Meet Hafiza, a Self-taught Baker who will amaze you
Writing an article has never made me this hungry before! We had the pleasure to interview Hafiza Suleman, a self-taught baker from South-Africa. Her beautiful cakes will grab your attention as she has mastered the art of baking. The proof is in the pudding!
Who is Hafiza?
Hafiza Suleman is a 31-year-old woman. She has been married for 13 years and was blessed with 3 daughters: Zaakirah(11 yo), Zahra(8yo) and Zunairah(4yo). Hafiza and her family live in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. She had actually grown up in a small one street town called Dannhauser. If you’re looking for a baker you definitely know where to find her!
What is the best cake that you’ve ever made, and what was the occasion?
Hmmm..tough decision but based on the feedback and reaction on social media I would say the ‘Heena Rasool’ inspired cake requested by my client. It took me about 10 hours decorating this cake, alhamdulillah it was worth every second. It was a three-generation celebratory cake(a grandfather, uncle, and granddaughter all born on the same day)
At what age did you start baking?
Alhamdulillah from an early age, I would assist my mummy in the kitchen especially around Eid time with biscuits etc…and then after my kids were born I would challenge myself with a cake for their birthdays so that is where most of my practice came from.
I’ve read that you’re a self-taught baker, where did you learn?
Lol, Google really helps.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to baking? Do you think it’s a good or a bad thing to be a perfectionist?
Guilty,however I think it’s a good thing. By setting high standards it means I am committed to doing my absolute best as customer satisfaction is very important to me. Not only with the decorating, but with the cake itself, only ingredients of the highest quality are used.
What would you say to someone who would like to start baking?
Start simple and bake every day. Practice makes perfect. Just have fun, you’ve started baking for a reason, don’t make it a chore.
How do you stay motivated to create such masterpieces? I’m guessing that some of them must take up a lot of time, sometimes even a whole day!
Baking is a labor of love, and seeing the reaction of a client when they receive their order, makes me want to continue. Yes, it is challenging at times. I teach in the afternoons so I have the mornings and nights to work on my orders, but seeing to my kids and making sure their needs are met is my first priority. I guess it’s all about time management.
Who inspires you in your work and why? Maybe a favorite baker?
I get a lot of inspiration from my fellow baker buddies on insta. Browsing through pinterest, searching for new ideas on the net, and how can I forget the ‘CakeBoss’.(Buddy Valastro)
Have you ever struggled to find some ingredients?
Yes, I am from a small town and baking ingredients are limited.
What’s most important to you, the taste or the appearance of the cake?
Definitely both. A cake should always taste as good as it looks.
Are you afraid that the result might not please your clients? Has it happened before, where a client had not been satisfied with their order?
Yes, customer satisfaction is extremely important to me. Yes, once, it was a learning experience for me.
Have you ever baked wedding cakes?
Not on a big scale, InshaaAllah the opportunity will come. Watch this space.
Last but not least, do you eat cakes from other bakers or does the fact that you’re always surrounded by cake make you not want to eat them?
Yes and yes. I do eat from other bakers but I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle so my sugar intake is limited. With my busy baking days, my fitness goals have been on the back burner.
I can’t exercise as much as I would like to, so I try to eat healthy to make up for those missed exercise classes but I do enjoy a yummy treat on the weekends.
May Allah bless, protect and love Hafiza and her family and grant them success.
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