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These Colourful Cakes Are Straight Out Of A Wes Anderson Movie!

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Patchanida Chimkire is a 2020 creative. After losing her work as a chef at the start of the pandemic, the Bangkok-born, Melbourne-based chef’s creativity and business sense has bloomed this year. Fuse these two elements together and you getMali Bakes, the bespoke cake business Patti started a few months ago, and now runs entirely through Instagram.

Cake making and decorating isn’t usually in our wheelhouse, but Patti’s creations are so artistic, eye-catching and downright JOYFUL to look at, that we just couldn’t resist bringing you something a little different this afternoon.

14th October, 2020

Patti decorating one of her beautiful cakes from Mali Bakes! Photo – Abigail Javier and Ryan Scott.

The colours of each cake are completely customisable. Photo –Mali Bakes.

One of Patti’s creations in lemon, pink and peach colourway. Photo –Mali Bakes.

Patti carefully decorating one of her Mali Bakes cakes. Photo – Abigail Javier and Ryan Scott.

Could there be a more perfect celebratory cake? Photo –Mali Bakes.

Detail of a Mali Bakes birthday cake. Photo –Mali Bakes.

马里烘烤在阳光下蛋糕!照片 - Abigail Javier和Ryan Scott。

Patchanida Chimkire, founder of Mali Bakes. Photo – Abigail Javier and Ryan Scott.

Sasha Gattermayr.
Wednesday 14th October 2020

“我喜欢想象我的蛋糕坐在一个Wes Anderson电影中的一个场景中。' - patchanida chimkire

When COVID-19 hit in March of this year and the entire hospitality industry shuttered its doors, Bangkok-born, Melbourne-based chef Patchanida Chimkire was out of work. As daunting as her predicament was, Patti threw herself into an idea she had been percolating for a while: her own cake business.

Over the last few months, Patti has invested all her time, energy and cooking equipment intoMali Bakes. She makes the kind of candy-coloured cakes and iced piped dreams that only exist in your wildest dreams as a kid, inspired by both her childhood in Bangkok, and the creativity that surrounds her now in Melbourne. With flavours like brown butter cake, Thai tea soak, pink peppercorn pear with caramelised white chocolate buttercream and coconut cake, strawberry compote filled with toasted coconut buttercream, finish with lemon buttercream, rest assured they taste just as good as they look!

Read on for our interview with Patti about this new venture: a gorgeous culinary delight!

Hey Patti! Tell us a little bit about your background. When and why did you move to Australia, and what has been your creative/career journey so far?

I was born and raised in Bangkok. Bangkok is the most fun and vibrant place to grow up, and our culture revolves around eating. During the summer we would stay at my grandparents’ farm just out of the city. My grandfather was the cook in my family. He was amazing with food and as a kid I loved being in the kitchen with him.

我在曼谷为一家餐饮公司工作了我的第一份工作,在那里我从管理员那里做了一些东西,销售到食品摄影和装饰。这个地方激发了我学习烹饪艺术,所以我打包了我的东西并于2015年搬到墨尔本。我在威廉·斯坎士研究所学习,并一直在墨尔本的厨师。

I have worked mainly in café and bakery settings as I love the casual environment and the sense of community. I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by many artists since I’ve been here in Melbourne. All the creativity around me has influenced me to find my own expression through food.

How and when did Mali Bakes begin? What made you want to start baking these beautiful cakes?

Mali Bakes started from a conversation I had with a good friend of mine who was finding it hard to find the perfect cake for her daughter. So, during isolation, I put my energy into experimenting with recipes and decorations. I wanted to create a cake that is fun to look at, delicious inside and out.

我们喜欢丰富多彩,创造性的愿景是多么强大的蛋糕和你的摄影!您有创意参考或灵感吗?

Illustrations from retro cookbooks and adverts really influence my colour palette, design and photography. I am going for a stripped back classic retro cake style, with vibrant colours. When I first started, I took inspiration from lots of different artist for colour reference which has lead me to find my own approach. I love Yayoi Kusama and Hilma af Klint. I like to imagine my cakes sitting in a scene from a Wes Anderson film.

When ordering the cake, customers have the option to choose their own colour combination from a list I put together. It’s been so much fun to work within those chosen combinations. I have also been fortunate to work with friend and amazing graphic designer Ryan Scott (A Little Colour) who designed the Mali Bakes branding.

How has 2020 changed your approach to your work?

尽管有许多困难,2020 blessing. Having to adapt to the situation has allowed me to find something I love doing along the way. Building a creative food practice has been a grounding force for me amongst all the uncertainty of this year. It’s been so nice to see all the happy smiles Mali Bakes has brought to my friends and customers so far.

Check outMali Bakesfor more of Patti’s incredible cakes!

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