Today we feature the incredible self taught cake decorator Aisha Salie from Decadent Creations By Aisha. She offers up some great advice for people considering starting cake decorating.
When did you start cake decorating?
I have always had a flare and passion for cake decorating and I started with small desserts and eid treats from the young age of 9 and my passion and love for creating new things grew to when I finally did my first novelty cake, which was in January 2005 when I made my daughter’s first birthday cake and the rest as they say is history.
If you studied where did you study? If you did courses basic course through a fellow baker/decorator (any course not recognised basically) please advise what and where?
I have not done any formal training or studying in this field but I have attended a very basic rose making workshop about a year ago with a fellow baker named, Madenia Raven Salie who owns The Flour Box in Retreat.
Was it something you always wanted to do?
I can honestly say that whilst I have always had a love for baking and decorating I never in a million years thought that this would be what I would be doing professionally. I worked in the corporate sector for many years and a few years ago I was told that retrenchment might be an option and opted for it. The uncertainty of that pushed me to make a few decisions and start something new. Hence my cake business was born and in full swing. From there You tube and Google became my greatest tools and whatever I didn’t know I went and researched it, watched countless videos and practiced like it was no one’s business.
Biggest challenge as a cake decorator?
I would say the biggest challenge as a cake decorator is constantly trying to keep up with the latest trends and how to do them and then of course ultimately pulling it off flawlessly
Any advice for people looking to start doing cake decorating ?
My advice would be to never give up. Keep on trying. This is one of the most rewarding professions I know of and its so relaxing yet stressful but very enjoyable. Ultimately if you do what you love then you will love what you do!
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