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Cakey by Davy

Lockdown really screwed a lot of us over!  So many people have lost their jobs, and just have no idea where to turn.  I know of families that are starving, and friends that have no idea when their next income will be received.

And then, a friend introduced me to Davy.  I gave him a call to find out more about this business that started during lockdown, and I KNOW that he is going to change the world one delicious cake at a time.

Davy lost his job at a well-known restaurant during lockdown where he had been a cleaner.  His new baby was only a few weeks old, and they had no idea how they were going to survive.  But Davy doesn’t give up!  He hustled, taught himself to bake by watching YouTube videos, and now is able to stay at home to look after their children while his wife is at work.  He then bakes from 5pm – 12am to ensure that his cakes are fresh for any orders that he has, and he has really found his creativity and passion.


Your name:  Davy Tsopo

Business name: Cakey by Davy

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Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me more about you:  Im Davy Tsopo. I am a father of two boys – Craig is  7 years and Travis is 5 months. I am married to Tatenda, who is a very hard working woman.

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Tell me about your business:  I bake delicious cakes!  I specialize in Vanilla, Carrot and Chocolate cakes, cupcakes and muffins.

How did you get into this business:  When Covid19 pandemic forced us into lock down I started teaching myself how to bake by following videos on YouTube. It was theory only because my oven stove was not yet connected. When we finally moved to level 4 of lockdown, an electrician connected my stove. I started doing muffins for my family and then moved to cakes. It was fun because I was teaching myself and I enjoyed it.

When did you start baking:  It was end of May when I started selling my muffins and cakes, and it was a huge relief for me because i was getting something for my family to eat. In June I officially started baking and I have never looked back. I have lovely friends who supports me. I can mention a few – Charlie K, Inge, JP, Luschka, Tania, in UK my friend Tendai in UK, –  all these people played a big role in starting this business.

How much are your cakes:  My cakes cost R150 medium and R250 for large.

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How can people order from you:  Most of my customers order via Instagram and Facebook but some order through my friends.  You can whatsapp me on 084 430 7326 to order yours.

Where can people collect from:  I’m located at Linden, Johannesburg.

Why do you love baking so much:  I’m loving baking because I’m learning new things everyday.

How has this business changed your life:  I lost my job at Brian Lara as a cleaner. Now I can feed my family and pay bills.

Quote you live by:  In order to write about life first you must live it.

Anything else you want to add:  Thanks so much for supporting me. I’m still new in this industry but I’m loving each and every support I’m getting from all corners of this world. Stay safe one day we gonna conquer this Covid19. Peace, love and harmony.

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Guys, please support this wonderful man.  Davy is so humble, so kind, and honestly just wants the absolute best for his family.  Order your next birthday/anniversary/just because cake from him in Linden; and tell your friends about how delicious they are.  I am going to be sponsoring a giveaway with him, so make sure you keep an eye on his social media for when this is happening.

And if there are any bakers who would be willing to take Davy under their wing to teach him more and help him to really achieve his dreams, please contact me or Davy directly.  The fact that he has managed to achieve all of this through just watching YouTube videos shows that he has a natural talent, and with a little coaching could be the next big thing!  He would also really appreciate donations of baking goods to help take his business to the next level – he was mixing everything by hand (37 cakes for Father’s Day were all beaten and mixed by him personally), and recently received a large mixer to help make this process easier and quicker.

It has been so lovely getting to know him better, and I know that you will all adore him too.


Pumpkin Pie

I was given this recipe from a family member following a Christmas dinner, & whenever I have made it since it has been a huge hit!  Yesterday we had our Christmas lunch with our friends, & it reminded me again of how popular & yummy it is – so I knew I had to share it with you.  Perhaps you could even make it for your next family celebration?


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Ingredients:
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Cake Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Cream
100g melted Butter
2 cups cooked, mashed Butternut/Pumpkin

Sauce:
5 tsp Butter
1/4 cup Cold Water
1 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
2 Tbl Maizena Corn Flour

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Method:

  1. Set oven to 160°C.
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl; mix the eggs, cream & butter.  Add the butternut & mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients & mix.
  5. Place the mixture into a greased oven dish & bake for 2 hours.
  6. While the pie is baking, mix all the sauce ingredients together & cook in microwave a little bit at a time until thick.
  7. Once the pie is cooked, pour the sauce over the top.
  8. Place back in the over for roughly 10 minutes until the sauce has soaked in & the pie is baked through.
  9. Enjoy!

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This can be served as a main with your meat & veggies, but also enjoyed as a dessert with cream on top.

I am sure that you will love it!  Please tag me in your pics when you try it yourself.

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Oh My (Cake)!

I first heard about Oh My Cake! when they contacted us & offered to make a cake for the Rare Bear Project‘s second birthday.  I was really impressed by this contact as they are a relatively small business, yet they still wanted to find a way to be able to give back to the community.  The ladies were SO excited when we told them we were bringing them cake, & when we finally got to sample it, I think we all just melted.  It was beyond amazing & delicious, & we were literally licking the platter that the cake came on.


So when it came time to do my 30th Cake Smash, I knew that I was going to go straight to them.  I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but then they told me that they always have ready-to-buy cakes & you can just phone them in the morning so they can whatsapp you pics of what they have available on that day.  Say whaaaaaat?!

On the day of my shoot I went in to the shop & was immediately drawn to the “Love Bug” chocolate cake – & these pics show you just why!

After we were done shooting, laughing & generally having the best afternoon ever with the ladies from Through The Lens Photography, we sat down together to enjoy some cake & tea together.  Well, let me tell you, this cake tasted even better than it looks!  It was not too sweet, but literally melted in my mouth.  And the macaroons on the side?  Om nom nom nom.  I haven’t tasted such a delicious cake in such a long time & took it home for husband to take in to his office for the ladies there.  It easily fed about 12 of us – although I am sure we could have found room for more if we had been pushed (I am sure women have a dessert stomach too!).  I contacted the ladies who work there to find out a bit more.


Your names: Naseeha Hassen & Camilla HysonCam & Nas
Some interesting/fun facts about you: Naseeha loves weightlifting & Camilla is a pottery enthusiast.
When did you start: 2014
What did you do before this: I (Naseeha) was pursuing an academic career in Human Medical Genetics, & had just completed my Masters Degree. Camilla was working in corporate marketing.
How/why did it start: Cake decorating started as a hobby, to relieve stress. For Camilla, it was mastering the art of macarons. Both of us found our passion in creating edible art, & decided to leave our careers. Camilla & I met at a market in 2015, as competitors trading side-by-side. Over time, we slowly began to collaborate at events, & in 2016, we took the plunge & opened our first store together. Within a year, our team had grown & our little space was becoming too small for us, so we opened the doors of our brand new store in Cedar Square, in September 2017.


What do you love most about having your own business: We love inspiring our team & watching them grow & develop their skills.
What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: The exhaustion can sometimes be completely overwhelming! As the business owner, you never really have a day off – your mind is always on the team, the customer, the product, the brand, the finances, the next steps for growth…it never switches off!
What is your main objective for your business: To grow a strong brand with an inspired team & consistently awesome products, that look like art & taste like dessert.
You can find them here:  FacebookOnline…  Instagram

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Oh My Cake! also sells their wares at the Linden Market, so if you are there make sure you have a go at their scrummy offerings!  And just to tempt your tastebuds, here is a bit more about what they have:

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PS  You can also organise delivery through UberEATS if you aren’t able to get to their shop yourself – ie no excuses not to try something.

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