Meet Our Makers: Ange McCauley

Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

This month we meet Angela McCauley, owner of Sugar Lane Cake Company.

this month at walcha handmade, we meet angela mccauley

Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.

I have always loved to bake.  From the age of 10, I used to love flicking through my mum’s Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake recipe book and baking and decorating my own birthday cakes.

After attending a business college in Sydney and working in an office, I realised that business wasn’t the right career path for me. I decided I needed to do something involving my passion for baking so I took up an apprenticeship as a pastry chef. After four years I completed my apprenticeship with high distinction, taking out first place in Regional World Skills and Second in National, and placing 8th at the Junior Pastry Chef World Cup in Italy.

I now love the not-so-fast paced lifestyle in Walcha, where I can bake at my leisure for Walcha Handmade.

I’ve gotten into sewing as when I first moved up to Walcha from Sydney, a year and a half ago, I found I had a lot of free time, so I bought a sewing machine and taught myself to sew.

Tell us a little about your home & family life.

I am a nanny for an amazing family of four beautiful children. My inspiration for my sewing projects comes from the three gorgeous girls.

pink floral handmade dresses by Angela McCauley

blue and pink floral dress by Angela McCauley

Where did your business name come from?

My business name for my cakes is Sugar Lane Cake Company. This came about when I was doing stalls in Sydney and needed to quickly come up with a name. Nothing too exciting!

What materials do you use?

I only use fresh, good quality ingredients. The best thing about being a pastry chef and living on a farm is access to fresh free range eggs 24/7.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on children’s pyjama sets.

cakes made by angela mccauley

What is your creative space like? What kinds of things happen there?

I have a room dedicated to all my sewing projects, although I have acquired so much material that I have now moved my sewing machine into the living room!

Thanks, Ange, for sharing a little bit about yourself!

Workshop News: August 2015

We have some fun workshops coming up!

disappering nine

Tonya has commenced her fortnightly, two hour, ‘Learn to Crochet’ workshops this month!

These regular classes are open to those of all ages and all levels or ‘crochet expertise’. Come along as often as you like … from every fortnight or to just whenever you can.
Classes run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Tonya provides morning tea and materials (or you can bring your own).

The cost is $15 per person/per day.  To book for a day, or for more information, please call Tonya on 0413 652 138.

Leanne will be running a quilting workshop on Sunday 23rd August.

The ‘Disappearing Nine Patch’ is a simple variation on the traditional nine-patch block, is very easy to make, and looks impressive when finished.

This class will run from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Morning tea is provided, with a BYO lunch.  Places are limited, and as this is a ‘suitable for all levels’ workshop, spaces will fill up quickly.

Cost is $30.00 per person, so please contact Leanne to book your spot on 6777 2911 or 0407 244 860 (evenings preferred) or email lavenderpatch@bigpond.com.

And finally, Ange McCauley will be running a cupcake decorating workshop for kids – more details coming soon!

For more details on these workshops, or to find out how you can host your own, please pop on over to our Upcoming Workshops page for more details.