Editor’s Note: Monika arrived early for her photo shoot with a tray of chocolate chip and vanilla bean cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting.
How did you react to finding out you got on the Lust List?
It was the funniest thing. I was eating red velvet Pop Tarts and watching Adventure Time
. I was like, ‘I’m on the Lust List?”
What made you want to bake?
My dad is a pastry chef, I’ve always baked. I do a lot of competitive baking in Wilton competitions. You’re looking at a best frosting champion.
What’s the best part about being a baker?
All the special events people have, weddings, birthdays, I get to be there.
The worst part?
It can be exhausting, and I have a day job so it can be challenging.
What do you spend your disposable income on after bills are paid?
Make-up, tattoos, and comic books. I love Adventure Time
, any of the Dark Horse books. I love Neil Gaiman. I’m huge into comic books, I’ve got an Incredible Hulk tattoo.
How many tattoos do you have?
I have 80 hours of ink. My first tattoo was the Cheshire Cat, I was 15. My favorite tattoo is my chest piece, it’s a collage of all baking stuff.
What do you look for in a fella?
Substance, not substance abuse. They have to read.