Baked with love

Creating works of art…to be devoured!

What do 11-year-olds spend their free time doing? Worry about studies, think about what to play, or perhaps cook up some mischievous plan? Well, not this 11-year-old. With a booming online business run through a Facebook page by the name of “Piece O Cake by Samaya”, Samaya Chowdhury spends her spare time indulging in her passion for baking. From a very young age, Samaya developed an interest in the art of baking, inspired by her grandmother. Always willing to participate in some way or the other, Samaya hovered around her nanu while she baked until she could finally assist. At the age of eight, Samaya baked her first cake.

There was a lot of practice that went into developing this skill, Samaya says. After a number of burnt cakes, Samaya moved on from plain cakes to using buttercream. Currently, she has become more proficient at using fondant. “Fondant is just like play-dough, you know,” says Samaya; thus making the decorating process all the more exciting for her. She’s always coming up with new and unique ideas to decorate.

Upon being asked how she manages her time, what with school and being a kid, Samaya says that she has the schedule down. After coming back from school, she finishes up all her school work by the evening and then begins working on her cake orders. Depending on how big the order is, sometimes Samaya has to work till past midnight, but because she loves the process so much, it doesn’t wear her down. “I’ve never failed to deliver an order,” the young baker says proudly.

Nabila Chowdhury, Samaya’s mother, says that the support they got from Samaya’s school teachers has been immense. Despite having to cut down the amount of time she could have potentially spent on studying, Samaya has managed to keep her grades up. “It takes about 10-12 years to fully master a skill,” says Nabila, “and by the time we finish our studies and take up a hobby, we’re too occupied to fully invest in it. Samaya is passionate about baking, and she doesn’t let it hamper her studies, so I thought there was no better time than the present to let her pursue it.”

Early last year, Nabila helped set up the page “Piece O Cake by Samaya”, and under her supervision, Samaya jumpstarted her baking career. She bakes five cakes on average each week, and crafts different kinds of desserts for birthdays, bridal showers, or other festivities as such.

Samaya also has other hobbies. She enjoys reading books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and on weekends and other holidays, Samaya, along with her parents and two younger siblings, plays sports. As Nabila puts it, it’s better for children to be occupied with productive and fun recreational activities with family, rather than pursuing something other kids may deem as “cool”. “What’s cool is having an aim, and working towards it,” she says.

Being an 11-year-old entrepreneur is by no means an easy feat, but Samaya sure does make it look sweet. Her creations may look too pretty to be eaten, but we can assure you, they taste even better!