By Julia Jarvis
Cover image by Irena White Photography
This interview will be a “ tasty” interview. We will be talking about cakes, sponges, cream, icing sugar cake toppers and even a cake shaped like a Harry Potter book. The maker of these unique cakes is called Lidiya and, together with her family, she has been living in London for the last 12 years.
Lidiya started her cake business six years ago, and back then she didn’t expect such success and growth.
“Lidiya’s Sweet Kitchen” is the name that I gave to my hobby and passion, which later turned into a small business. It all started 6 years ago. Then I only knew how to bake a basic homemade cake and a few made up cakes. A friend of mine, obviously keen on my baking skills then, gave me the idea to start baking for people and start selling on a small scale. I didn’t take her seriously, but soon friends started to ask me to make them a cake and, after few recommendations, my baking hobby turned into a small business. As I said, I didn’t know what I am heading ahead.
The birthday cakes for children are the most common. I am especially passionate about first birthday cakes. The mums that place the orders are so keen and that first big cake for their child is very important to them and the whole family.
Was it easy to start your own cake business, in terms of finances and investments? My business is relatively small. I didn’t expect to grow at the level where I am at the moment. The demand of specific cake themes made me buy different cutters, trays, shapes, etc., over time. Thanks to my orders I had to make some investments in cake tools. The biggest spending that I have made so far is the building of my cake shed in the back of my garden. It’s a newly build and furnished kitchen where I do all my baking, decorating, etc.
My passion is to make cakes and tasty things.
See more at Lidiya’s Sweet Kitchen
It smells of what is in the oven at that moment. It is usually vanilla, chocolate..
Do you make mistakes in the kitchen sometimes? That happens sometimes. It’s important for your client not to find that out and for you to keep it to yourself. In these cases I start all over again. That used to happen in the beginning, when I was still learning.
At the moment I don’t give my self high expectations. Time will tell. After my kids grow up more and get more independent, I hope to dedicate even more time to my business.Finally what is your advice to those who are thinking to turn their hobby into a business? To be courageous and to believe in themselves. To remember that clients are always right and your attitude towards them should always be kind and polite. And last, but not least, to work hard to achieve what they want.
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