Good evening to you my ever radiant bakers and cake lovers, We are gradually winding up the week and it will soon be time to unwind. I decided to drop this hit NBD Series while its still hot!. I wheeled my beam of peep towards Warri, Delta state and guess what? I found an exciting sensation in the Naija baking industry. She is pretty looking and her cakes are even much prettier. I have noticed that most bakers who start from their mums are super at what they do. This lady is one of them and I love her works
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
I am Mrs Bella Mapfumo, Creative Director at Cakes by Bella & co; we’re based in Warri, Delta State.
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I officially started my cake business in 2012
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
I think I always had the passion, but I never really put it to practice. However, having a baker for a mum really helped, as I perfected my God given skills helping her decorate cakes as a teenager with no prior training.
I wanted a cake badly for my 16th birthday but my mum wouldn’t make me one because she was too busy, she told me to do it myself if I really wanted one, which I did pretty well for a first timer. When she saw how good I was, she gradually started allowing me do more work for her. I fell in love with cake art more than baking.
I got so good, I could decorate 3 sets of tiered cakes every weekend without taking a break, and I sometimes forgot to eat too.
She then suggested I get a degree in Home Economics as a form of certification. The rest they say is history.
What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?
My first cake job was a Topsy-Turvy wedding cake. I was super excited because It wasn’t common at the time, and I had to figure it out on my own.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
Every cake artist would agree that clients sending pictures, requesting for a design created by another cake artist is a huge setback to one’s own creativity.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My greatest cake decorating triumph is my satellite wedding cake. An 18pcs royal wedding cake.
How would you describe your decorating style?
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
My all time favorite cake is the red velvet. I enjoy decorating wedding cakes using mostly white because of its elegance.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
Putting a smile on my clients’ faces after bringing their cakes to life means the world to me, which usually follows with referrals. My greatest achievement as a cake designer is mentoring young cake enthusiasts every other day especially the underprivileged, who can’t afford our training fees. Knowing that I’ve added value to society is my greatest achievement..
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Of Course! There are cakes that can be made with sugar substitutes like stevia or honey. In my opinion, people concerned about sugar should simply eat cakes in smaller portions or as an occasional treat.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in my career is to never be envious of someone else’s pace, because the sky is big enough for everyone. When I first started out, I would worry about who’s copying and owning my ideas, or who’s doing God knows what; which amounted to a little bit of bitterness. But I soon realized that here’s too much creativity to go around. Cake and bitterness don’t mix.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My most treasured decorating tool is my ball tool, because of its multi-functionality.
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
My advice to upcoming cake designers is to stay true to your passion, because excelling in the industry is infeasible without passion. You should remain focused, avoid envy, copy less, and be open to inspiration from the environment; but most importantly, put God first in everything you do. When you do this, the sky would only be your take off point.