Self taught baker Colline Watts talks juggling working part time, being a full time mum and turning her passion into a business! Her aesthetically pleasing baking creations have our mouths watering already… see more on her Instagram!
Give us a brief summary of your story as a baker and your business so far:
I am an accountant in my day job but have always loved cooking and baking. Being in the kitchen makes me happy and when I was on maternity leave after giving birth to my son, I challenged myself to making a “birth-date” cake every month to celebrate him reaching each milestone. This was my alternative to having milestone cards. For his first birthday, I made a whole dessert table and started getting people requesting me to make some for them. This is how ‘Colline Bakes’ was born. I decided to make it into a side business from December 2017 and I now juggling working part time, spending time with my little one and working hard to make Colline Bakes into a full time business.
What would you say is your favourite treat to make?
I really enjoy making macarons as they were the first item I started selling not long after I decided to start as a business.
Are there any secret recipes that have been passed down through your family?
A lot of the recipes that have passed on through family are actually savoury, but one of my favourite recipes that I learnt from my aunt when I was about 10 is actually quite simple. She taught me how to make some vetkoeks/fat cakes which is fried dough bread shaped like a donut and we would have this with a hot drink in the morning. She used to make the best ones and every time I make them, it reminds me of my childhood life growing up in Africa.
What inspired you to turn your passion into a business?
The joy it actually brought people that started buying from me from encouraged me to turn this into a business. It made me realise how much I liked creating and trying different recipes and I haven’t looked back since.
What is the hardest yet most rewarding part of being a baker?
The hardest part is the time it takes to actually make cakes. I don’t think a lot of people realise how long it can take and the pressures of baking in the heat. But, when you see that final product and a client is happy… it’s worth every minute.
Any advice for our young bakers out there?
I would say don’t rush the process of cake baking. Take your time and enjoy the process. Also always have fun!
Quick Fire Questions:
Go to recipe if you have last minute guests coming over?
Carbonara, quick easy and tasty!
Dream bakery gig/client?
I would love to create something for my favourite YouTuber Casey Neistat. I have an idea in my head to create a cake that will incorporate a lot of the things he says he likes on his vlogs.
Ever thought about going on ‘The Great British Bake Off’?
I have but the thought of making pastry in the very hot tent makes me so nervous.. Maybe if Paul Hollywood fans me whilst I bake? I would sign up right now!