My story of following my passion

When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.

I am Rohini Punjabi now Vaidhya, a Pune based home baker. I am MBA by qualification and a Cake Artist by passion. I am into theme based cakes and cupcakes, I love to bake cakes for kids as it always gives me a fairytale feel. I also take regular classes for basic to advance cakes, fondant cakes, breads and its varieties, biscuits and cookies, desserts and many more.

When I completed my MBA, due to some uncertain circumstances I was not able to go and get a job, so I started investing my time in the things I love (baking and cooking). As a cake lover I always wanted to bake my own cake. After many failed attempts I baked my first successful sponge cake at the age of 23.

Like everyone my first baking experience was a disaster. But I was aware of the fact and so it did not hurt me. It was good in taste but yes it was not as good as what cakes are meant to be.

Soon I took the job in an Insurance Broking Firm. After working there for 2 years I wasn’t happy from inside. Soon I realized that I was not very happy with the regular desk job in a company. I realized that I was fond of baking and passionately enjoyed it as a hobby and so in March 2016. I decided to take my passion to a professional level and chose to become a home baker. My Mother is the true source of inspiration. She is the best friend, philosopher and guide to me. I got the power to leave my job as HR and start my career as an entrepreneur is also because of her. She has given power to my wings to achieve my dreams. In my family she was the first lady who left her government job to start her own boutique.

This is when Rohini’s Cake Tales was born. In April 2016 I just went ahead and took the step to give my hobby a name, I was brave enough to take that step as somewhere my mother had already made a way for us to listen to our heart and follow our dreams. I belong to a family where every individual is equally respected and is free to keep his/her opinion no matter what it is about. Touchwood, I feel blessed. Even after marriage I am blessed with a supportive husband who keeps my dreams first and motivates me to fulfill them and wants me to someone whom other women’s will look upon.

Within a year of my baking career I got featured in Pune times, Times of India during Rakshabandhan for my Rasmalai cake in August 2017. In the same year I was featured for Wedding Vows magazine in the month of November for wedding cakes column. In 2018 I was featured for my Mango Rose Cake. In Feb 2019 I got the opportunity to bake a cake for Padmashri PT Usha who was the chief guest for Little Millenium’s Kids Marathon. In this past years I won Several online cake competitions as well. I was even invited to judge few cake competitions. This was a great feeling to get featured in top news papers, blogs and magazines of India. I am overwhelmed by the response I have got.

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Author – Rohini Punjabi

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