Amy cooked up a business that takes the cake

Amy Colling with her kids, Eli, Ashton and Olivia.
Amy Colling with her kids, Eli, Ashton and Olivia. Adam Hourigan

AMY Colling is on the clock 24/7.

From the minute she opens her eyes in the morning, it's go, go, go.

As if this Grafton mum didn't have enough on her plate bringing up three children under five, she runs her own business from home and does the books for her husband Jay's business, Power's Rego and Mechanical.

A qualified chef, Amy was always in full-time work until her three gorgeous children, Eli, Olivia and Ashton, came along.

Despite having her hands pretty well full, the career-driven Amy was convinced she could do more.

"And so Amy Cakes was born," Amy said.

"I was going to go back to work; I needed a creative outlet.

"I started making my kids' birthday cakes and everyone loved them and so I would do them for friends and family, making them for their kids.

"Then a girlfriend set up a Facebook page for me and it's just taken off."

That was 13 months ago.

Now, Amy is booked out for the rest of the year for novelty cakes.

She said her baking was a chance to do what she loved and get that sense of accomplishment that came with completing a project.

"With kids, you tend to do the same thing over and over and then you've got to do it all over again.

"My cakes are something I can do, I can see the finished product and see it go; it's a sense of fulfilment."

So how does she manage to get the kids ready for school, do the drop-offs, get to the gym, bake up a storm, pick up the kids, do the sport run, get home, feed the kids, put them to bed, finish her cakes, do the books for the mechanical business plus keep the house in order?

"It's orderly chaos," she said. "Jay is really good, he works extremely hard and knows my job is just as hard."

The secret to keeping her sanity in such a hectic lifestyle, was saying "No".

"You get to the point when you have to say no, and couldn't do it any other way," Amy said.

"Having children can be hard, but at the same time it's the most rewarding thing you will do."

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