Naija Bakers’ Diary Series. – TL Cake Boulevard Speaks To Naija

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A wonderful day indeed to you all my amazing bakers and cake lovers. I said earlier in the week that I am so excited. This is not just to say it, I am really feeling the excitement all over me as the Naija Bakers’ Diary Series is getting hotter!! Big masquerades in the industry are lifting their heads to Naija and the entire world how we started and where we are! Its amazing to hear great bakers speak on the same issues, providing variety of experiences. This I know is very inspiring and encouraging to the up-coming bakers and pros alike.

On this note I present to you my big catch over the weekend, I love this woman! i have on countless occasions showcased her works on our Instagram and Face Book pages as I get wowed each time she rolls out a piece of art in cake…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Titilope Adeoti, Sugar Artist and CEO of TL Cake Boulevard. Naija! let’s go on this ride with her as she speaks to us on her journey to success…

 

 

 

May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?

My name is Titilope Adeoti. The business name is TL Cake Boulevard and our office address is 32A, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

 

When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?

We started in 2014 in Abuja. Afterwards, we moved to Lagos late last year. But we officially opened in Lagos, January this year.

 

What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?

After leaving the bank a few years ago, I decided to go for my Masters programme. During the period of staying at home, I used to watch the program “Cake Boss”. It opened my eyes to see cake as Arts not just food. I have always been artistic from childhood. I love to draw and paint. I prayed about it and was convinced that it was the way to go. Then I went to a Culinary school in New York (International Culinary Center) to study Cake Techniques and Design

 

What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?

Although in school we were always making cakes, so I had gotten used to making cakes myself. But coming back to Nigeria, my first cake was a Tom and Jerry cake (it was a chocolate cake with chocolate filling). I remember working in my kitchen with limited resources because I hadn’t set up a workplace. But I was happy the way it turned out especially considering the new weather I was working in.

 

Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?

Aside from the general challenges that entrepreneurs face in Nigeria, getting qualified staff is a challenge. You interview people and they tell you they can do so many things. By the time you put them on trial, it’s a different story. Also getting materials needed (most of the things we use are imported).

 

What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?

The African bride burst sculpted cake

 

How would you describe your decorating style?

Unconventional

 

What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?

Baking- I don’t have any preference. Decorating- any cake that involves carving and also intricate details. Favorite colors- no preference

 

 

What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?

Apart from the caliber of people I have met and provided services for, I would say the people that I have trained. That is one thing that gives me joy. I see it as an opportunity to bless lives.

 

A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?

There are cakes for every class of people- gluten free cake, sugar free cakes, and so on

 

What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?

I have a small yellow case that has my go-to-go tools. The contents include- exacto knives, small pallet knife, small scissors and small cutting wheel. I do a lot of free hand cutting – cutting from templates I make myself.

 

What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?

Go for your passion and never give up.

 

 

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