We make beautiful and delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, and sweet preserves for weddings, birthdays, and all other special occasions in Canberra and surrounds.
We take bookings up to six months prior to event dates. If your event is more than six months from now, you have the option of being placed on a waiting list for your date. If you'd like us to do this for you, please get in touch via our contact page.
Note: we recently welcomed a little bundle of joy into our family, and our kitchen will be closed to orders until the end of March 2019 as we adjust to life as a family of three. Our books are currently open for events from April 2019 onwards.
The Forty-Two Cakes team is made up of Rachel (Owner and Chief Caker) and Alec (Assistant Cake Stacker, Chief Photographer, Design Consultant, Transport and Logistics Assistant, Heavy Lifter). They are based in Canberra, Australia.
Rachel is a mostly self-taught** baker and cake decorator with a passion for designing beautiful cakes and sweets, emphasising clean designs and fantastic taste and texture. She believes in using the best quality ingredients (couverture chocolate, eggs from happy chickens, real butter, premium dutch cocoa, etc.) and makes everything lovingly from scratch. Her designs reflect each client's style and theme, incorporating both traditional and contemporary design techniques with modern proportions and clean lines.
**She acquired most of her knowledge and skills through experimentation, sweat, blood, and tears in the kitchen over many years (actual blood and actual tears, but not in the cakes!). Since getting serious about cake decorating, she has also been lucky enough to attend workshops with Faye Cahill Cake Design in Sydney, Sharon Wee Creations in Canberra, Erica O'Brien Cake Design in New York, and at ABC Cooking School in Tokyo, and loves the opportunity to learn from those at the top of their craft.
Alec is the glue that holds the operation together, providing input into everything from design to logistics. He takes many of the photos you see of the Forty-Two Cakes creations and is entirely responsible for cataloguing the portfolio. Some of his other contributions have included punching out thousands of custom edible confetti dots, folding hundreds of cupcake boxes, and carrying towering 20kg+ cakes across uneven surfaces (while Rachel held her breath).