The phrase "going like hotcakes" may have vague roots in reality, but the proof of yesterday's charity cake auction for The Children's Hospital at Westmead at Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolat is in the selling.
With the help of Tom Tilly, radio journalist, auctioneer and one time dater of Poh from the Masterchef competition, Zumbo raised over $1000 from the sales of his sweet Masterchef creations including:
Suspect number 1: Croquembouche
Consisting of around 100 profiteroles, spun sugar and violets from Zumbo's own garden patch, this baby was sold to Michael Azrak of Bass Hill for $400. Michael's plan was reportedly to give each family member a fork and count down from 10.
Suspect number 2: Tonka bean pannacotta with passionfruit slick and macarons
Sold for a boob-wobbling $55, topped with gold leaf and resplendent in golden passionfruit slick - it was consumed on the spot (though in not quite the same fashion as the boys from Jonah's Whale Beach would have you do it - consumed in one mouthful.)
look ma, no hands! Taste of Sydney festival, 2009
Suspect number 3: Chocolate Mousse Cake
Touted as one of the most difficult pressure tests of the entire Masterchef Australia series, the mousse cake was divided and sold as slices, allowing more than one fan to sample the 7-layered monster.
The most expensive slice went for a cool $125, to Ana Yiannikas from Balmain, who told fooderati that she jumped on the Masterchef website as soon as the show finished to see how she could, ah, get a slice of the action.
Another happy customer, winner Trissa with Lorraine from NotQuiteNigella.
Whilst it hasn't been confirmed if the Children's Hospital at Westmead plan to allocate this donation to the new childhood obesity and dietry ward, media officer and Masterchef fan Julie Law assures fooderati that the donation is gladly accepted and will go to good use.