Our dear esteemed bakers and cake lovers, In today’s Naija Bakers’ Diary Series segment, we went all the way to Abuja, FCT where we met a wonderful lady! She has this amazing way of expression and I couldn’t help but fall in love with everything I saw there. Biegnet Baker is the Creative Director and Quality Control Manager at Pastry Galleria, Abuja. Bellow are our interactions with her….
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
I am Beignet Baker, I primarily work with Pastry Galleria – Abuja as the Creative Director and quality control manager.
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started this Cake Business in Spring of 2012
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
Cake decorating is an art that keeps stretching your imaginations, building your skills and makes others happy. You can’t hang your cake on the wall for all to see but seeing those dancing eyes and smiling faces when you create a special cake of their dream is a reward. My love for cakes, … as I watched my Mum dish out those beautiful royal icing decorations on a cake, I knew I was taking that to the next level…and here I am.
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 cake I made for a friend’s wedding in Lagos summer of 2013, under self-taught capacity. It was fulfilling as I see their dancing eyes and smiling faces. That was the dawn of my international career in cake making till date
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 which turned to strength was interpreting a cake into art. Now, my imagination sees design in everything.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My greatest cake decorating triumph was having my project work grace the shelves of the just concluded sugar art professional course at New York Cake Academy and Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art Chicago Illinois and of course training from the Masters themselves….these were high points for me as it had heightened my confidence in this noble art.
How would you describe your decorating style?
I will describe in three words:
“Wow!… Stylish Excellence… CLASS.”
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I enjoy baking my galleria cream cake, galleria bran and oat carrot cake and of course my moist Banana cake which launched me into the cake world. I call these cakes galleria because they are totally my recipe. I enjoy piping strings on my cake and my Favourite color is TEAL.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
Some benefits is being able to fund my international trainings back to back through the proceeds from this art. Again, for me, Cake making and decorating comes every now and then but seeing people who learnt from me do marvel in this noble art is indeed one of my greatest achievements.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Yes! I have different categories of clients: the sweet tooth, the medium and weight watchers…. All categories are delighted with our mouthwatering cakes. For those avoiding sugar for health reason, we offer our irresistible flourless bran, honey and oat carrot cake. …Every bite, a promise kept.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My Xfactor Knife… It does about everything.
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
Do not go into cake making because of profit making. You must have the passion, ability and the confidence to create.
Cake making comes with its negative aspect and several benefits.
I will explain. When you don’t get to spend time with your loved ones and or had to stand through the night working to satisfy your clients, that is some of the negative aspects. While scheduling some time off for self, working at your own pace when you need to, available at home when your children come back from school in the afternoon… These are some several benefits.
If you have considered some of these and still want to do this as a business, Welcome to the Wonderful World of the sugar art. I personally have found this to be the most rewarding and creative business. . All in all, this is a very rewarding field for creative people.