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 into Mali 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!
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