AN Albury shopfront is the icing on the cake for a young business.
The Cake Cottage Albury-Wodonga founder Lana McMillan began operating out of a van in March before opening the Dean Street shop on September 18.
“I wanted to open a shop for a long time but we started with the van in Wodonga first,” she said.
Born and raised in Albury, Ms McMillan said she enjoyed baking and had dabbled in cake decorating for about 15 years.
“I’ve always liked the creative side of it, like the icing flowers,” she said.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction in the end result.”
Ms McMillan said The Cake Cottage offered a homely environment for people to catch up.
Together with husband, Terry Ludbey, Ms McMillan has three children, Paige, 15, Rhys, 12, and Abbey, 10.
“During the last four or five years, people are looking for traditional, grandmother-style baking,” she said.
“I make everything from scratch such as cinnamon and nutella doughnuts and will be offering chocolate eclairs.”
The Cake Cottage serves Honeybird Coffee.
The shop opens Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm, and most Saturdays from 8am to noon while the van does public events on the Border.
What's your favourite spring dish?
Salmon with asparagus and smashed potatoes.
What's your favourite season?
Winter. We always have Sunday family lunches in winter.
What are the staples in your pantry now?
Flour, sugar and eggs
What is your earliest cooking memory?
Baking and cooking at Albury High School.
Which ingredients do you grow yourself?
We have always grown a seasonal veggie garden but we’ve been too busy since we opened the shop.
Which six people would you invite to dinner?
My husband, Keith Urban, Kath and Kim, Nigella Lawson and Julia Child.
What is your favourite foodie ritual?
During winter we do baked potatoes in our open fire with the extended family. It is a tradition that started in our family home growing up in East Albury.
What are you bingeing on TV? If anything.
Bride and Prejudice
What did you have for dinner last night?
Chicken san choy bow. Paige made it and Abbey cut up watermelon for dessert.
What are you drinking at the moment?
You may like to try this:
The Cake Cottage Albury-Wodonga,
627 Dean Street, Albury
Phone: 0437 598 786