4 Little Piggies came to our attention during the Great Tasmanian Cupcake Challenge, which was really just a question we posed on our Facebook page! We were bombarded with suggestions, and the clear front-runner from the Best in Tassie cupcake challenge was 4 Little Piggies. So we thought we’d find out more, given so many people gave the business such a glowing endorsement.
4 Little Piggies: Cupcakes in Devonport
We now know that Nicki Sharp is the culinary talent behind 4 Little Piggies. Born on the west coast of Tasmania, Nicki lived in Zeehan until she was nine, then moved with her family to Devonport. She was taught to cook by her mum, and those early years led to a permanent interest in baking. Nicki’s mum now lives at Clarence Point in the Tamar Valley region (across the Tamar River from George Town) and has been baking Christmas puddings for 4 Little Piggies this year.
Nicki met her husband Nathan (who originally hails from Hobart) in Strahan, where the pair lived for a few years before settling in Devonport. Nicki worked as a medical receptionist until she and hubby had children… four of them!
Inspiration in the Kitchen
And there you have the inspiration for the business name. Her very own 4 little piggies! Obviously said in jest, because the kids are simply gorgeous. The eldest “piggie” is ten and the youngest is just three, so Nicki is clearly a super-mum who can tackle multiple jobs at once.
The inspiration to start 4 Little Piggies came early this year. Knowing she was a whiz in the kitchen, friends asked Nicki to make their wedding cake. Nicki took the responsibility on board, and began a baking research mission. The whole experience reinforced her love of cooking and in particular, a passion for making cupcakes.
Order, Then Collect in Devonport
These days, Nicki runs her very successful cupcake business from home. Her regular baking day is Friday, when she cooks up a storm in her kitchen. Customers then collect their pre-ordered goodies (most of which are organised via the 4 Little Piggies Facebook page) from Ambleside in Devonport.
Customers without social media skills aren’t forgotten though, as Nicki also accepts orders by phone (6427 0523 or 0407 859 693) and email. Some customers are so keen to get their hands on these gorgeous cupcakes, they even arrange delivery.
Besides the weekly cupcake-baking, Nicki takes special orders for birthday cakes and catering, and works through the night to have fresh cakes baked for markets. 4 Little Piggies is a regular stall-holder at the Bumps Bubs & Beyond Markets at Latrobe Memorial Hall. There’s also negotiations happening with the coordinators of the Axemans’ Makers Market (also in Latrobe) for next year.
The Future: Nicki and 4 Little Piggies
One day, when her 4 little piggies are a bit older, Nicki has dreams of opening a retail outlet to sell her cupcakes and possibly some other sweet treats. But for now, she’s content to promote the variety of products available on her Facebook page, and take orders from her growing base of dedicated customers.
And we must thank those very fans for leading us to this article about 4 Little Piggies. We’re very happy to share information about great local business owners; especially generous people like Nicki. To say thanks to all her supporters and readers of Think Tasmania, she’s offered to give away a dozen of her scrumptious morsels.
But we’ll save the details about that for another day. We have so many giveaway opportunities on the website at the moment leading up to Christmas, you might be overwhelmed with another one! So watch this space. And in the meantime, if you have any feedback about the range of cupcakes made by 4 Little Piggies, we’d love you to share your thoughts here so everyone can see.
Head to 4 Little Piggies on Facebook and look for the cupcake bouquet. Nicki is planning to give away one of the stunning creations when she has 1000 likers. Share the photo with your friends and make it happen.
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