My amazing bakers and cake lovers, I am so sure we all had fun these holidays. It was packed with wonderful programs for bakers and fun lovers. You could feel everybody singing a song of excitement and fun. That’s the way it should be truly.
In today’s segment of the Naija Bakers’ Diary Series, we had an inspiring session the one and only Mr. Creative! He is a star in the profession and a good ambassador of the industry. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Gbolahan Olakunle A.K.A Mr. Creative, he is the CEO of Creative Cakes By Gbolahan.
My people, let’s hear him speak on his journey so far in the cake world….
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My name is Gbolahan Olakunle popularly called Mr Creative and I am the Ceo creative cakes by Gbolahan, based in Lagos
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
Creative cakes was officially opened in the year 2005
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
My grandma use to bake though casually at home. My love for kicking the bowl actually attracted me to cakes. I also loved eating cakes and definitely would get a bigger share for helping. The decorating aspect got me really fainted and would always see better ways of doing things. The passion for cakes grew stronger and stronger afterwards.
What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?
My mum was never in support of my dream initially. Infant she felt I was lazy and didn’t want to work. We had to reach an agreement before she could give her full support.
The very first major job I did was this lady who was going to celebrate her 40th. She wanted a very striking cake which I did for N35, 000. My mum saw the cake, loved it and asked how much it was. I told her and she screamed. She said what if u did just 4 of this in a month. I smiled because I knew 4 wasn’t even my target in a month.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
I run cake trainings and my generosity had cost me alot. Dealing with women was one big challenge. Also dealing with staffs. My soft nature makes alot take me for granted and had to learn the hard way. Guess I’m a bit firmer now.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
Wow! I would say 3. One was a cake for an oil company close to 2M.
The other was a structure which was N500,000. The reason this was a very big deal was because it was the same month I was getting married and I was fully exhausted financially. This man simply requested that I made a building which he was opening and didn’t even take him serious because he sounded more like a scammer. He asked for my AC details which I was initially reluctant to give but did when I realized the account was empty anyway. My account was credited immediately and the rest is history.
I also got several referee’s based on that job.
Finally was one with did for Lagos state government. That was the bomb. Wasn’t about the cake alone but those I met.
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?
Black forest. I love working with black alot.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
I never knew you could be a celebrity through cakes. I go to places and people identify me as Mr Creative.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
To be candid, Nigerians love pleasure more than anything else. Alot just want there cakes sweet. Honey could be used in place of Sugar though especially for carrot cakes.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
Integrity is everything
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My rolling pin.
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
Determine your scope. Don’t follow the crowd. Discover what your strength is and get well trained. Look for a better way to do things. Don’t be in the box.