Good afternoon my wonderful bakers and cake lovers. I hope everyone is doing pretty well out there. Its a sunny day here in the city of Lagos even though there were a bit of showers in the morning time
In today’s segment of the Naija Bakers’ Diary Series, I found another sensation in the Naija baking industry. I love it when a baker hit the ground running and this baker did just that. Since her intro in the industry, she has made so much impact and has been seen by most cake lovers as a talent to showcase….
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Mrs Delight Opara, Sugar artist and CEO of Cake Palace By Delight. She has a lot to tell us in this interview section so I suggest you sit down, relax and read her lips here……
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
I am Mrs Delight Onyeodizielu Opara. And my business name is Cake Palace by Delight located at 34 Waast avenue opposite diamond bank, ikenegbu owerri IMO STATE
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started cake biz in 2013.
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
Back then I used to love this cake called “Triple Delight” sold in Mr Biggs . it was one of the best gift anyone could give me. I loved eating cake, I would spend money almost everyday on cakes. At a time I decided I would learn to make one myself and save cost. Well I didn’t have what it takes to enroll in a full cake hands on class so i learnt online with lots of practice of anything I learn online that’s how I began baking for friends and family
What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?
My first official job was a sports Jesse cake. It was a challenge for me since it was my first novelty cake, but then I love challenges. I was sooo proud of myself after the cake, I hand carved the logo every single detail wow the customer was impressed too. This gave me confidence that I could do more and better in this business.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
Well there will always be challenges in any business especially a growing one like mine. One of my greatest challenge is being able to market my business I‘ve always been an introvert thus reaching out to people one on one is a challenge. Secondly finding some of the necessary materials for the work here can be tasking. We have to make orders from Lagos.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My cake decorating triumph has always come with my best friend and teacher (THE HOLY SPIRIT) like I said before I never attended a cake school. Whenever I have a challenging cake design I ask for his ideas and he does give freely. So I would say I triumph with every cake completed that brought satisfaction to the customer
How would you describe your decorating style?
Simple and trendy
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I enjoy baking plain cakes and decorating customized cakes. I love working with pink, blue and gold
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
The business has instilled patience, diligence and perseverance in me. I have also met nice people and friends turned sisters (CONFECTION ADDICTS MEMBERS)I never would have met probably if I was not a cake designer.
One of my greatest achievement in the business is being able to impact lives with my trainings both online and hands on. When I see those who train under me doing well and the many thanks from them, that keeps me going
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
I would say don’t eat cake if you are avoiding sugar, though there are sugar free and dairy free cakes that can suit people of these class. But then for me its no cake ,I like it sweet.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
There is no short cut to THE TOP. Seeest thou a man diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not mere men.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My rolling pin, my pallet knife and pizza cutter
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
Be patient , diligent and trustworthy. Never break any agreement reached with your clients. Deliver as promised. Don’t agree to do a particular size and design of cake just to secure the job and then deliver something different because u feel the money paid is not enough. Its better to lose a cake order than to lose a potential client. Work on your skills and never stop upgrading them. Hard work pays but GRACE lifts so involve God in your race (G—RACE)and he will surely get you THERE………… THE TOP