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“You do not wake up at the top, but you work your way up!”

Twenty-seven-year old Ivy is fast becoming one of the most sought after cake artists in the capital.

Prudence Muganhiwa

And the reason is clear, her cakes are beautiful both inside and out.

Born in a family of four, a wife to Victor and a mother to Tadisa, Ivy literally stumbled upon baking.

“It is interesting that I started baking whilst I was in college when I wanted to bake a cake for my boyfriend (now my husband) and a friend of mine gave me free baking lesson.” Her passion was born out of this episode, and since then she has not looked back. Between that day and today, she has successfully established Splendid Cakes, a thriving company which specialises in creating and designing custom cakes for any occasion including weddings, birthday parties, graduations, and the list is endless.

Perhaps what is most amazing about this remarkable woman is that she is actually an IT Graduate who studied Computer Science at the National University of Science and Technology.

“I quit my career in IT to pursue motherhood and start a baking business, simply because cake baking is my passion. People around me thought it was the biggest mistake I had ever made as the modern woman has to earn her place up there as a professional woman in a white collar job. Many thanks to the support I got from my husband who has always been by my side and never criticised me.”

What she enjoys most about what she does is making her customers happy and getting positive feedback about how her cake wowed the customer’s audience. To take bunches of raw ingredients, and watch them come together into a cake or a cookie is a creative endeavor only experienced by the creator.

It is satisfying to have other people enjoy what I have made and to know they are eating nature’s best and not preservatives and additives.”

A staunch Christian who believes in honesty and integrity as her guide for day-to-day living, Ivy trusts God is at the centre of it all. “God gives us the strength to keep pushing forward. I believe we should live lives that touch others in a positive way and I would want to reach out to people using my passion for baking.
Ivy says her household is now used to her sometimes crazy work routines.

“My day starts at 6.30am, and of course there is no fixed time at which it ends. It really depends on the work! Once I have packed lunch for my husband and prepared food for the little one, I head straight to the baking business to get orders under way. Thursdays and Fridays are my busiest days.

Although the baking keeps her busy, Ivy reserves time for her family. “What I enjoy most about family life is taking care of them on my own, seeing each and every development of my daughter, all of these which I would have missed if I pursued a career in IT. This to me defines motherhood.”

Ivy, whose inspiration is Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, has a dream to develop Splendid Cakes even more into a reliable and reputable business providing satisfactory services to its customers. “It takes some effort to get customers who will come back for a cake for all their occasions, and I am continuously working towards just that.”

Strangely, on her To Do list is also a Pharmacy degree as she always wished to become a pharmacist! “My college dream was to become a pharmacist and it’s one of the things I want to do before I get old!”

Seeing as the cake business is fast growing in the country, Ivy had a piece of advice for anyone aspiring to venture into it, “If you want to make it in anything, it is all about hard work. One has to understand that you just do not wake up at the top, but you work your way up through hard work and perseverance.”

19 Responses to “You do not wake up at the top, but you work your way up!”

  1. Rumbi July 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Oh My God. She’s my Baby Sister this one. And why, I had the honour of being one of the first people she told her plans to stay home with her baby and pursue this baking thing. Go Go Ivy. Vakoma cheering you on all the way from Chikwakakwala 🙂

    #proudsisterandfriend#

  2. Cathrine chakwesha July 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Indeed the cakes are wonderful, you go girl!

  3. Moira Tagarira July 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    U gotta love them!! Splendid cakes indeed

  4. Blessing July 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    I’ve just had a splendid cake. My son’s first was great, thanks Ivy.

  5. Fortunate Masvaure July 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    well done Ivy,need one done for my daughter turning one

    • maclean mudziviri July 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

      out of this world , i love splendid cakes so much .

  6. Gilbert July 28, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Makeke chaiwo!
    I am placing an order for me and my wife’s belated birthday. Will need another one for my son’s birthday turning two years on 13 October.

  7. kuda July 28, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    My daughter just turned six and a Splendid cake made it special. We all loved it.

  8. Samson Chatikomba July 28, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    These guys are really awesome. I am a fan of their Facebook page and always check it for updates. Awesome cakes, am inspired.

    https://www.facebook.com/splendidcakeszim

  9. Jonathan Revayi Muwanga July 28, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Well done Ivy on your business. Wish you lots of success.

  10. Kevin July 28, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    My wife had a memorable Valentines’, thanks for the cake, absolutely Splendid…

  11. Munya July 28, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Great stuff. Macakes muno sorta, keep the good work, you life is what you make it.

  12. Reg July 28, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I am happy to see the good work come to light and being published. I have always cherished your cakes big time. Keep it up

  13. Nicolah July 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    The cakes are elegant, total hit. Ivy really knows what a cake should comprise of, with tremendous taste all I can is “wow”. I would highly recommend. keep it up Ivy.

  14. Blessing July 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh makeke ako akarera mimba yangu yum yum

  15. Caroline Chakwesha July 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Keep it up Ivy,your cakes are awesome.May God continue to bless the works of your hands.

  16. Tare July 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Well done Ivy…love your cakes…so moist they just melt in your mouth just how a cake should be..

  17. wasu July 30, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Keep it up very impressed with the story and it is good to know you are a family women. Am sure you will go very far in your business.

  18. gift July 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    good job ivy, nice to see your publication. had been enjoying your cakes, they taste as what you see them. you also know how to handle a client. really love your cakes.

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