In today’s segment of Naija Bakers’ Diary Series, We met and amazing woman who has been a source of inspiration to young and up-coming bakers. She is the creative director of The Wedding World Cakes, Her name is Mrs Afoke Sarah Osubor and she shared with us her experience as a baker. Below is the conversation we had with her
Can we know your name and Business name and where you are based!
My name is Mrs. Afoke Sarah Osubor and my business name is The Wedding World – Cake.
I’m based in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz ?
My passion for sugar art & design was ignited at a young age as I saw my mum bake and design. With time, my interest grew
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 couple (best friend’s brother) Mr and Mrs Osaghale a 7tier wedding cake with flowers in yellow and blue. I felt fulfilled because it was well accepted
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 in the business is the inability to get workers that are committed and ready to remain with the company. The attrition rate is high and one keeps retraining new workers from time to time. There’s also the problem of power failure
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph!
I’d consider my ability to satisfy my customers as the results of the skills which I have acquired in and outside Nigeria as my greatest triumph in this career. This has given me a high level of confidence in the job although I’m still open to new ideas
How would you describe your decorating style!
My decorating style is in line with international best practices in the profession. In a nutshell, my designs are creative, elegant, exquisite and customer friendly.
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with!
I enjoy making carrot cake with cream cheese filling and I love to work with Lemon Green and Purple colour.
What are the benefits( gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
As touching gains/benefits, I’d say the craft has given me the opportunity to meet with all manner of people/experts in the profession from within & outside the country. Also, it’s reasonably profitable. And I derive joy in seeing people that I have trained establishing their own outfits and doing well.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
In my career as a Cake designer, I have learnt to be hardworking, innovative & patient because rewards come slowly and steadily.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My FMM multi Ribbon cutter and my Wilton nozzles (3, 103, 199 & 354) are most treasured pieces of cake decorating tools
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry!
I’d like to advice upcoming cake designers in Nigeria to show real interest in the job and commitment to excel.