Today I want to introduce you to two girls – Vera Straschek & Elisabeth Köhl – from Graz and who have the power to place a whole city in a beautiful draped diabetic coma: I’m talking about Mehlspeisenfräulein. These two power girls have taken the city by storm with their Pop-up Bakeries selling the most delicious cakes, cupcakes, tarts and much more. Because I’m always a fan of girls going big with their dreams I asked them some questions in my very first interview on theriswardrobe.com!
So Enjoy and Bon Appétit!
Vera (4th from left) & Elisabeth (3rd from right)
Why did you start a pop-up bakery?
We started the Pop Up Bakeries because we liked to bake and try new recipes. Our friends and families were our “test-subjects”, but eventually we exhausted their sweet cravings and needed to find new people to help us with that.That’s how the idea of the first “pop up bakery” was born.
How would you describe Mehlspeisenfräulein?
That’s quite difficult! We are two girls who live to bake. Our pastries have traditional roots with a new and modern twist. It’s important to us that it looks good, but tastes even better.
We stay away from artificial ingredients and the quality of our products is very important to us.
What does your daily routine look like as a Mehlspeisenfräulein?
Because we are still studying we don’t have a certain routine. We bake when we get a request. When we have big projects like weddings for example, we start with the shopping (groceries and also decorations) and then the baking starts. On the wedding day we finish the cake and deliver it to the venue where the last check and the final decoration with fresh flowers take place.
What do you love most about your job and does it have a downside too?
Vera: The creativity. I really like to create new things or try out new recipes and new cake styles. You can experiment a lot and try new things. Also to create something from scratch and see the finished product is very satisfying for me. The moment when you see the happy customer really makes me proud. Right now there is no downside for me, maybe because we are not dependent the income from Mehlspeisenfräulein.
Lisi: I really love the whole baking process and all the activities around it: getting a request and talking to our customers about their wishes to buying flowers at the farmers market for decoration. It’s amazing to see what you can make with some eggs, sugar and flour. The downside is that it’s really hard physical work sometimes, everything is made by hand, but when you see the final decorated cake you know why you were working so hard.
Who taught you to bake?
Our mothers and grandmothers were really good at baking. We both grew up with homemade cakes and fresh pastries. We never ate a store-bought cakes at home!
Do you have any favourite pastry?
Lisi: My favourite is the “Schoko-Obers”-Cake from my Mum. It’s amazing! No birthday is complete without it!
Vera: I really love a tangy lemon merengue pie – the combination of sweet-sour. I also love dark chocolate – like a dark chocolate tart or brownie.
What are your plans for the future of Mehlspeisenfräulein and where can pastry-lovers expect to find the next pop-up-bakery?
Currently, our future plans are along the lines of writing a baking book together. That’s going to be our next big project. We always change our location so we really don’t know where the next pop up bakery going to take place. But we definitely want to come back to Vienna again 🙂
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*pictures by Hana Sazu