Sticky Fingers Bakery
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Soulful, earthy and seasonal baking.

Hayley McKee is a cookbook author and owner of Sticky Fingers Bakery, established in 2010. She is passionate about creating sweets that taste of nature, where the ingredients are familiar, the colouring is genuine, and the flavours are unmasked. Her unique custom cakes are made with Australian native ingredients, vegetables, homegrown herbs and edible flowers.

Hayley has had recipes and writing featured in both international and local press, including Vogue, Food52, The Washington Post, frankie magazine, Peppermint, and Real Living.

She's hosted unique dessert pop-up events and baked for the likes of J.K. Rowling, The Australian Ballet, Romance Was Born, and Beci Orpin’s book Find and Keep. She made the cover of Epicure/GoodFood in 2016, ranked number 1 for Melbourne wedding cakes.

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Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb invites your imagination to travel out of the kitchen and into the garden. Almost sixty recipes celebrate vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in cakes and other sweet snacks. Tips on how to harness their unique flavours, prep them for baking and even grow them yourself will inspire you to create flavour-packed baked treats.

Recipes such as Spiced Parsnip & Willow Blossom cake; Porcini Caramel & Chestnut cake; Apple Cider and Zucchini muffins; Lavender Bay Leaf shortbread; Sweet Pea & Green Tea cake; Hibiscus brownies; and Lemon Myrtle & Fennel Seed honey cake, will get you thinking about your garden produce in a whole new way.

Broken into five chapters, including: Real Baking Know-how, Vegetables in Baked Desserts, and Edible Flowers & Herbs in Baked Desserts, each recipe includes a beginner gardening tip or trick so you can grow the produce you bake with. This is baking as it should be – soulful, earthy and seasonal, in Hayley's signature, delicious style.

Available Australia-wide via Readings, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Myers and your local bookshop.

For international orders, head to Amazon.


News & Events

Coming up …

Baking with Vegetables, Edible Flowers & Herbs @ The Essential Ingredient Cooking School
Sunday, May 5th 2019

A hand-on one day cooking class, teaching all the tricks and ingredient inspiration from my cookbook Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb.

I’ll be sharing my tips on harnessing the unique flavours of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in cakes and other baked treats such as porcini caramel cake, a black forest cake made with a native hibiscus syrup, and a honey cake made with fennel and lemon myrtle.

Booking is essential. Tickets now on sale.

Past events …

Creative Mornings @ The Commons, Collingwood
Friday, December 21st 2018

“Joining us on the theme of tradition, Hayley will be speaking about how she in the business of something incredibly traditional: cakes. But how she actively bends the common modes of running a bakery and uses lateral thinking to create new ways of fostering a sweet community.”

Wimble Street Cookbook Volume 01: Baking

This cookbook was created to raise funds for the tiny little Wimble Street Childcare Co-operative, in Parkville. There are some incredible contributors sharing their favourite recipes, including Emiko Davies, Hetty McKinnon, Hayley McKee, Julia Ostro and more.

To purchase, follow the link.

Book Signing @ Books for Cooks
Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Sweet Set @ Grub Fitzroy
Sunday, September 9th 2018

Pop-up Bakery @ Tiggy Cafe
March 2018

"A place where good tunes and good coffee have an equal ranking to the cookie of the day."

You're invited to a laid-back nook serving up a rotating menu of baked desserts, straight from the Sticky Fingers Green Thumb cookbook.

Each week has a different menu, championing local suppliers, the best seasonal produce and Hayley's signature baking style. 

Tuck into a Spiced Parsnip & Blossom cake, a hot and freshly baked Miso Eggplant brownie, Peach & Pickled Petal financier or a warm wedge of Honeysuckle Brioche pie. A dollop of cream is always encouraged.

Saturday's in March
3rd ––10th —17th
10am – 2pm or until sold out

Coffee by Wood & Co.