A quick scroll through Katherine Sabbath’s Instagram account works only to better your mood. After all, each photo is punctuated by sugar, big smiles and colour like confetti.
Sabbath, of course, is a baker; her cakes the bedrocks of a social media presence defined by the outrageous and the creative. Food, from her point of view, should be fun. In a world where wellness is an industry in and of itself and conversations about being the best version of ourselves are implicitly tied to how we eat, Sabbath’s message is a refreshing one.
Food is fun. So is baking. Fill your life with colour.
You would think, with all of this in mind, that Sabbath has been doing this her whole life. With 410,000 Instagram followers and counting and cakes that look more like pieces of artwork than edible birthday treats, she appears, well seasoned. Instead, it took many years and entirely different career path for the baking phenomenon to make a living and a career out of the one thing she loves most in the world.
In an interview with Mamamia in our latest Trail Blazers video series (scroll to see), Sabbath says today she would describe herself as a “proud home baker, teacher and cookbook author”.
Oh, and someone who is “living their dream life”.
Three years ago however, she was juggling a job, a side hustle and facing the crossroads that is dropping one for the other.
“I used to be a high school teacher. [I taught] history, geography, society and culture and commerce,” she told Mamamia. “But baking was always my passion and I would bake whenever I had a spare chance.”
In 2013, when Instagram was far less a shiny medium full of filters and perfect lives, Sabbath – a “self-confessed sprinkle-covered, sticky-fingered, bake-aholic” – decided she would start uploading photos of her cakes.
“I thought, well, I’ll just upload photos of my cakes on Instagram and Facebook and I started to develop a portfolio without even realising,” she told us.
“My cake style is fun, expressive and also bespoke. There’s nothing better than giving someone a cake made especially for them.”