COCOA & SILK
Hi everyone! I’m Jaina and I am a self-taught baker inspired by colour, textures, florals and gold.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING?
A hot cross bun… because they’re totally acceptable all year round and not just at Easter 🙂
DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE SNACK?
Literally anything that contains chocolate or cake. Chocolate cake is even better!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CAKE DECORATING FOR?
I have loved baking since I learnt some basics back in school (weirdly, Profiteroles were considered a basic)! After that I would make random family birthday cakes and desserts. Last July I moved jobs and began working from home and decided it would be the right time to try and give more time to my passion decorating cakes and desserts… and here we are!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE CAKE DECORATING?
I find the entire experience so relaxing and enriching to your mind. It allows you to forget about everything else going on in the outside world, and just get down to you, your own thoughts and your creative expression
IN TIMES OF DOUBT, WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET BACK INTO YOUR CREATIVE ZONE?
Put Alexa on! Music really helps to get me into the right frame of mind (and of course sing my heart out around the kitchen while doing so) and motivates me.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN YOUR CAKE DECORATING SKILLS?
I am self-taught, videos and posts on Instagram and YouTube have really pushed me to try and learn new things and styles. Trial and error go a long way in honing your skills 🙂
However, I would love to attend some one-off classes with some of my inspirations one day!
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE, WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
I still have a 9 to 5 job as a Product Manager so typically I am at my laptop and on calls talking about software and product features all daaaaay long, while daydreaming about what bakes I can make that evening or weekend! I don’t nearly get to create as much as I would like but working from home really does help me manage my time and get decorating as soon as I log off.
WE KNOW EDIBLE ART PAINT IS A MEDIUM YOU USE, WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?
Everything! In all honesty for me – it’s the versatility that makes it the best to work with, from painting small details on macarons and cake pops, to intricate designs on cakes, to painting entire tiers! Plus the fact that it can be used on just about everything. Most importantly, the range of colours are divineeeee and you can mix colours to just about any shade you need. Obsessed!
WHAT IS YOUR #1 PIECE OF ADVICE FOR THE NEWBIES IN CAKE DECORATING?
Don’t be afraid, try new things and just be you. Not everything will turn out to be exactly how you first envisaged, but if you give it your best shot and express yourself in the only way you know how, you can be proud! I am nowhere near where I want to be but I know if I just keep on trying I will learn and develop along the way and I can’t wait.
WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION IN THE CAKE DECORATING WORLD?
This is such a hard question as there are so many! I can get totally consumed and lost in Instagram, gawking at everyone’s creations. If I had to choose, I am totally in love with @sugarandsaltcookies for her stunning colours and designs, and @magnoliakitchen for being the most hilarious yet insanely talented lady with anything she touches.