The Simply Kayo team has had the good fortune to sample some of Cynthia’s Delights and we can safely say that they are indeed DELIGHTFUL. Here we profile this talented cake creator and baker and find out her inspiration.
It started as a love and a passion for baking (I also have a very sweet tooth). I started off baking cakes and desserts for family and friends. Several people commented that I should consider going into business. I looked at my skills, work experience and knowledge and realised that I had what it takes to run a business. I started the business in 2005 and have never looked back. Delights by Cynthia is a fantastic opportunity to pool together the things I’m good at and to be creative.
Favourite client experiences
I made a wedding cake for a Nigerian and Iranian couple. Before cutting the cake, it is an Iranian tradition that all the single ladies dance with the knife, around the cake, before handing the knife to the bride to finally cut the cake. I was also invited to the wedding, so I was delighted to see my cake in action…Iranians know how to party and have a good time.
Another memorable story behind a cake was for a young man ordered a cake for his homesick girlfriend. It was a post-box with the words ‘you’ve got mail’ on the board. He presented her with the cake, with letters from her family back home in Cyprus, which he’d been collecting for weeks…Very romantic.
I made a cake for a girl who had recently been adopted. The cake was for a blessing for the girl and to welcome her into her new family…It’s such a joy to be part of some memorable occasions.
What advice would you give someone starting up in your industry?
Be professional from the word go. There is a very fine line between being someone who ‘makes cakes for friends’, and a professional cake maker. Look at all the legal requirements you might need before you start trading (health and safety and insurance). When you are making a cake for a special event and someone has chosen to pay for a bespoke cake, you must provide an excellent service; from initial contact, right through to the delivery of the cake. Know your market and your customers; and what their expectation of your business is.
What are your long term goals?
To open a cake shop of sorts. It will be fully fledged premises with an enticing shop front…I won’t give away too much at the moment. Sometime this year I will be running some classes…but with a difference, so watch this space.
What events do you particularly enjoy supplying cakes for?
I enjoy creating cakes for ‘special birthdays’- where the cake is centre stage at the celebration; or when the cake is a surprise for someone…I’m good at keeping a secret. Wedding cakes are wonderful to make and great celebrations to be part of. I enjoy working with couples who don’t want a conventional wedding cake, but are looking for something contemporary, with their personality stamped on the cake. And of course baby shower cakes are lovely to make…
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Delights by Cynthia satisfy the desires of the sweetest tooth; creating premier cakes and cupcakes for birthdays, weddings, celebrations and corporate events.
We take pride in the fact that their cakes are bespoke and baked to order. Delights by Cynthia use the finest, fresh ingredients; using free-range eggs, fair-trade and organic chocolate and fruit wherever possible. It is a pleasure for Delights by Cynthia to provide our customers with superb quality and service; this is done with a spirit of excellence.
Delights by Cynthia is owned by Cynthia Akinsanya. She has been nominated for the Business Mums Award 2011 by Mumsclub and the Business Woman of the Year for the Women4Africa Awards UK.
For more information about the Delights by Cynthia cake and cupcake collection, please call 020 7278 6872 or visit the website at www.delightsbycynthia.com