“This woman is firing Hot from that eastern end and I am tempted to say “Queen of da East”” These were my very words a few months ago when i peeped into her kitchen. Today, I still feel strongly positive about that…calling her “the Queen”
My wonderful bakers and cake lovers, I present to you Mrs Ifeoma Ezechukwu, CEO and Creative Director of Kitchen Pastries as she lets us into her world of cake making (now I don’t have to peep any more..I’m in!)
Let’s join her….
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My name is Mrs Ifeoma Adanna Ezechukwu, my business name is Kitchen Pastries and I’m currently based in Enugu state.
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started this business in 2007
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
I started it out of my love for food and baking, right from childhood.
What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?
It was a 50th birthday cake for a client. Was very excited and a bit anxious for my 1st job but I needn’t have worried. It was a rounding success and everyone loved my creation
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
That would be weather for one, access to cake accessories needed for my work and inconsistency of producers supplying baking items in terms of quality.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My gravity defying cake. The technique was self learnt and I’d never attempted it before but through diligent prayer and inspiration, it worked out perfectly.
How would you describe your decorating style?
Simple, classic and chic
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
My favorite cakes would be red velvet, marble and carrot. My favourite colours would be gold, cream, red and black.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
I’ve become a lot more creative and open with my designs, a lot more attentive to detail, not to mention positive publicity for my business, which has set me before kings. It has also given me the opportunity to help the less fortunate.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Yes there are. For example, in my carrot cakes, I opt for honey instead of sugar and ground oatmeal instead of flour. It’s still a working progress but so far it’s received good reviews from my clients
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
Not to rush my designs, to make sure my clients are well informed of what I have to offer, which could include a few pleasant surprises, to be willing to open my mind to new lessons and never to take anyone for granted.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My decorating spatula
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
My advice would be to never stop learning. Research and proper initial training are key. And most of all practice, practice, practice. As they say, practice makes perfect.