March Cake Decorator Spotlight

Stunning Cake Ideas

Hi everyone! I am back with a March feature on Sarwat Ahmad (@typs_baker). I love her cakes which have a distinct decorating touch with lots of stunning floral and palette buttercream work. I am so excited to be finally featuring her! Everyone should check her work out on Instagram. Read on below to learn a little bit more about Sarwat.

Hi Sarwat! Can you share some about yourself?

My name is Sarwat Ahmad, I am a New Yorker living in the Midwest, and I am a wife and a mom of three. And I love creating cake art!

How did your cake decorating journey begin?

I actually started as a baker when I decided to be a stay-at-home mom for my kids, and needed a creative outlet. My love for yummy desserts soon evolved into my love for pretty desserts. For a long time, I was basically making themed birthday cakes for my three boys. I started to take cake design seriously two years ago after getting inspired by some amazing cake artists on Instagram.

What is your favorite process of baking/cake decorating?

I adore designing a cake and choosing color palettes! I’m always the most excited when I start creating a cake in my head and when it’s completed, of course! 

Do you have a memorable cake that challenged you?

There is not one cake I found to be particularly more challenging than others. I do have to say that I’m terrified of drips. I don’t do them a lot and I almost always am not happy with them. Writing is another challenge. I don’t use it much on my cakes, doesn’t fit my aesthetic, and when I have to write, I am always so nervous!

What do you love the most about your job?

I love my work as a cake decorator because I love to create something pretty and dreamy. I also find that I am constantly learning new techniques and working on perfecting them. And I love people’s reactions when they see the cake!

What are your go-to tools when designing a cake?

My go to tools when designing a cake are piping tips and stencils.

Do you have a favorite cake design?

My favorite cake design is anything that has a modern but whimsical or enchanting vibe. A textured base with some dreamy florals and of course gold are my absolute favorite elements of a cake!

What is your favorite dessert?

My favorite dessert is anything with a rich but creamy chocolate flavor. Add some berries and I’m in love! 

Where do you find your inspiration from? 

I look for inspiration online a lot — in art, photography and fabric design. I do look at other cakes for some inspiration but I don’t like to copy cakes. I like to start with inspiration and create something of my own.

Do you have a cake style?

I would say my cake style is modern and trending towards minimalism but with a charming and whimsical vibe. I always loved illustrations in fairy tales and children’s books, especially florals and vines — I always found them enchanting and dreamy!

What do you enjoy doing besides making cakes?

Besides cake design, I love watching well-written crime or period dramas, re-watching episodes of The Office, and listening to podcasts about everything from entertainment to true crime and history!

My Favorite Cakes

Buttercream Abstract Cake

Buttercream Abstract Cake

I made a pretty buttercream abstract wreath cake for a friend on Instagram. This cake was inspired by an invitation on Pinterest.

Painted Floral Cake

Painted Floral Cake

This painted floral beauty was inspired by a piece of art I saw on Pinterest. 

Springtime Floral Cake

Springtime Floral Cake

This cake was inspired by a painting that I saw on Pinterest. I just loved the simple design!

Stunning Stenciled Cake

Stunning Stenciled Cake

This was my birthday cake with a palette of grays dusky blues, green, and Pantone’s Color of the Year — Very Peri!

Layered Faultline Cake

Layered Faultline Cake

I created this cake for my sister-in-law. Some Abstract art inspired this cake design.

Winter Botanicals Cake

Winter Botanicals Cake

A stenciled semi-naked cake topped with a winter wreath full of snow-covered pinecones, cotton bolls, poinsettias and blue and green spruce for a winter collab on Instagram.

Eid Murbarak Cake

Eid Murbarak Cake

I created this cake to celebrate Eid ul Fitr. Eid ul Adha is the second of two holidays observed by Muslims around the world. The first — Eid ul Fitr — celebrates the successful completion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Birds Inspired Cake

Birds Inspired Cake

This cake is about 2.5 inches in diameter and a smidge about 4 inches high. Check my reels on Instagram to see how I stack three filled cupcakes to make a tall mini cake! I knew I wanted to add gold, and was looking at some parrot color palettes so it was a perfect time to use my new bird mold!

Dreamy Buttercream Floral Semi Naked Cake

Dreamy Buttercream Floral Semi Naked Cake

I loved this dreamy and soft floral semi naked beauty. The florals and colors were chosen to match a baby shower invite. A Bambi topper was added later. What a cute baby shower theme! Check out more semi naked cake inspiration here.

Pink Graduation Cake

Pink Graduation Cake

I created this graduation cake for my nieces.

Gray Buttercream Cakes

Gray Buttercream Cake
Gray Buttercream Floral Cake

Autumn Inspired Cakes

Autumn Inspired Cake
Floral Autumn Cake
Palette Autumn Cake

Sarwat, thank you so much for making time for the feature! Your cakes are just beautiful!!

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