If you’re looking for perfectly baked cupcakes and authentic Italian pasta, there’s a cafe in Westmeadows that ticks all of the boxes: Mayflour. We caught up with the owner, Kris, to hear all about the Mayflour story.
My husband Pasquale and I own Mayflour[38 Fawkner Street, Westmeadows]. I do the cakes and the sweet stuff while he does the pasta.
My husband and I both previously worked in restaurants. My husband is from Italy and he worked and owned restaurants in Rome. He came out to Australia in 2000. We had a business from home making cupcakes which we would sell at markets. Then our kids started going to school, so we decided to cook together and open our own little shop where he gets to do what he likes to do, and I get to do what I like to do and we don’t get in each other’s way… usually!
It’s one big family really — the Mayflour family. It’s me, my husband and Liz who is a family friend. We all get along well and work really well together.
I wasn’t working when the kids were little, so I would just bake for birthdays and things like that. I would also make them for mothers’ group which would occur every week. The time came when I needed to go back to work and I didn’t want to go back to what I used to do. It’s not easy getting back into the workforce, so this became the next step.
We hope that our customers feel like they’ve popped in at a friend’s house! That’s what we want the feeling to be — homely and friendly.
What makes Mayflour so unique is that everything is homemade — the cupcakes, the pasta, everything. I think that is pretty rare. I didn’t realise how rare it is until I started looking into it. Some bigger cupcake stores use packet mix and I was really surprised. I think most people would be surprised. So that’s one thing we offer here at Mayflour that other places may not. Everything is made onsite. We put in many hours in preparing everything we offer onsite, but it makes a big difference. I get in at 4:30–5am to bake, while my husband gets the kids ready for school, then he comes in and starts on the pasta. Some days get busy — it’s a well-oiled machine!
My favourite cupcake is the coconut cupcake. I like them a lot. I actually have a cupcake every day and have done for the past five years. I’m the biggest sweet tooth, and I still love cupcakes. Any pasta my husband makes is amazing but maybe the gnocchi.
The peanut butter and jam cupcake is really good. But I’d say the lemon meringue and red velvet cupcakes are the most popular. In terms of pasta, the gnocchi and risotto are very popular. Actually the chicken salad and the risotto have been on the menu from day one, and if the gnocchi wasn’t on the menu, I think our customers might have something to say about it!
For pasta, it depends on what is fresh and in season and what Pasquale is feeling at the time. He loves this — it keeps things fresh and keeps him interested.
I experiment with different cupcake flavours. There are so many flavours now, and you have to give people what they want. I try to throw a new one in here and there, like the Ferrero Roche cupcake.
Yes, Megan Gale has come in quite a bit. She has family who used to live around the corner, so they used to come in quite a bit for coffee and cupcakes. She liked the peanut butter and red velvet cupcakes. Brynne Edelsten has had lunch here too.
We’re locals of the City of Hume and it’s just a nice little village. We were so lucky to have this shop come up because it’s the perfect spot. Having small children when we first started out meant that the store had to be close and easy. It’s great seeing locals at our store and being locals ourselves of the same area. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I love feeling at home here. I’ve moved around a lot in my life, and it’s nice to be a local of this area and know everyone.
I just feel so lucky. We had this idea and things took off really quickly so it worked. After five years we’re still here. I used to have the school mums come over for coffee and cupcakes before the school pick-up and Mayflour has become an extension of that. When people come here, I want it to be like they are coming to someone’s home. We want to give people genuine, authentic Italian food and good cupcakes in a homely environment.