May 15, 2017
Our next amazingly talented cake decorator that we feature is the lovely Sumaiya Omar from The Cake Duchess SA
When did you start cake decorating?
I started professionally two and a half years ago, but have been decorating cakes since childhood. I think it is part of who I am..and has always been there. My maternal Grand Aunt was an amazing Baker, so I would hope to think that I have inherited that from her!
If you studied where did you study?
I have studied various subjects such as Hospitality Management, Fine Art and Visual Communication in Dubai (The United Arab Emirates) as well as Marketing in The United States of America. I believe a large chunk of my decorating skills are self taught.
Was it something you always wanted to do?
During my stay in Brazil in 2010, I realised that Baking and Cake Decorating was and is something that I wanted to pursue. Given my background (studies) as well as always being drawn to art and creativity, it came very naturally.
Biggest challenge as a cake decorator?
The current stance in Cape Town, and I am certain throughout South Africa and worldwide, the baking bubble has burst. Nevertheless, I believe if we keep true to our individual strengths under the cake decorating umbrella, everything works out. Every client has a different need and will therefore approach a particular Cake Artist whom he/she feels most comfortable with.
Any advice for people looking to start doing cake decorating ?
It is hard work. There are long hours involved, so one has to be completely dedicated. In order to be successful, I believe that you have to be passionate about it. Hone in on your artistic strength and follow through!
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