Hot in the City: Formulab cakes are what sweet dreams are made of

Sophia Brady 26 July 2021 16
Maltesers Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Formulab’s mouthwatering Maltesers Chocolate Chiffon Cake. Photos: Supplied.

What do you get when you combine a fine-dining pastry chef with a background in industrial and graphic design with the uncertainty of COVID-19 lockdowns?

In the case of local JC Lua, you get Formulab! It’s a newly launched online business specialising in experimental dessert flavours.

The professional dessert chef puts his creativity to the test at The Boat House, but he’s always dreamt of owning his own business.

JC Lua

Local JC Lua, is the face and the driving force behind Formulab.

“It all started from a goal and dream of mine as a dessert chef to have my own dessert-only restaurant or business someday. Ultimately, I wish to open a dessert fine dining restaurant here in Canberra, so I thought, why not start from something small?

“Then Formulab came into my mind as an online platform for me to practice, or to start off as a new business learner. Meanwhile, I can expose myself to the Canberra public and show them what I can do and offer.”

Seeing the rapid lockdowns and the effects on the hospitality, JC quickly accelerated his plans for launching Formulab to futureproof his income.

Tim Tam S’mores Cookie

Formulab Tim Tam S’mores Cookie was a sell-out online.

“I literally officially started Formulab a few weeks ago,” JC said.

“The whole reason why I decided to open now is because of the pandemic and the COVID-19 situation here in Australia. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. We might go into lockdown anytime from now, so I thought if I could start an online dessert business where I bake and sell online through social media, I could at least make some extra income during the lockdown.”

Formulab is tempting sweet tooths with a weekly special released on Mondays through their Facebook page and Facebook Marketplace. Specials have so far been a sell-out and have included a creamy Tiramisu, along with a gorgeous five-layer Blackberry Chocolate gateaux and a Tim Tam S’mores Cookie. Prices start at $8 a piece.

A takeaway dessert menu is already in the pipeline with The Boat House so customers will be able to order a curated selection through their website.

Tiramisu with a twist

The experimental twist that Formulab has added to Tiramisu was poached pears.

After ogling the beautiful photos on their Instagram page, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the creamy Tiramisu.

The slices were one-part art, one-part cake, glistening and elegantly put together. The experimental twist JC added to this well-loved classic was poached pears. I nodded enthusiastically as he told me about the addition but really, I wasn’t convinced fruit belonged in Tiramisu … until that is I had my first bite. Perfectly portioned small pieces of the pear were still crisp and added a surprising and highly enjoyable texture to the very creamy layers.

Formulab is proving that fine dining is adaptable with the times and can be portable, sweet and affordable.

Custom cake

Along with weekly specials, Formulab also does custom cake orders.

Follow Formulab on Instagram and Facebook to learn about their weekly specials or to place a custom order.

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16 Responses to Hot in the City: Formulab cakes are what sweet dreams are made of
Andrea Škaljac Andrea Škaljac 4:17 pm 29 Jul 21

Bianca Osztrenkovics This was made for us

Zofia Bryks Zofia Bryks 12:49 pm 29 Jul 21

Ooooh 👀 Sarah Hockridge

Xenii Newnham-Kell Xenii Newnham-Kell 11:12 am 29 Jul 21

Jess Maree JJ Johnstone let's try it!

Jude Lou Jude Lou 8:38 am 28 Jul 21

Are there at least 10 layers? Wowww

Abbey Holland Abbey Holland 12:50 pm 27 Jul 21

Christina Hatzis interesting

Phoram Vaidya Phoram Vaidya 12:09 pm 27 Jul 21

Kaushal Vaidya Our next dessert stop 😆

Caitlin Kelly Caitlin Kelly 9:27 am 27 Jul 21

Daniel Hua this is why we’ll never be skinny

    Daniel Hua Daniel Hua 10:28 am 27 Jul 21

    Caitlin Kelly this weekends gym sess at Braddon followed by this 🌝

Novi Lewis Novi Lewis 7:25 am 27 Jul 21

Richard Estelle Marco I probably shouldn’t be looking at this, but 🧐😅🤤😮‍💨

    Estelle de Menezes Estelle de Menezes 9:37 am 27 Jul 21

    Novi Lewis 🙄 when is your thing over then let's fo

Lizzy McRoberts Lizzy McRoberts 9:17 pm 26 Jul 21

Rache Hayden here u go!!!

Nathan Brereton Nathan Brereton 9:14 pm 26 Jul 21

Anita Jane So... i think I’ve found our next place for a post vino sweet treat. CC Neil Goodwin

Grace Xiaoyue Grace Xiaoyue 8:40 pm 26 Jul 21

😱 looks amaze Marianne

Jim Roy Jim Roy 8:18 pm 26 Jul 21

Posh Vienetta, win 👍🏽

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