Sweet community support

The would-be wedding cake was transformed into 'happy lockdown' cakes.

A pastry chef from foothills township of The Basin spent all night Thursday preparing cakes for a wedding planned to take place on Saturday 13 February.

But when the news of a third lockdown came through, Mr Peake received his third call from the heartbroken bride, who had no choice but to reschedule her wedding for the third time since April last year. The only difference was this time, it was cut off within a days notice.

“I’ve never had any sort of situation like this. Normally the day before the wedding we are just trying to do all the last minute things. I had everything prepared on Thursday night ready to put it all together and put the flowers on to make it look beautiful,” Mr Peake said.

With an abundance of cake now just sitting in his kitchen, Mr Peake took to social media to see if any hills residents could help take some of the sweets off his hands.

“I am just one example of the many industries affected. It’s a shame, there is such a flow on effect for businesses,” he said.

“I ended up utilising all the cake prepared for the wedding in five different cake orders. I am so grateful for the wonderful hills community for the last minute show of support. It was just incredible.

The would-be wedding cakes were turned into cakes fit for the occasion, with some residents requesting ‘Happy Lockdown’ to surprise their neighbours, and another purchasing a cake for an anniversary.

Mr Peake said he had deliveries in Ferny Creek, Belgrave and The Basin.

“Everyone was grateful for the last minute option but also really wanted to support people who had been affected by the lockdown. That’s the message I was getting from them, people were wanting to reach out and find the businesses that need help and support,” he said.

“It’s great that people pull together and support each other in tough times. My heart just hurts for the poor bride who had to cancel,” he said.