Go on a dessert safari

Go on a dessert safari

She wanted to be in merchant navy but a sudden turn of events made her take up literature as her main subject. Nevertheless, she enjoyed what she did and her passion for baking was there with her throughout. Harshitha Basker, a passionate baker, makes delicious cup cakes, cakes and cookies.

Establishing her brand, Sinalicious Desserts, this young lady has proved that passion can sometimes lead to big things in life. “Even as a kid, I used to involve myself in baking. I was always a curious and wanted to know everything. I used to get biscuits from the store, powder it, add milk and bake it again into biscuits, not knowing that these would turn out to be rock hard, non edible biscuits,” says Harshitha. She adds, “However, once I grew up, I tried my hands at baking  cakes.

After a while, this became a serious affair.I made cakes for my friends and it happened that once someone agreed to pay me for my work. When someone is ready to pay, it shows how much your work is appreciated.” She did a course on baking and explains, “It is always better to have a certificate. So, I did a diploma in baking and  patisserie from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, Domlur. Since then I have been professionally baking under my brand— Sinalicious Desserts.”

On a regular basis, it is the basic chocolate cake to the signature whisky fudge cake that she is involved with and according to her, she almost never stops baking them. Apart from these, she bakes fondant cakes for bachelor parties, weddings, birthdays and any special occasion. She says, “Sometimes I do an entire candy buffet and of course, cupcakes are never out of my list. My regular customers are between the age of 18 and 60 years, who come back for my cakes with appreciation.”
 
“I take care of most of the things. However, I have my cousin who helps me as a part- timer. My sister and mom also lend a hand.”

About the challenges she faces, she says, “The first in the list was of course convincing my parents and having to accept them that baking is something I want to pursue as a life-long career after which comes the funding. Unless one is from a wealthy background, it is difficult to set one’s foot in the food industry. All the equipment and machines that are used in baking are super expensive and to invest on them is a huge task. There are innumerous cake shops opening everyday in the City and it is hard to keep up with the competition. I don’t indulge in mass production and I don’t use industrial ingredients but locally sourced ones. So things like these make my cakes special,”she says.

 Her motivation, she says, is her close friend Rohan who has been her guinea pig throughout. “The person whom I can never ever thank enough is Rohan. He is one of my very close friends. He is the backbone to what I am doing right now. He was the one who pushed me into this. My parents definitely have been my biggest support and I am greatful to them.”

As for her Christmas list, she has the ‘Christmas plum cake, which is the biggest seller for her. “I make about 300 to 400 kgs of it. I am also making the plum pudding, ginger bread house, cookies and chocolates as gifting options.”

Her future plan is to take baking classes and open a small cafe in the City. She says, “I want to start taking baking classes and open a little cafe of my own where people come and taste my cakes and cookies over a cup of coffee. Hopefully, this will come true by the middle of next year.”


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