Written by Hannah Pronesti.
Scrolling through Caroline Khoo’s Instagram, I have to remind myself not to drool. The Melbourne based dessert designer’s profile Nectar and Stone is filled with luscious looking chocolates in candy colours, and mouthwatering cakes topped with perfectly shaped dollops of icing. Just looking at them is enough to send any sweet tooth into overdrive.
Its been a year since Caroline started Nectar and Stone and her 37,000 plus followers on Instagram are a good indication of her success. “I started it knowing it was going to be something if I committed myself 110%, I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly!” Caroline admits.
Prior to venturing into the world of desserts Caroline worked in fashion, spending her time amongst shoes and bags. It wasn’t until she had her two sons that she began the baking experiments that would eventually lead to Nectar and Stone. “I’ve always been a foodie at heart and I actually do a lot of savoury dishes at home, so the interest has always been there.”
Caroline’s background in fashion has clearly had an impact on the presentation of her aesthetically beautiful desserts. “Colour has always been such a big thing in my life. For me, when it comes to food, I think you eat with your eyes first. It’s a very visual experience and has to look appealing and of course be backed by flavor as well.”
Sighting her signature pyramid chocolates as her most popular product at the moment, she says the demand for weddings and engagement parties is huge. “My calendar is booked until December next year – it’s a little crazy! Clients will beg and change dates just to get a booking.”
Working alone from her studio, Caroline says balancing Nectar and Stone with her family life is a bit of juggling act, but with the support of her husband Nick who is now on board taking care of the operational side of the business, she manages to keep producing beautiful chocolates and cakes for clients.
So, what’s next for Nectar and Stone? “I’d love to have some sort of…well I call it a Cakery. Some sort of boutique Cakery where girls like your self can come and enjoy a stylish coffee and dessert.” After all, the Nectar and Stone philosophy is all about creating desserts that ‘embody sophistication and femininity’ and Caroline adds,“I can tell by the way people comment on Instagram, locally and internationally, that what I do isn’t very common so it’d be nice for the Cakery to happen.”
Speaking of cake, the day I caught up with Caroline marked the first birthday of Nectar and Stone, which happens to be Caroline’s birthday as well. Surely this calls for some kind of celebration? “Everyone that comes to visit today is forced to eat a piece of cake, and then they force me to eat one with them because they don’t want to eat cake alone!” Caroline laughs, “I’m all caked out!” Too much cake? Is it even possible!?