Native Affairs - Sweet As

When Sarah Asher was crowned Aotearoa's Hottest Home Baker she never dreamt it would be the beginning of the rest of her life.

For the former PE and Maori studies student, food had always been a constant but making a living out of it had never crossed her mind.  That was until she won the reality TV show title, beating more than 900 other hopefuls.

From her training at her local marae to the pressures of cooking on national television it's now about chasing her dreams and making them happen. 

Ruwani Perera travelled down to her home town in Taupo for a master class in cake-making. 

We issue a warning to anyone on a diet: the following story contains thousands of calories.