• Vicki Barlow, Debbie Clarke and Lesley Hennock

    Vicki Barlow, Debbie Clarke and Lesley Hennock

  • A sunny lady, Alicia Doherty and David Boden

    A sunny lady, Alicia Doherty and David Boden

  • Anne Fernando.

    Anne Fernando.

  • Food bloggersGiulia Porro and Rachi Pereira

    Food bloggersGiulia Porro and Rachi Pereira

  • Yogi the Caboodle with a please can we go home look.

    Yogi the Caboodle with a please can we go home look.

  • Jewelry designer Amanda Stevens wearing her perfect pineapple.

    Jewelry designer Amanda Stevens wearing her perfect pineapple.

Pineapple Cakeup at eighty-twenty Restaurant

18 January 2015

A self serve ‘cakeup’ where you get to decide just how much to pile on your plate has got to be the most delicious way to spend a sunny arvo among a group of cake-eaters, cake bakers and those who might want to be one, the other, or both. Bliss for those with a palate for the wonders of pineapple was the Canberra Cake Club’s first event of the year, continuing the success of a cake eating and baking idea nicked from a cake club way out west. Yes that’s WA not Broken Hill and what a nice idea for cake lovers all over the country to share.

The main ingredient was pineapple and what a spread of familiar favourites the bakers whipped up to display at that Londsdale Street corner that’s home to eighty/twenty restaurant where over the years the incarnations have been a source of dining pleasure and now is a popular eatery with a fresh look and maximum potential from their pavement space.

Pinepple is a delicious fruit, its history fascinating and its use in food, juices and a range of decorative products, wall paper, fabrics and as a motif is quite fascinating. For the mathematicians the Fibonacci sequence in the ovules is where nature shows how clever it is and for the romantics when the sailors of Virginia came home from the south seas with pineapples one was placed on the gatepost to let the village know the man of the house was home and hospitality was extended to all. Not sure if that meant immediately or at a later hour to allow for the obvious.

For this Sunday cakeup the pineapple was a perfect advertising occasion for the upcoming Multicultural Festival where on the Sunday 15 February in Petrie ‘Pineapple’ Plaza an all American Hawaiian experience will be the perfect Aloha Canberra experience with Smoque providing some Hawaiian inspired dishes, lots of giveaways, a humungous Big Pineapple and a chance to wear the Hawaiian shirts tucked away at the back of your wardrobe. I hope the cake bakers get in on the act!