Roslyn Niblock is a self-confessed crazy cake lady! A serial baker she spends her time visualising the most incredible creative cakes and then sets to work in her home kitchen bringing her ideas to life. A confectionary genius her cake designs range from giant cacti to large layered cakes covered in metallic drip icing and perfectly decorated within an inch of their life.
Roslyn’s cakes are not your average cake shop treat with designs ranging from the unusual to the macabre she loves a design challenge.
You may recognise Roslyn as a friendly face from The North Port one of Perth’s most established eateries. Roslyn started at the North Port five years ago as a part timer during her studies and has grown to be a valued member of the team and regards her work colleagues as family.
Although it can be difficult juggling her full time business Cake 32 along with her part time work Roslyn is a glutton for punishment and her hard work and dedication shine through making her one of the leading bakers in Perthshire!
Growing up in a tiny wee village called Glenuig on the west coast of Scotland near Mallaig, Roslyn appreciates the peace and quiet of the countryside. During her down time Roslyn likes to spend weekends relaxing with her fiancé and taking their British Bulldog for a walk in the Perthshire Countryside followed by a relaxing coffee at Devlinos or a tasty Espresso Martini at Tapa Vi.
We loved getting an insight into the day to day of Roslyn Niblock and her thriving business, we hope you do too!
Tell us the weirdest / funniest thing that has ever happened to you at work?
I was once asked to make a cake for someone who was a bit “stabby” apparently she was lovely but just got angry really easy and they wanted a cake to match her personality. Making drip cakes is one of my signatures so I made a red drip cake with a massive knife stabbed in the middle of the cake. It was pretty cool and turned out better than I was expecting but still quite weird!!
What signals the start of your days off?
my day is usually spent planning an adventure with my handsome dog Begbie, and my fiancée Matt. We love to go on big walks with the dog. He literally never tires! He is a 30kg Olde English bulldog and the softest slobbery thing you’ll ever meet. After an energetic day, in the evening, I like to have a glass of wine whilst making something for dinner. I love cooking. I like to think I have mastered the art of Asian cooking. I love making sushi, dumplings, curries, and anything spicy!
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I am fluent in Gaelic, I went to an all Gaelic primary school. We weren’t allowed to speak English at all until I went to high school. At the time I thought it was pretty pointless however, now I am so glad I can speak it. I also have a really weird phobia of prawns! I’ve genuinely never tried one but I don’t even like to look at them. They creep me out!
What is at the top of your bucket list?
I always said I would move to Australia. My sister lives there and when I was 20 I took a year out and went to visit her. I just fell in love with it so much. I love the sun, the beaches the food, there are literally so many amazing cake decorators and amazing pastry chefs that inspire me. I could ramble on about it forever!
Whilst I was there I tried to learn to surf but I’m literally the clumsiest person ever so sadly it didn’t work out so well!!
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
I don’t think I have ever really had and terrible jobs. I few questionable café jobs when I was like 18 but apart from that I’ve always been quite lucky!
Who or what inspires you?
I spend my life thinking, eating, and looking at cake and food. I have a lot of food idols! One of my favourites has got to be Katherine Sabbath. She is an Australian high school teacher turned cake decorator. I just love her! She makes the most quirky, bright and crazy looking cakes. Also, she always looks like an absolute queen!
Tell us about the day you’d love to live again. What would be your groundhog day, one you would never tire of living over and over?
Matt and I went on a picnic day last year and it was just the most perfect day. We sat by the river with lots of snacks and wine. The dog splashed about in the water for hours. He was exhausted. We were all very content.
What’s the best part about your job?
Aw there is loads, I love trying out something new and it works! I’m usually pretty chuffed with myself! I love it when someone gives me free reign and I can really experiment with things and go a bit mad.
Complete this sentence; the best things in life are…
Dogs, cake, family & friends!
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