May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My name is Modupe Fagbohungbe and I run Salt Lagos, which is based in Lagos
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
We started the business in 2014.
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
Well, I won’t really call it a cake business, rather it’s a culinary company and cakes are part of what we do. But to answer the question, I’ve always been passionate about food and desserts. I wasn’t satisfied or fulfilled in my legal profession, so I decided to go with my passion and what I believed God was calling me to do.
What was the first official job you remembered making as a Cake designer and how did you feel then?
My first official job was my friend’s wedding, and it was very overwhelming as I had to do a sweet table.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
Not being able to please the customer sometimes I think is the greatest challenge. I always want my customers to be happy.
What's your greatest cake decorating triumph?
Hhmmm... I can’t really think of any. I’m always excited whenever my clients give feedback about how they love their cakes.
How would you describe your decorating style?
Simple. I’m not much of a decorator. I’m more about the taste than the look to be honest. But I like simple and clean most times.
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I enjoy making our Cookie Monster vanilla cake and chocolate cakes because I feel I can be very creative with whatever filling I want inside. I like working with cream a lot because it’s simple
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
I would say having the privilege of baking for a lot of people that I admire.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Yes. There are. The world is evolving and so there are new ways to bake healthy cakes, although it’s not my forte at the moment.
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
You have to evolve and you should be able to take constructive criticism without taking it personal.
What's your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My palette knife!
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
My advice to upcoming cake designers is to be prayerful, patient, focused and consistent. Always strive to go beyond where you are each day. Discover your high skill point and use it to your advantage. Train! Train! And keep Training in your areas of weakness. Never lose faith in yourself and your capabilities, believe you can do it and you can do it. My advice would be to not give up. Learn as much as you can, listen to your customers and don’t make promises you can’t keep to your customers unless you are sure you can achieve what they want. Meeting the customers’ expectations is very important and if you fail to meet it, it can cause a lot of issues. Make sure you document everything and be clear on what your customer wants