Mrs K Creations: Doing it For the Love of Baking

“I have always loved baking but never took it seriously until I made my first cake for my cousin then I fell in love with it, it was like I was hit by a ray of sunshine, then I became more and more passionate about what I was doing I then did one for my husband then the list went on. I’m now baking to generate income,” Keke Kgolane tells Spot-On.

Kgolane is the owner of Mrs K Creations, where she bakes specially designed cakes for any occasion. She found the business last January and hasn’t looked back since. “I used to bake scones and muffins only for events at home. I taught myself everything I know about baking and decorating cakes using YouTube, Google and also reading some patisserie books. I was very fortunate to win a baking course. I have improved my baking skills from the training I received from the professional chefs. I was issued with a certificate after completing the course,” the Groblersdal-based baker says.

Boss Lady: Mrs K Creator. Photo supplied

The baking course Kgolane won was paid for by pantyliner company, Comfitex. “It was just called a short course in baking at a school in Centurion,” she says.

The wife and mother balances her business with her nine-to-five job as an electrical artisan assistant. “I do my orders after work, weekends and holidays.”

It really depends on the design of the cake, but Kgolane says it takes her about five to seven hours on average to bake and decorate a cake. “I take all my cake orders as a new challenge as I like to be challenged and do something I have never done. The most difficult one would be the one cake I did for my then nine-year-old son; it was a Dragon Ball Z cake with a dragon on top. it took me a whole day to perfect the dragon and I must say it came out perfect,” the happy mother says.

Mama’s Gift: The cake Kgolane baked for her son. Photo supplied

Kgolane also bakes muffins, cupcakes, biscuits, baked based desserts such as cheesecake and cake pops and cake circles among others. “I’m based in Groblersdal but I do deliveries in Polokwane, Tembisa, Pretoria, Witbank, Middleburg and surrounding areas,” she says. She currently works alone with no employees, but Kgolane is assisted by her husband whom she’s grateful for.

“I’m currently facing a challenge of equipment such as mixers, oven and big fridge. I use the one I’m cooking with so it’s both for home and business I would like to have a bigger mixer- and oven, that will be a huge help as I take too long baking and I mix small batches every hour to accommodate my small oven especially when I have many orders it becomes really challenging I spend most days cross nighting pushing to finish baking I also need a bench or a steel table to use when I decorate as now I’m using my dining room table. Those are some of the challenges I’m facing running this business,” Kogolane says.

A Graduate: Kgolane with her certificate from the baking course. Photo supplied

“In the next few years I see my business being recognized by many people around South Africa having a place of my own as well as having to train aspiring bakers at an affordable fee.”