Smashcake Founder- Kylene Lovat
Australian Small Business Champion WINNER 2022
Kylene’s chocolate story....
"At age 8 after watching Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, I made myself a promise to build a life & career surrounded by chocolate..
That same year (1980) my dream took off in my parents kitchen at Georges Hall. I began dabbling with hand made chocolates created using a chocolate making show bag from the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The chocolate dream was fully ignited & since there’s been no turning back.
My first job when I left school was with The Hilton Sydney, working in the dessert bar of the iconic Marketplace Restaurant -then followed by a chocolatiers dream job at Death By Chocolate, as kitchen team leader at Neutral Bay/ Bondi & New Zealand.
At age 20 I
branched out with my first chocolate business, Choc-elite, making personalised
chocolate bonbonierre for Sydney brides, advertising with Bride-to-Be magazine. It was here that I established a
following & reputation as a young chocolatier for my unique & customised hand
made chocolate products.
Next came my business venture ,Freckles Hand Made Chocolates, where I was lucky enough to supply gourmet food establishments around the inner city & eastern suburbs of Sydney, with my hand made chocolate products (my chocolate coconut ganache & gourmet crackles are still in demand with customers who were on the chocolate journey with me circa 2009!)
The SMASHCAKE®️ dream
came about in 2009 when I saw an opportunity in the market for a world first
online chocolate store exclusively selling chocolate pinata Smashcakes
Ten years later the rest is sweet history & I feel like I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world going to work every day, doing something that I love so passionately.
I've had requests to train other Smashcake makers across Australia & the world & it's bought me much joy to also work in this area.
I'm proud to have been trusted to make Smashcakes for iconic brands including Charlie & The Chocolate Factory- The Musical, Darrell Lea, Chupa Chups, Violet Crumble, Versace ,Disney, STAN, Paramount, NRL, AFL, UFC, NBL, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, WSFM (Amanda & Jonesy), LG (Tone), Taubman's, Cetaphin, Hilton Hotels, The Iconic, Hyundai, MG Motors, GWS Giants, Taubman's, AllKinds, Amo Ferragomo and many more..
Above all, making Smashcakes for the kids of Sydney is the most rewarding & favourite part of what I do! The thank you's, the smiles & the pure delight that my Smashcakes invite make every day a dream come true.
Below are a few blogs about my Smashcake jouney!