Self-taught Toronto baker bakes the most incredible Japanese anime cakes
Julia Yang started her baking journey at the age of only three, she is now twenty-four and bakes the most elaborate personalized cakes.
From intricate creations of anime characters like Demon Slayer’s Nezuko, Jujutsu Kaisen’s Gojo Satoru, and Sailor Moon to wedding and baby shower cakes – Yang has an impressive eye for detail.
Yang started cooking from a young age with her mother for the Sunday church service. She started to help by putting the ingredients together then mixing them together and finally taking over.
Julia Yang told blogTO: “As I got older I wanted to include more cake decorations and incorporate a more creative aspect. I tried my best to learn how to decorate cakes by watching a lot of videos online, reading books and testing many recipes. ”
Yang went to Ryerson University for business, but after a year where her parents saw that it wasn’t her passion, they encouraged her to pursue her baking ambitions and take a baking class. or kitchen instead.
She then went to George Brown College and studied cooking and, interestingly, the savory techniques she learned in her program could be applied to her baking.
“I wanted to apply the techniques that I would learn from salty and apply it to sweet,” Yang said.
She explains that she uses the same technique as making pasta for her pastry. “I create a well for the wet ingredients and gradually incorporate it into the dry ingredients – except that I am mixing in a bowl and not on a wooden plate.”
Before the pandemic, Yang worked as a waiter at the airport. When it all started to stop, she had more time to focus on her craft and use what she had learned in her business and culinary program and apply it to her cake business.
The average cake that Yang sells costs around $ 160, however, at its lowest, they sell for $ 85 and can go up to $ 350, depending on the complexity of the cake and the price of the decor.
All custom cakes are completely unique and freestyle, “It takes about 5-8 hours to create each cake and I don’t sketch it out, I just research the character or idea before I start and then create it on it. -fly as you go. ”
On average, she gets over twenty-five requests per week, however, “I only accept half of those orders on a first come, first served basis so I can make sure every cake gets the love. and the time it deserves. ”
Order requests can be made by direct message to Yang on Instagram or by emailing him. By the end of July, she will have an online forum to make the process a bit smoother.
Yang reveals that his long-term goal is to open a cafe with his sister Lucia Yang where cakes, slices, specialty drinks and more will be available.