May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My name is Mrs Stephanie Olopade and My Business name is CDF-Desserts (Concepteur de Fruitee Limited)
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started the dessert cake business 2 years ago …2015
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
I started with the fruit art, then my clients started asking for the decadent desserts, so we had to incorporate the dessert cakes
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 wedding, we made the desserts for the event. I was both excited and nervous, but it turned out to be one of many to come because it was very successful and we got lots of compliments.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
Right now, it has to be the crazy hikes in prices of baking ingredients…For ingredients and products bought in Nigeria, due to the recession and the ones we order from abroad due to the exchange rate "dollar dance” as I call it.
What's your greatest cake decorating triumph?
My first Children’s birthday cake where I had to think out of the box, but still keeping true to our style. I worked with coloured butter cream and decorated with our pineapple daisy fruit cuts . I had to use a lot of colours to make it appealing to a 2 year old, so we had multi coloured chocolate balls and added mini toy tucks and cars. It was a huge success. The birthday boy loved it.
How would you describe your decorating style?
Firstly, we must have fruits on our cakes, that goes without saying. Our decor style is fruity, chocolatey, fresh, unique and unexpected. We never repeat designs as a matter of policy. We try to do something new each time and design each cake unique for each client. In other words, your cake design is custom made for you.
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I enjoy baking all my cakes and decorating them. The decoration time is usually a time where the magic happens, I just allow my mind take over. It’s a calming and creative time for me, so i enjoy it a whole lot. We work with fruits so we love colours, so anything bright and beautiful is fantastic. I just love to see how all the colours marry and come together.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
It’s been an awesome journey, it has helped me explore my creative side a lot more and has allowed me express myself through my art. I have also met a lot of awesome people in the course of being a cake designer.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
There are natural alternatives to sugar that can equally make your bakes taste good. There is honey, dates, bananas etc.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
PATIENCE!!! I have learnt how to be more patient from working with cakes and decadent desserts...
What's your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
It’s got to be my Off- set Spatula and my bench scraper ….Can’t do without them.
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
Find your style and stick to it…be yourself and stay true to your style, don’t do what everyone else is doing.