Good morning my wonderful bakers and cake lovers. Today has just started as usual, sunny and bright. It’s a weekend too so TGIF is the pasword! On this segment of the Naija Bakers’ Diary Series, we had a beautiful chat with a precious naija baker all the way fro Akure, Ondo State. I could feel smiles on the face of this wonderful lady even when I chat halfway across the western Nigeria. She is such am amazing woman producing amazing cakes. Her name is Mrs Damilola Olutoye-Adesina and she is the creative director of Olammy Cakes & Confectioneries.
Let’s hear her as she expresses her views in the world of cakes….
May we know your name and Business name and where you are based?
My name is Mrs Damilola Olamide Olutoye-Adesina and my business name is Olammy Cakes and Confectioneries based in Akure, Ondo State.
When (the year) did you start this Cake Biz?
I started baking when i was much younger but i registered my business and started baking officially in the year 2011.
What are the things that prompted you to start up your Cake Biz as in How your love for cake decorating started?
My passion for baking started when I was young like I have said “when passion becomes profession, work becomes play” this captures my journey into the world of sugar art.
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 cake I made for a friend, sincerely I was very anxious as to what the outcome will be but then, I didn’t have an idea of how to cost the cake so I gave my friend a price. I became instantly overwhelmed that someone could actually request that I make her a wedding cake so I threw everything I knew at the job and it came out so nice. Everyone that saw the cake was happy and I got several referrals from the job.
Can you tell us your greatest challenges in the Cake Biz or the ups and downs you have faced as a Cake designer?
One of the challenges is that some clients ask for unique and good cakes but they are not ready to pay unique and good money. They don’t know it requires a lot to get a cake done. Another challenge is that some clients wants you to make a cake for them, they request you send them some samples but by the time you send all the samples and you give them price, they think it’s too expensive and they can’t afford you, they run to another baker with the samples, it’s a sad thing honestly!! Another challenge is the problem of electricity.
What’s your greatest cake decorating triumph?
The ability to satisfy my clients using the skills I have acquired in this cake business and also the applause I receive whenever I deliver my job and people see it. It gives me a lot of confidence!
How would you describe your decorating style?
My style is very unique and creative. Whenever am baking and decorating cakes, I put in my best in terms of time, energy and so on and also I like to interpret my feelings via my jobs.
What favourite Cakes do you enjoy baking and decorating and also the favourite colours you love working with?
I love and enjoy making cakes for all occasion especially wedding cakes and I enjoy working with colours like purple, pink, white and red.
What are the benefits (gains) you have reaped as a Cake designer or your greatest achievements?
One of the achievements is the referrals I get from clients which give me so much joy and the smile I see on the faces of everyone that sees my cake. Another achievement is the ability to impact knowledge, seeing my students doing well in this industry gladdens my heart.
A lot of people shy off cakes for health reasons and avoiding sugar. Are there options for these classes of people?
Yes there are options for them. We have some cake recipes that are eggless, sugar free and so on! But I don’t think people should shy off cakes ooo….lol
What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you have learnt in your career as a cake designer?
Hmmmmmm… I have learnt a lot of lessons. Firstly, I have learnt to be very hard-working, innovative, determined and to be focused as there is nothing that cannot be achieved with them! Then, I have also learnt to be very patient as reward may not come immediately, it comes steadily. I have also learnt to rely on God who is always the source of my inspiration.
What’s your most treasured piece of cake decorating tool or kit?
My airbrush machine, my nozzles(3,32 and 1M), my modeling tools, crippers and my rolling pin! I love working with these tools a lot
What’s your advice to upcoming cake designers in the Nigerian Cake Industry?
My advice to upcoming cake designers is that I would like them to be very focused and determined, they should go for proper training from the experienced people because we see so many half-baked bakers around these days, they should also go for advanced courses, seminars for upgrade. Lastly, they should try as much as possible to invest in the business by buying tools, cake books e.t.c. as the work can only get easier when one has the right tools