Heartsoul Desserts

The Heart and Soul of my Baking Journey coming alive

At The Handmade Show

At The Handmade Show

The Handmade Show : market stall selling baked goods
St Anthony’s Church Hall
corner Glenhuntly and Neerim roads
10.30am – 3.30pm, every third Saturday of the month

NEXT MARKET DATE:  September 21st

Heartsoul Desserts supporting the Big Cake Bake


Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year again.. We’re baking to support such a worthy cause..

All donations raised from Big Cake Bake will support the everyday work of the Australian Red Cross, including programs and services to help some of the most vulnerable people in Australia and further afield.


I will be selling 3 types of cupcakes (Red velvet, Lemon cheesecake AND Chocolate orange/Jaffa – In line with the charity promo colours), $20 for a gift box of 6 standard OR $25 for a gift box of 12 mini available to be picked up on Saturday 21st September at The Handmade Show (between 10.30am and 3.30pm). $5 from each sale will go towards the BigCakeBake charity.

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Here’s the official donation page: Heartsoul Desserts Bakes
If you would like to purchase the cupcake gift boxes, please contact me directly charmaine@heartsouldesserts.com and I will send you details on how to donate directly to the charity and the remainder payment to me. Thanks 😉

Hope to hear from you all soon!

xxx, Charmaine

It’s been awhile… But here I am.. Still standing!!

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to put up a short note about where I’ll be this Saturday, 20th April…
Finally managed to get my stuff together and will be selling some baked goods at The Handmade Show.

Event details

Please feel free to stop by to say hi and buy something if you’d like…
There will be goodie bags offered by the market to the first 100 customers, so you’d like to get in early to grab yourself one. There will be a discount voucher and treat from us in the goodie bag!!

Free entertainment, face painting and lots more beautiful handmade items, and the cafe will be open too!!

See you all there, xxx Charmaine

Another milestone…

Yahooooo!! Business cards have now been ordered.. logo completed and now it’s about finding the time to finish the website.. Thanks for all the support and stay tuned via my Facebook and Twitter accounts…

xxx Charmaine

I love what I do… how about you?


It’s now heading to the middle of the year.. how are you all going? Still soldiering on with your “new year” resolutions?

Well, I’m glad to say that I’m on my way.. the website is coming along beautifully and hopefully in a couple of weeks time, you’ll get to see a sneak preview of it..

Thanks for all your support and be sure to keep updated via Facebook or follow me on Twitter..

xxx, Charmaine

Step 2: Getting organised…

Hi Everyone.. It has been a crazy busy 2 months.. Updates updates:

  1. Working as a Chef with Peter Rowland Catering few times a week.. really learning a lot, with Production work and Events and Functions at their beautiful venues!!
  2. Finishing up work with William Angliss Institute, gosh.. time flies when you’re having fun..
  3. Finally registered my business name with Business Victoria
  4. Bought a .com, mynichegroup is designing and preparing my website, more to be revealed soon
  5. Still working at Food Festivals.. absolutely love it

Remember.. keep up to date with everything, follow me on Facebook and Twitter!!


6 months have gone by.. what next?

Hi Everyone.. been insanely busy the last 6 months.. just a quick update:

  1. Finished my course and now am a qualified Pastry Chef
  2. Moved house – nice new bigger oven.. WOOHOO!
  3. Found a job.. with William Angliss Short Courses working as the Communication Coordinator
  4. Been working with Peter Rowlands Major Events
  5. Still baking for friends and family .. orders have been coming in steadily..
  6. New Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/HeartsoulDesserts
  7. New Twitter account http://twitter.com/heartsoul_dsrts
  8. And all linked up to my WordPress account for updates

What’s next?

  1. Looking forward to upgrading my website
  2. Registering my kitchen??!!
  3. Registering my business
  4. Working harder to find a job in the Industry that allows me to grow (finding a mentor will be part of this too)
  5. Perhaps organising some baking classes for 2012..

Stay tuned!! xox Charms

Restaurant Review #1 – Claremont Cafe, Malvern

Cafe Claremont. 18/20 Outstanding.

