EMPOWERED SPOT­LIGHT: Sweetie bakes

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Happy Rikhotso

What in­spired you to start Sweetie Bakes?

Buddy Valas­tro from Carlo’s Bak­ery. His TV Show called Cake Boss has in­spired me to get into Bak­ing and cre­ate my own amaz­ing cakes for client in around Jo­han­nes­burg.

What was the great­est chal­lenge you faced while start­ing to be on your own?

The chal­lenge I have faced is try­ing to build a client base from scratch. Most or­ders are from word of mouth and it takes a while for peo­ple to place their trust in you. Once an or­der comes in you have to pre­pare close to the day of de­liv­ery so that my prod­uct is al­ways fresh and re­quires some long hours to plan, get the fresh in­gre­di­ents, bake and dec­o­rate and de­liver or sell at Mar­ket days.

What does be­ing a bak­ing busi­ness owner mean to you as a young adult?

Hon­estly, bak­ing runs through my fam­ily my Grandpa was a baker him­self and he also had his own ice cream store in Sand­ton – Dairy De­light, where he made his own ice cream and cus­tom­ized ice cream cakes.My Yi­ayia (granny) was a home baker and she taught me how to bake great Greek desserts which I loved and it gave me the courage to start Sweetie bakes. I love bak­ing it means so much to me and my dream is to be­come a great baker. My goal is to grow my com­pany by open­ing my own cake & dessert bar in the fu­ture.

We have all had a bak­ing fail, can you de­scribe your worst bak­ing dis­as­ter?

The one mis­take I have had with bak­ing is some­times skip­ping steps be­cause I am in hurry and the cup­cakes have flopped. I have learnt to slow down .

What are a few unique cake recipes you have baked?

I have made: Themed cup­cakes – Spi­der­man, Bar­ney, Mu­si­cal Notes, and Valen­tine’s Day etc. Greek pas­tries (Galak­to­boureko – cus­tard tart, Baklava, Melo­makarona – Honey and al­mond cook­ies, etc.),DJ board Cake,21st Birth­day Cakes, Sweet Potato and Cin­na­mon pud­ding, Le­mon tartlets, Crumb ap­ple and cin­na­mon pud­ding, etc.

How do you make sure that you give the best ser­vice to your clients? I lis­ten to me clients’ wishes and de­liver to their needs, to make sure I have­wasa sat­is­fied client. What ad­vice can you give to some­one who’d love to ad­vance in this field?

Never give up al­ways push your­self. What do you en­joy best run­ning this busi­ness? I en­joy dec­o­rat­ing the cakes for my clients

What are your big­gest high­lights with Sweetie Bakes?

Rain­bow Sprin­kle cake was my big­gest high­light of this month. I happy with this cake ev­ery­one loved the cake and my client’s friends would not stop talk­ing about it. How can our read­ers stay con­nected with you as well as Sweetie Bakes? They can email me at Sabina.moli­nari@gmail.com or fol­low me on Face­book @Sweetie Bakes Jhb.

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