Do you love cupcakes? So does Melisha! Introducing you to one of Durban’s very talented cake makers. Melisha runs Love Cupcakes on the sidelines of her everyday fashion design job. I first saw one of Melisha’s cakes on Instagram and had to get in touch with her to hear more about her business. So here is a little interview I did with the owner of Love Cupcakes, and some more pictures of her delicious cakes at the end.
Tell me a bit about yourself. Who is the woman behind Love Cupcakes?
I’m from Durban and I’m 33 years old. I am a fashion designer by profession, so I am creative by nature. For me baking is another creative outlet.
How did Love Cupcakes start?
Baking was always hobby that I loved to do and when I moved to Jhb in 2008, I found myself in between jobs, and so my hobby turned into a business. When I returned to Durban 3 years later, I continued my business part time, whilst juggling being a full time Designer. This of course has resulted in many sleepless nights!
What are your dreams and goals for Love Cupcakes?
Currently I offer customized cupcakes and cakes on a pre order basis. My client base has grown considerably over the years, and I’m looking forward to growing my business further by catering to more functions and events.
What is your favourite cake flavour?
Definitely chocolate and tiramisu.
Cream cheese or butter icing?
Neither. Chocolate ganache any day.
Share your funniest story in the kitchen.
Well, living in Durban, everyone’s knows that we have the best weather. But come summer rainy season, with humidity levels reaching peak levels, it is nightmare trying to work with fondant. Humidity and fondant do not go! I was doing a fondant cake last year feb for a party, which I was also attending. By the time I finished, the fondant was melting. I decided to stick the cake in the fridge…huge mistake as it started to condense when I took it out. One hour before delivery, I had to google what to do with this sticky, sweaty disaster of a cake and saw that the best solution was to put the cake in front of a fan. Luckily this helped dry out the fondant and the cake looked great! I on the other hand, looked like a stressed out, hot and bothered, sweaty chicken without a head trying to get ready and go to the party!
How can people get in touch with you? (blog/website/social media handles)
What events do you cater for?
Birthdays, baby showers, weddings and kiddies parties .
If you could bake a cake for anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
It would be Bono! But only if I get to sit and have cake and coffee with him:-D I think that would be an interesting conversation. He’s always been an inspiration to me.
Phew from reading that I am now craving some chocolate cake. How about you?
So now you know, and if you are having an event contact Melisha about her cakes. She also has a new website which will be up soon and you can find that at www.lovecupcakes.co.za.
Let’s end this post of with a little teaser of some of the work Melisha has done.