marginally less practical. But just as necessary. Welcome, Charlotte, to my wardrobe that now refuses to close properly
Marc Jacobs on stage (in pyjamas, naturally) at his Diet Coke launch party. Masses of confetti excites me at the best of times but I was very drunk by this point so this was pure, unbridled joy.
Loved this bar back in Brixton Market. A touch pretentious, yes, but still cool.
The prettiest flowers I’ve seen in a long time…
New favourite brand: Parisian label April/ May. I have major designs on this bomber…
The Cartier apartment in gay Paris…
Such a girl, but this rainbow sugar bowl got me disproportionately overexcited
Retro cars at the end of the catwalk at Carven
This is me at a launch. I’d love to think I actually looked this chic at the time (and that my hair does that amazing bouffant thing at the top) but in reality I probably had a bit of canape dropped down the front of my jacket
A brand I am so very excited about; Ostwald Helgason.
Shourouk, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways
Goosebumps
The Ugg suite at the top of the ME Hotel during fashion week. Big pimping comes to mind
Ted Baker’s clever ode to modern romance on Valentine’s Day. They had me at bunch of seedless grapes
A teacup cocktail bar at Opium in Chinatown
Yes, that really is a dwarf in a cage. Dressed as a suited tiger. An unforgettable night at Cirque du Soir…
Oh Riccardo, you sheer ruddy genius. GIMMIE!
Cakes on a cake. Does it get any better? Nay, it does not