March Cake Decorator Spotlight
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
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
This painted floral beauty was inspired by a piece of art I saw on Pinterest.
Springtime Floral Cake
This cake was inspired by a painting that I saw on Pinterest. I just loved the simple design!
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
I created this cake for my sister-in-law. Some Abstract art inspired this cake design.
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
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
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
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
I created this graduation cake for my nieces.
Gray Buttercream Cakes
Autumn Inspired Cakes
Sarwat, thank you so much for making time for the feature! Your cakes are just beautiful!!
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