As an originating member of the Friends of Hunua Ranges committee, Clevedon based Mary Whitehouse has a long history of volunteer effects in bettering her local region which naturally includes the Hunua Ranges.
And that is not the end of her talents - Mary makes cakes, amazing cakes. We asked Mary to tell us more...
"Sweet baking, especially cakes, have been my passion since a child. I could never resist decorating an apple pie with pastry roses or a plain cake with icing. Fruit flans became works of art and the annual Christmas and family birthday cakes ever more elaborate!
For many years I indulged my passion around a full time occupation, but since 1996 the passion has been taking over and is now my work. During this time I have made literally hundreds of cakes, ranging from the intricate to the very simple.
I have a Cordon Bleu cookery qualification from the London Cordon Bleu School and have done numerous courses in the art of decoration, although, like most cake artists, I am predominently “self taught”. My first wedding cake was a commission whilst at university – I am an engineer which is often especially useful when constructing the sculpted cakes!
I have a specialised baking kitchen and am always trying out new recipes and techniques. I love a challenge so do contact me to discuss a masterpiece for your next celebration."
So no matter what the occasion, you know you can count on AristoCakes to make it special with one of Mary's amazing creations.
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Higher risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are closed from 1 May 2018.
A number of higher risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are closed. A Controlled Area Notice (CAN)* is in place across the forested areas of the Hunua Ranges as well as the Waharau Regional Park.
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