Bondie Designer Cupcakes started with a first birthday party for Chanelle and Joe Bond’s daughter. Seven years later, she has progressed from juggling a high paying job in real estate with responses to requests for her cakes and cupcakes, through regular appearances at markets (Coatesville, Takapuna) and special events, to a opening a store on the edge of Hurstmere Green at the beginning of September.
Bondie was originally scheduled to open in Takapuna in February. At that stage Takapuna was a cupcake-free zone. Now, she says, Takapuna is a cupcake war zone. She became worried that Bondie was last into the market. A recent appearance at The Chocolate and Coffee Show, where there were also other cupcakes on offer, eased her fears. “We have a good following,” she says confidently, and each cupcake outlet has its own style and niche.