  • Food Breakfast and Lunch
  • Where 5 Claremont Avenue, Malvern 3147
  • Phone 03 9500 1504
  • Cost B $5.50-$13, L $6-$15, Drinks $3.20-$6, Misc $4.50-$6 Unlicensed
  • Owner Carolyn and Alan Markham
  • Service Good
  • Vegetarian Yes
  • Outdoors Yes
  • Seats 25
  • Bookings Yes
  • Noise Low
  • Parking Ample street parking 
  • Wheelchairs No
  • Cards MC, Visa and EFTPOS
  • Hours Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, closed on weekends and Public Holidays

Score: 1-9: Unacceptable. 10-11: Just OK, some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Trully excellent. 18: Outstanding. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria’s best.



For the last three years, I walked by this cafe every day on the way to work and never actually stepped into it. One day as I walked home and smelt the freshly brewed coffee, I was curious and finally gave in. As I stepped into this quaint little cafe, the first thing I that struck me was how the friendly the staff were. They were genuinely interested in how my day went and after a couple of visits, they knew exactly who I was and how I wanted my coffee or meal served up.

It is located near Malvern train station and is only a walk away from the busy Glenferrie road shopping strip. It is the only cafe on this avenue and therefore is a great location for those living nearby. The owners come and go frequently and you will definitely see either one of them walking around talking to their customers as if they were long time friends.

A major draw card of this cafe is the consistency of the coffee and meals served. The serving size of their breakfast and lunch meals took me by surprise as it was never short of anything but wholesome goodness. You could tell straight away that everything here was made from scratch and definitely with love. Not only is it love for their customers but respect for the produce that they cook with.

From what I gathered after speaking to staff, some of the menu items came from meals cooked at home in the Markham family. The children’s menu consists of items that Carolyn’s mother Wendy had cooked for her as a child, of which Soldiers with ham and cheese is most popular.

Up to today, my favourite breakfast menu item is the Avocado with roasted tomatoes, feta served on toasted rye (with added mushrooms). At only $10 (additional for the mushrooms), the large white plate is stacked to the brim and it will definitely not leave you broken hearted.

If you are after something heartier, then perhaps the Lean beef burger with crispy bacon, fried onion, fresh tomato slices, lettuce, homemade aioli and tomato relish would be the one to go for. This burger tower served within a foccacia bun is one of the most popular menu items served up each day. At a bargain price of $13.50, you will definitely enjoy each mouthful down to the last drop of sauce on the plate.

Eventhough the menu may not be as extensive as some other cafes in the area, the cooks at Cafe Claremont does every item on that menu justice. From their daily homemade sandwiches to moorish quiches and hearty soups, there is a range large enough for every taste bud and dietary requirement. The food is unpretentious and the produce speaks for itself without all the usual unnecessary garnishes.

Cafe Claremont uses a Brazilian blend from Grinders Coffee which aroma fills the cafe when it is freshly ground. One of my favourite beverages is the Arkadia cinnamon chai latte which is made to perfection by the experienced baristas at Cafe Claremont.

The service is sometimes slow when they are busy during lunch but they handle themselves very well and there is always a smile on their face regardless of how stressed they may feel inside. The staff seem to have a keen sense of what they are doing at all times and have this uncanny connection with their customers. This attention to detail and genuine interest is one that guarantees return customers be it rain or sunshine. The cafe decor is inviting, cozy and warm especially on a cold rainy day and even on a hot summer’s day.

They recently started a new range of products ‘Too tired to cook’ and it is targeted at those who are in desperate need for some wholesome good food for dinner. It ranges from pies, lasagne, caseroles to quiches and soups. All at affordable prices.

This is definitely the place to be if you are longing for some friendly company and great food. I believe that life is too short to eat mediocre food and you will definitely feel very at home at this cafe I call my second home.

3 more weeks to go..

but until then, my updates have been minimal.. apologies everyone, just been so busy!!

promise to update you all with everything once I have a moment, which likely to be late June.. stay tuned! much love!!

2nd part to Pandan and Coconut series

So these are the last 2 recipes/posts for the Pandan and Coconut series that I wrote for CintaDapur.com.

Article #4: Fusion – Pandan Pannacotta with Coconut Jelly

Article #5: Traditional – Kueh Seri Muka (my favourite Nyonya kueh)

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