Winner of the recent Capsicum Culinary Studio Winter Wonderland Cake Competition held in Durban recently is 27-year old Priyanka Govender. She beat two others in a tightly contested mystery bake-off final to claim the first prize of an all-inclusive full-time Diploma in Patisserie bursary from Capsicum worth R98,000!
Says Julia Greenaway, principal of KZN’s Capsicum Culinary Studio campus and one of the judges: “Priyanka’s cake was delicious and her own recipe. The taste combinations were balanced and the overall aesthetics were appealing and had obvious talent applied.
“She had good time management, and a clean approach to her styling and the way she operated in the kitchen,” she concludes.
Govender, who was born and raised in Durban, but now lives in Johannesburg and works as a radiation therapist, made a five layered velvet cake, covered in a decadent cream cheese icing, finished off with a dark chocolate ganache drip, edible flowers, toasted almonds, blueberries and strawberries.
She says of her win: “I was pleasantly surprised and shocked! Producing a cake in two hours was stressful but I enjoyed every moment of the bake off.”
We asked Govender four quick fire questions:
Where did you learn to bake?
My mum is a self-taught baker who taught me to bake when I was 16 and my love for the hobby has just flourished!
Who would you like to bake a cake for and what would it be?
Sofia Vergara (from the TV series Modern Family) – loud, in your face, beautiful and she has an affinity for cake! I would make her a Tres Leches cake, flavoured with rum and toasted coconut.
Your cake hero?
Buddy Valastro – his creations are innovative and out of the box!
To have my own patisserie and, once I have completed my studies with Capsicum Culinary Studio, I will be working towards that dream!
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