This baker from Muzaffarabad is an artist, literally.
Baking and finding that a fun activity in Pakistan is usually thought of as a woman’s area and only ladies have such ‘aesthetics’ to add detailing into this form of art but that’s not the truth. When it comes to art, anyone can be apt at it if they’ve got the eye and passion.
Wajid Ali Shah is a painter turned baker and his cakes will leave you to awe at their beauty
Shah graduated from the prestigious National College of Arts in Lahore majoring in painting
He does pen/pencil sketching and creates oil paintings as well
He likes to get candid in his work where he can express the real emotions of human life which can be gruesome and dark
Wajid’s work in painting doesn’t shy away from becoming a little “serious”
His work will make you realize that even though human life is torn and tattered, there’s lots of complexity to explaining people’s circumstances.
But Shah ventured into baking to help out his sister in establishing her baking business in their hometown, Muzaffarabad
Wajid is trying to improve the aesthetics of his sister’s baking so that she’ll have a thriving business there
Shah and his sister enjoy baking together as it gives them a chance to be a part of preserving other people’s precious moments
And tbh, they both are doing a pretty great job
For Wajid, baking is just another form of art where he gets to paint the food and can express himself by making people happy about something they love – cakes!
The brother-sister duo haven’t learned baking professionally from anywhere
They get inspired and enhance their skills by watching online baking tutorials and Wajid’s painting skills come in handy as well.
Since Wajid is enjoying baking with his sister, he’s planning to expand this business and bring it to Lahore where he works as an artist
This desi dholak cake will make you go ballay ballay while you eat it
If we could, we would have this Halloween cake as a mantelpiece
Wajid plans to establish an art studio in Lahore where he can bake and serve as a visual artist, practicing both his passions
His sister’s 18 years old daughter also helps them out so it’s become one big family business
If you’re ever in Muzaffarabad and craving some seriously beautiful cakes, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page, Home Baking and you can follow Wajid Ali Shah’s work on his Instagram.
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