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.
What’s your favorite book?
A Farewell to Arms
What kind of music do you like?
I listen to everything. Last week I was caught in a web of bad 1990s country. Sometimes I listen to Norwegian Death Metal.
Any deal-breakers when it comes to potential suitors?
They must have gainful employment and their own things going on because I’m a really busy person.
What’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard?
“Hey girl, I want to hydrate you so hard.” That was on my 25th birthday at Octave.
What’s your favorite drink?
What’s something about you that might surprise people who don’t know you?
I’m a writer. I do all kinds of writing, poetry, etc.
Where’s your favorite spot to go out?
The Bends. I get a Sailor Jerry on the rocks with a splash of Coke.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
I wake up in the morning and piss excellence [she says laughing out loud].