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The Baker's Dozen and other High Tea favourites.

For sisters Geetika and Latika Sakhuja, most days are spent creating sweet treats and baked delights. The duo has been churning out a wide assortment of both savoury and sweet goods from their basement bakery for over ten years. Their baked goods are so highly esteemed that they were commissioned to make a 'gold medal cake' for Abhinav Bindra after he won the gold medal at the Olympics. "It all started with an order for lollipops and cookies. From that we got an order for 300 lemon cakes for a birth announcement, and from then there has been no looking back," says Latika. Considering that initially they had only two small ovens to work with, it was a tall order to fulfil. Especially since baked goods have a short life span and the bakers don't use preservatives.

But they baked nonstop for a week and would send out the freshly baked cakes as soon as they were ready. Now, armed with an industrial sized oven, their boutique bakery called Yummies, can churn out upwards of one hundred cakes a day. Since everything is custom made by hand by the sisters themselves, they do require an advance notice of two to three days. Their expansive menu offers everything from Tiramisu, sandwiches, bite size pizzas, quiches, cakes and puddings. All in all, everything one would need for High-Tea for high society or a child's birthday party.

"We never thought that it would become a viable business, but there has always been a dearth of good-quality baked goods and we stepped in to fill the void," says Geetika. The sisters say that the hardest part of starting their boutique bakery was the sourcing of ingredients, as initially nothing was available. "We would fly back from abroad with suitcases filled with baking accessories and decorations." Now the sisters, have their supply chain in place and as a result are able to offer the latest in baked goods, such as their speciality photo cakes (with photo-like images printed in edible colours), to their customers. Apart from keeping abreast with baking trends, the sisters say the main reason they have been successful is because they have never skimped on the quality of their products and they have managed to up the anti on the more traditional bakeries. "In our business, everything depends on what the client likes. And people have become very demanding. Initially they were happy with a chocolate cake, but now they want a chocolate cake with a picture of a fantasy character in specific colours. And we have to deliver because customer satisfaction is everything,' says Latika.

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Date:Apr 1, 2010
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