Talking to her was a very delightful thing to do, I enjoyed every bit of the interview and as I was compiling it, I realized this baker has done so much great a job considering when she officially started this cake business..
My distinguished bakers and cake lovers, Happy weekend to you all. Thank God It’s Friday! Don’t mind me jare! I was still swimming in the excitement of the chat i had with this wonderful Naija baker recently. Now I present her to you and she is Bamidele Bukola Taiwo, the Creative Director and CEO of ‘D Niedlich World, a cake artistry based in Lagos.
Let’s her from her…
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My names are Bamidele Bukola Taiwo and I am the creative director / CEO of ‘D Niedlich World’, based in Lagos.
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started my cake business in the year 2013, but it became official in the year 2016
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
I have had passion for baking since I was a teenager. Then during any of my friend’s birthday, we would put all the ingredients that’s needed for cake and mix it together without measurements; even though the outcome is always like a 3 days Agege bread but we still enjoy it. Since then, my passion for baking grew stronger.
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 family friend’s wedding cake. I won’t say it was a nice experience at first, because the first set of cakes I baked ended up in the trash can. It was under-cooked and it actually baked for over 4 hours. I realized the error was using a charcoal oven which I probably taught I could try some expertise on. I almost cried my eyes out because I was having 2 days prior delivery date. I had to dash out as early as possible the next day to acquire a gas oven to start all over again, baking all through the night and to God be the glory my stress paid off meeting up with the delivery deadline day. They loved the cake when they saw it and I also got praises from people whom I knew tasted it. It was really encouraging and it also gives me the zeal that I can do better. I just have to believe in myself.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
My greatest challenge is transporting a cake to its destination. One has to be very careful especially if the cake contains delicate designs so you don’t mess it up on arrival to delivery. Also the rapid increase in cost of materials is another major challenge.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My greatest cake decorating triumph is yet to come because I always feel I am not there yet and I know I can always do better. I bet you wait till then
How would you describe your decorating style?
“NIEDLICH” is a German word for “CUTE”. I would describe my decorating style as cute; because cute entails being classy, unique, simple, neat and elegant. Niedlich!
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I enjoy baking fruitcake and red velvet and my favorite colors are red, white and Gold.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
It gives exposure; you get to meet people better than you such people that you can derive inspiration from.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Yes, there are options for weight watchers like substituting sugar for honey, normal flour for oatmeal or almond flour. Though results might defer from using the regular ingredients. I will only advice such people to take less quantity no matter the ingredient used.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
I have learnt to be honest with whatever I do, and be plain. Also how to interact and associate with people, not to be envious of others instead you tap into their anointing for greatness.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
I cherish my Smoother
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
My advice for upcoming cake designer is to remain focus, determine and avoid envy. A journey of a thousand mile starts with a step. Continuity matters; nobody was born a perfect man everyone started as an amateur, so do challenge yourself on what you think you can’t do and always believe in yourself and seek inspiration from others, above all put God first and let him lead you through.