Ketki Karani is a trained cake artist. She loves food and always has the niche towards baking and cooking. She never liked working for corporate and enjoyed baking. She also completed her diploma course of baking and confectionery at Sophia Polytechnic Institute.
1. Hi Ketki , welcome to the interview session of Annie’s Blog. To start with, we would request you to tell us a few lines about yourself.
My name is Ketki Karani. I am a home baker and I love food. I love to eat too and cook and bake as well. Since childhood I was always inclined towards cooking and eating the best food because it runs in my blood. “Simplicity is the best beauty.” I do believe in this quote a lot and try to implement it in my style of baking. Simple but delicious in every bite.
2. How did you get started with baking? At what age did you bake your first cake?
I just asked myself one question, “What is that makes me happy”? The answer was
food. I love cooking and I love desserts as well. After that there was no looking back. I enrolled myself in some baking classes to experience the feeling of baking and fell in love with baking instantly. I baked my first cake at the age of 23.
3. How was your first baking experience?
It was a moment of pride for me on seeing the my first cake I had baked as well as my first bread loaf. It was an amazing feeling.
4.How did you learn baking?
I did a 1 year diploma course of baking and confectionery at Sophia Polytechnic institute.
5. When did you decide to become a professional baker and start your baking business?What was the inspiration behind the decision?
When I realized that no matter in which MN C’s or firms I work, being a B.Com
graduate, and getting a good pay, I was not happy nor satisfied by doing a 9-5 job.
But in the baking profession, Inspite of working 12-14 hours, a decent pay (less
than MNC’S), There is immense happiness and satisfaction and I get to bring a smile on people’s face through baking. That’s when I knew this is what I want to be and do for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t really say inspiration, but more of feeling content in this line of profession and it makes me very happy.
6.Please tell us about your baking company Box of Bakes.
Box Of Bakes is a home bakery where we make,innovate and create fresh and
delicious goodies like brownies, sweet and savory tarts, macaroons and a lot more.
7.What are some of the challenging cake ideas that you performed till date?
Recently, I had to make a jungle theme cake for a 2 yr old’s birthday. Since I do not make fondant cakes, it was a little challenging to create a jungle looking theme. Create animals, trees and certain other elements that took a lot of thinking. But I love challenges and managed to pull it off. My client and their 2 yr old daughter was very happy.
8.What are some of the signature products of your company? Which one is your personal favorite?
Belgium dark chocolate and walnut brownie is our signature product. My personal favorite is the baked orange cheesecake.
9.Being a baker, you must have had to overcome challenges. Please tell us about them.
Finding the right and quality ingredients is the biggest challenge. Not all economically priced ingredients are of bad quality, but not all priced ingredients are of good quality. Quality ingredients make a great quality product. Another challenge is quality awareness which still in India people lack, considering most people are price sensitive and prefer price over quality.
10. Narrate some of your success stories.
I would like to share one of my success stories which is really close to my heart. I
had made an eggfree hazelnut mousse cake for a couple’s anniversary. When the
cake was cut to celebrate, it got over like in 1 minute. The entire cake board was
empty. Not even a crumb of the cake was there. The cake board was totally clean
in 1 minute. Everyone was just around the cake till they finished it. Everyone was
just praising the taste, the moistness and every single compliment I got was amazing. I was very happy.
11. Your advice to those who wish to take up baking as a profession.
Just believe in yourself, be focused and be positive. Embrace failure,never give up,
no matter how many times you fail at a certain recipe or creating a perfect product, try till you succeed. And most importantly, love your work. Work with a loving attitude and an open mind to learn new things.
12.If you have had one wish.
My one wish would be that I should be able to eat and try new desserts I create
without getting fat.
Ketki Karani: Founder at Box of Bakes
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