Port Macquarie resident Katie Martin says she loves to create baked goods which focus on the visual aspect of food.
Recently there has been a rise in popularity of over-the-top creations of sweet treats in cities including Sydney where people can purchase a milkshake with a nutella donut on top or a cronut injected with sugary syrup.
Ms Martin said people eat with their eyes and they will purchase a product which looks appealing to them.
She believes that most people are aware that extravagant sweet treats are just occasional food.
Ms Martin said people are more aware than ever before of what kind of food they are putting into their body.
If people are choosing to indulge Ms Martin said they want to ensure they obtain produce which is fresh and of high quality.
Her mother’s tiramisu was remembered by Ms Martin as being the prominent dessert at every special occasion during her childhood.
Her passion for homestyle baking began when she was a child. She was treated to biscuits and slices made by her mother using traditional CWA cooking methods.
During high school Ms Martin developed her skills through hospitality classes.
She describes herself as being artistic.
“I go with an idea and then create a piece of art,” she said.
Her favourite flavour of cake is black forest. She said she loves the tartness of the cherries.
While Ms Martin said she can appreciate the beauty of cakes she can no longer eat them on a day to day basis.
She said when she is cooking cakes for occasions she focuses on the task she has to do.
The key to staving off sugar cravings according to Ms Martin is to ensure proper meals are eaten throughout the day. She makes sure she has a big breakfast and her family all sits down to eat together.