I’m pretty much obsessed with surfing Instagram and discovering inspiring new creative people I hadn’t yet heard of. It consumes me for hours per day sometimes. Especially anything baking and party related – they’re always the most incredible, delicious photos! I’m so glad we have platforms like the wondrous Instagram to bring these clever creatives to our attention, like the amazing “amateur” baker that I recently came across – Vickie Liu. You’ve most likely seen her work in your insta feed shared by someone at some point. It’s a jaw dropping mix of perfectly crafted cookies, quirky cakes and hilarious puns. A match made in heaven really! Check her out here – @vickiee_yo
I got in touch with this lovely treat-making genius to ask her a few questions about how she grew her Instagram following to over 21k and to find out the secrets to her perfectly piped icing.
1. Tell us a bit about you and what you do. How did you get into baking?
I am an Architecture/Interior design graduate. I’m currently working at a part time job unrelated to my field of study, and work on freelance projects in relation to baking on the side. This includes guest blogging, recipe development, styling and selling my baked goods.
I’ve had an interest in baking since high school, but amongst work and full time classes throughout uni, I rarely had the time or motivation to bake. After graduating from a course I didn’t particular enjoy, I had an abundance of free time to experiment in the kitchen, and that’s when I became addicted!
2. All of your cakes and cookies are kind of life changing. Which ones have been your personal faves?
Haha thank you! The Totoro cookies hold a special place in my heart, as they were one of the first batches of sugar cookies that I was happy with! Other than that, probably my matchstick cookies, typography pies and more recently – my series of pun cookies.
3. You’ve created quite the instagram following! Any tips for the rest of us?
Always take photos with natural lighting, and stick to some type of theme! I also try to interact with my followers as much as possible too, and I’m not ashamed to use hashtags! Haha.
4. Are there some bakers/designers/creative folk who really inspire you?
There are honestly too many! Some of my current favourites who are on Instagram are:
Linda Lomelino (@linda_lomelino)
Dominique Ansel (@dominiqueansel)
Sam Ushiro (@aww.sam)
Kelly Mindell (@studiodiy)
Molly Yeh (@mollyyeh)
Nikki Lee (@unbirthdaybakery)
Gerogia McDermott (@georgeats)
Phil Ferguson (@chiliphilly)
Andrea Tamburrini (@anddicted)
… I think you get my point! Haha..
5. Can you share some tips for pulling off really gorgeous icing?
At the beginning, it was a lot of trial and error, and reading/watching tutorials online! I learnt a large portion of royal icing techniques from cookie queen SweetAmbs! Here is one link
6. Fave stores for buying baking accessories or decorations?
I buy a lot online from a variety of different stores to be honest, haha, but when I need something the current or next day, I go to ‘Cake Deco’ in the Melbourne CBD
7. What’s next for you? Anything exciting in the pipeline?
A blog! I have been putting it off for way too long, but I have finally started working towards it. Rather than just focusing on food and baking, I also want to incorporate elements of design, travel and lifestyle. I will eventually like to run a home bakery full time, but I think I still have so much more to learn to be doing that 24/7!
Additionally, I’m planning to go to Europe for a month or two later this year, which will hopefully inspire and motivate me to creative more exciting projects when I get back!
SO excited to hear a blog is on the horizon for this star. Definitely one to watch.