Albany cake whiz releases book full of recipes for her signature sweet treats

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Peter Watson launched Trish Flowers’ latest book, Cake on Saturday evening.
Camera IconPeter Watson launched Trish Flowers’ latest book, Cake on Saturday evening. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany woman Trish Flowers has been whipping up a storm in kitchens around Albany creating all sorts of cakes for a quarter of a century.

Now retired, Ms Flowers has just launched her third recipe book revealing the secrets to 19 of the sweet treats she has spent 25 years perfecting.

Simply titled Cake, the recipe book traces her cake journey from childhood to Gomm Cottage, Rookleys and Bay Merchants.

Ms Flowers moved from Perth to Albany in 1986.

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“We bought this property in Kalgan, a beautiful old stone cottage which we restored, then in 1990 my husband got sick and I had two little children so I thought this is going to be a bit tricky and decided to open my house and garden to the public,” she said.

“I started making cakes and selling tea and coffee in the garden and some rooms of the house which was a beautiful, quaint, gorgeous stone cottage and people responded to that — they loved it. We served our cakes on beautiful old china plates.

“It was very, very special, people still remember those days.”

In 1995, she started at Rookleys — now Frederick’s Cafe — before moving to Bay Merchants in Middleton Beach.

“The cakes that I make aren’t the gooey ones with pink icing, they’re what we call ‘real cakes’, cakes like grandma used to make, really natural and beautiful but they taste good,” Ms Flowers said.

Trish Flowers' date slice.
Camera IconTrish Flowers' date slice. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The recipe for Trish’s Famous Date Slice is revealed in the book, secret ingredients and all.

“At Rookleys in 1995, a lovely lady Hazel came in one day just out of the blue and gave me a tray of her date slice she had made, gave me the recipe and I’ve made that for 20 years,” she said.

“I took it to Bay Merchants and it became known as Trish’s Famous Date Slice but it was actually Hazel’s recipe,

“It’s just a perfect date slice. The secret ingredients are lemon rind and lemon juice and the crumble on top, it’s really lovely.”

Ms Flowers said Cake had been on the drawing board for a while.

“It’s been simmering for a while During COVID-19, I decided to get myself organised and finish it,” she said.

“It’s the recognition of the past and especially my family and my grandmother, it’s a combination of my career really.”

Ms Flowers teamed up with two local women to publish the small book.

In her first foray into professional photography, Deb Zafir has created a visual feast and in lieu of her fee, a donation will be given to Albany Community Hospice.

Graphic designer Sheryl Stephens is no newcomer to book design and has worked with Ms Flowers on all of her three previous books.

The book costs $25 at Paperbark Merchants, Bay Merchants, and Rosemary and Thyme, with $5 from each sale donated to the hospice.

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