"Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone elses. "
- Billy Wilder
“Understand your capabilities first and think about how much work you are putting in. If you are giving quality products then definitely people will come to you, no matter what.” – Navpreet Saluja
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. These wise words completely resonate with Navpreet Saluja, who is the genius behind Cake Cloud. This home baking venture provides top-notch, fresh and customized cakes to customers.
Baking has always been at the back of Navpreet’s mind, who is a home-maker. What started as baking for the family, turned into a proper home-baking business five years ago thanks to her husband’s support and motivation. “I had decided that I wanted to make baking my profession and not just do it as a hobby. I believe in learning from good mentors, so I took professional training in all the courses from White Lotus, Pune.”
While fresh cream cakes are her forte, Navpreet likes baking the Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese, in both the cake as well as the cupcake form. The first cake that she baked was for her younger brother, when she was in the 11th standard. She fondly remembers, “I searched for some recipes online and added some cherries, nuts and colours to my first cake to make it look a little different from the usual sponge cakes that my mother used to make back then.” Apart from this, the Ferrero Rocher Cake and designer cakes are her other favourites.
According to her, the most challenging project was a 6 kg engagement cake that had to travel all the way from Magarpatta to Hinjewadi. “On top of that, it was a complete fresh cream cake because the customer did not want a fondant cake. All these factors made it very challenging for me.”
Navpreet says that her goal for the next five years is to be a well-known name in the area of fresh cream cakes. “I am also looking forward to own a restaurant cum cafe which means it would be a restaurant having its own in-house bakery. Hopefully, in the next three to four years we will be able to achieve this goal,” she says.
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Speaking about her experience working with Bulb and Key, she says, “Initially I was a little skeptical about this platform as I thought it was unnecessarily time-consuming. But the founders explained the concept so well to me that I eventually decided to join. The team is very determined and passionate and the delivery part is very helpful. Now Bulb and Key is the only ‘key’ to my delivery issues.”
A vital piece of advice that Navpreet would like to give to the beginners in the baking field is to obtain proper knowledge of their work first, have good mentors and then start a business. It is also important to understand what kind of quality we are offering and what price we are quoting to the customers, she feels. “Naturally people will compare prices but if you are offering quality, fresh products then definitely people will come to you, no matter what. So always focus on the quality and have patience as well.”
This is essential advice indeed and we are honoured to have such talented bakers like Navpreet on our platform.
Quality is indeed the best business plan. – Navpreet Saluja