IN every special event like wedding, birthday, anniversary, party, engagement, child naming ceremony and other merry-gathering events have one thing in common ~ Cake.
People desire to have the sweet look dessert, and it makes the environment colourful.
More so, It is also quite easy to find a cake baker and decorator with help of feedbacks and reviews from friends and those around us, but what glue people to a particular baker is the unique savoury taste and creative design by the baker.
Our cynosure today is a baker whose magic finger and passion in cake industry speaks volume. Below is her exclusive interview excerpt with ChasDesk Team.
MAY WE KNOW YOU?: My name is Kenechi.E Umeano, I’m a native of Ogidi in Anambra state. I studied Early Childhood Education at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State (UNZIK). Currently I’m into baking with the business name -Kels Cakes and Events. We are registered and located in Enugu State.
Kelechi Umeano training her students
TELL US ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF KELS CAKES AND EVENTS: I have always had a passion for baking right from my childhood. Practically everyone in my family bakes. I started my cake business in 2015 after I graduated from the university.
When I was in school I baked and gave the cakes out as gifts to friends. After graduation, I decided to keep myself busy and earn money with a craft I am passionate about, till I went for Nysc programme. I chose baking because it’s something I love doing, like a hobby and I derive so much joy and satisfaction from it. We offer not only custom cakes for all occasions but also small chops, event decorations and trainings. We target to also go into baking bread , pastry, dessert,event planning, cooking and etc in the nearest future.
WHICH OF YOUR WORKS IS MOST FAVORITE?:😃Sincerely speaking, this question is a difficult one (smiles). I love all my works but I will say my fondant cakes, especially traditional and white wedding cakes.
Works from Kels Cakes and events
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF DOING ANY OTHER BUSINESS APART FROM BAKING?: I haven’t thought about any other business for now. Baking is a full time business for me and as a professional baker I need to put in my all till this business can stand on its own without my daily input, maybe then I might consider another business. For now it’s cake or cake.
HOW DO YOU CLIENTS FEEL AFTER DELIVERY?: Honestly I feel blessed because I have amazing clients. Despite the fact that most of them do not know me and have never met me, yet they order and buy cakes from me and their reviews are mind blowing and I feel so satisfied and happy whenever they give me their honest compliments. A few have complained about a thing or 2 and I am working hard to improve on those points. Apart from that, a huge number of my clients are thoroughly satisfied with their cakes and my services. I will rate it 97%.
BECAUSE CHASDESK IS CONCERN IN PROJECTING AND INSPIRING PEOPLE, DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR ASPIRING CAKE DECORATOR?: My advice to any aspiring cake baker and decorator is that you must first develop a great passion for this craft and you must keep pushing. More so, know that nothing is easy even in cake making and decoration. You must know and accept this fact. Try to improve when you get complaints, do not be satisfied with your skill level always go for professional training and put in your best in every single cake you make.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RECENT MEMORY AS A BAKER?: The memorable experience that I have had recently is ‘Dewdrops Uncut Learning 2’ (Smiles) hosted by a renowned baker, Mrs Ezinne Okonkwo (I call her my grandmaster) I was under her tutelage for 5 months in 2018. At the event I got the opportunity to meet The Cake Boss, Mr. Buddy Valastro! He taught me, hugged me and we took a photograph, I certainly tapped cake anointing from him (laughs).
Kelechi Umeano and Buddy Valastro
TODAY IS YOUR SPECIAL DAY, WHAT AMAZING THING THAT YOU EXPECT TO DO IN COMING YEAR?: I have lots of amazing things planned, at the top of my list is having a physical store where people can walk in and enjoy my treats.
WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR?: My wishes for the new year is the Grace to carry on in good health, joy, wisdom and prosperity. I pray that I Will be able to achieve all my targets and also able to serve my clients above their expectations.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOURSELF IN FUTURE?: I want to see myself as one of the leading bakers worldwide. I see myself as an international baker making a lot of difference in the baking industry.
HOW CAN YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS REACH YOU?: My potential clients can reach me on Instagram @kelscakesandevents ,on phone calls and whatsapp with 07030250828 , through email at email@example.com