Business bakes up a storm for MU match

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
According to head baker Jim Earley, the secret to the perfect cake is not overdoing it.
Camera IconAccording to head baker Jim Earley, the secret to the perfect cake is not overdoing it. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

The oven at the Gingerbread House in Boyanup will be running hot this week as staff embark on a mammoth bake-athon to supply 4000 mini cupcakes to Optus Stadium.

The challenge comes ahead of Manchester United’s double header visit to the stadium with all of the cupcakes to be decorated with red and white icing, just a week after producing 2000 purple ones for the Western Derby.

According to chief baker Jim Earley and business owner Julie Shadbolt, the cupcakes will be churned out in two batches of 2000 and decorated, a process that they expected to take up to four days.

“We’re doing 2000 this week with the red and white icing and soccer balls, another 2000 next week as well as 5500 lollipops,” Miss Shadbolt said.

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“It’s a full day for the two of us to cook the cupcakes (per batch) and then the next day we’ll do the icing.”

At the end of production, the pair will have gone through more than 45kg of cake mix and 15kg of icing.

Miss Shadbolt’s business was awarded the tender for Optus Stadium in late 2017, a deal that allowed her to open a second shop front in Perth with baking starting in May 2018.

“That first delivery of chocolate was seven pallets,” Mr Earley said.

The Gingerbread House has not been the only South West producer to get a slice of Optus Stadium business recently though.

Also in late 2017, the Dardanup Butchering Company entered into a partnership with Mrs Mac’s Pies to create the Mrs Mac’s Dardanup EverTender Steak Pie, which is available exclusively at Optus Stadium.

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