Tell us a little about yourself & what you do?
I run a cake business called Delights by Cynthia, baking mainly cakes for celebrations , weddings, gifts, corporate events, or just for your personal indulgence. I also create cookies and desserts. I am Cordon Bleu trained and a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild. I’m married and have two daughters.
How did you get to becoming a baker?
I baked my first cake when I was eight years old and cakes have been my consuming passion ever since. I used to bake for family and friends and they used to tell me that I should seriously consider doing this as a business. I’ve been running Delights by Cynthia for 15 years and have never looked back.
How has Quarantine been for you as a baker?
To start with health and safety comes first, for myself, my family and my customers. I’ve certainly seen a reduction in cake orders and there are weddings that have been postponed. I’ve used this time to work on developing recipes, planning more for the business, updating my website (and attempting to organise my cake decorating equipment). There have been some regular customers who have reached out to me, hinting how much they have missed my cakes, so I have baked and delivered some cake orders, all socially-distanced.
Most importantly, I used Quarantine as an opportunity to spend more time with my family. We’ll never get this time again, so I chose to make the best out of this season.
What are the latest things you have learnt in baking?
I’ve been experimenting with cookie designs, cakesicles and decorating techniques. I’ve also been working on flavour combinations.
Your top tip for anybody that wants to take up more baking?
If you were any type of bake or treat, what would you be and why?
Your favourite baker/chef? & why?
A cake artist called Jasmine Rae, I’ve admired her work for quite some time. I had the pleasure of doing a course with her a few years back. That day just opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities with cake and contemporary cake design. Plus, she was one of the first cake artists to use her platform to call out racism and discuss equality for all.