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Happy 60th Salty!

Peter Brine is a beloved son, an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, once the owner of Townsville’s prestigious Salt Cellar restaurant, a wine sommelier, the owner of A Touch Of Salt, a player for England’s Middlesbrough football club, my friend and most recently the birthday boy that turned 60!


When the request came through for his 60th birthday cake it was to be carrot cake, not covered with fondant but included a football theme. I started a little research to get the full idea of how the football theme should be incorporated. To me he is one of the many great personalities behind the Salt Cellar and A Touch of Salt restaurants. But, quickly I learned his life involved much more than owning these two top-notch restaurants. The internet was littered with stories and pictures about his successful football career in the late 60’s and 70’s for the Middlesbrough team in England, where his teammates dubbed him “Salty”. There was so much I didn’t know about this wonderful gent whom I call friend.


It was tempting to just showcase his football career the cake, but in his 60 years there is a lot more to his life than football. He’s from England, when did he come to Australia? When did his beautiful wife, Christine, come into his picture? After thinking about these questions I decided to create a little story with a few of life’s highlights that make the Mr. Peter Brine that we know today! In 1953 Mr and Mrs Brine welcomed him into the world, he married to beautiful Chris in 1974, had the boys in ’76 and ’79 and then farewelled England and called Australia home in 1980.




Discovering Pete’s successful football career was a wonderful surprise. What would others be surprised to hear about you?


Oh Its So Good to Be Back


Wow!  It has been over a year since we’ve chatted!  We have a lot to catch up on so… Let’s get to it!

Well, we don’t need to discuss what has been keeping me away from posting.  The 4-letter word in the company name is to blame…      CAKE!  My sincerest apologies, however the bright side is there will be plenty of sweet posts for you to read.

Now that the apologies have been said.  I MUST add that I am extremely thrilled to be back.  I am ever more ecstatic that you have joined the New York Cake Co. journey of cake creations.  So to those of you that have been following: thank you for your patience.  To the new people who’ve recently come aboard: Welcome!

There are hundreds of photos that I want to share with you!  Where do I start?  With a cake that has hundreds of blue edible buttons all over it.  For days I was making blue buttons in four different shades to create this blue ombre of cascading buttons.  They were created from little moulds that equate to hours and hours of sitting, kneading, pressing and pulling and repeat and repeat… Hopefully you get the idea!

Sarah & Ivan met me at a local cafe to discuss their wedding cake.  With me I brought some samples.  They took the samples and said they’d continue to sample other companies and let me know in a few weeks.  In a short time, Sarah called saying “Never before have I tasted such a smooth and light ganache, how can we book our order?!”  Great!

To Ivan & Sarah: Congratulations!

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