Lana’s passion for baking started when she was just a little girl. Lana remembers that every time she attended a birthday party, she was always intrigued by the birthday cake.
Lana inherited her ‘sweet-tooth’ from her Ouma (grandmother). She recalls memories of her earlier days, where she would be upset or crying and her Ouma would dip her finger into a bowl of sugar and give it to Lana to taste and ease her grievances – it worked like a charm, every time!
I have personally known Lana for almost 12 years and she has intrigued and inspired me with her strong entrepreneurial drive. Lana has always been a keen entrepreneur with her first business opportunity commencing when she was just 11 years old. Lana and her classmates were given the opportunity to make some pocket-money by running their own side-line business at school. Lana commenced selling her family favourite, Chocolate Fudge Squares (which I have tasted and are divine!). Her little business quickly became successful and within a short time, her side-line business had become profitable.
LANA LAYNES CAKES
Lana is a full-time Banker with her Masters in Innovation, Management and Technology living in Umhlanga, South Africa. She is an extremely hard-worker with a strong sense of business and an ambitious mind. Despite being a hard-working business woman, Lana has a heightened passion for baking. All of her gorgeous creations are self-taught through Google, blogs, TV shows and simply trial-and-error.
Once Lana reached university, she started to bake cakes for friends’ birthdays as a gift.
I never really had the budget to buy extravagant gifts. I soon realized that a cake brought more happiness than a present. I had so much fun creating different kinds of cakes, with different themes.
I clearly recall receiving many beautiful cakes from Lana that were so delicious, I would finish the entire cake off within the day of receiving them. Not only were they great tasting but they were absolutely beautiful, filled with love and detailed effort. These are just some of the gorgeous creations that Lana has made for her special friends and family:
Lana believes that a cake is more than a plate of food or something tasty. She believes that a cake has a connecting function that brings people together. It is a delicacy that is always shared!
This belief holds true and I got to experience it first-hand, as Lana volunteered to make my wedding cake for me. To this day, I still have friends and family asking me who had made my cake, as it was so soft, tasty, fresh and beautiful. A truly special gesture that will never be forgotten, and will forever be a highlight of my special day.
LANA IS AN INSPIRATION TO WOMEN
Despite Lana’s business, study and work-life, she has always been dedicated to her passion and her ambition. Lana constantly amazes me with her energy, strong-will and desire to achieve. She never puts anything less than 100% into everything that she does and commits whole-heartedly to her passions. I have watched Lana grow over the years and I admire her tenacity. Lana is the perfect example of a busy business-woman who makes time for her passions and her dreams.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR LANA LAYNES CAKES?
Lana recently had exposure with a production team which has given her a taste of what it is like to be on a reality show. Lana’s dream is to be a part of a baking reality show and to eventually start her own coffee shop, where she would be able to sell her cakes – I don’t doubt that this will happen one day soon, Lana! In order to ensure that she delivers the absolute best quality in her coffee shop, Lana intends to travel and visit bakeries around the world to taste their cultural baking specialities and to use this as inspiration in her future baking endeavours.
She is also currently working on a blog in her spare time which will be a platform to inspire other passionate and amateur bakers, like herself.
This is currently a work in progress so watch this space for some exciting and inspirational baking posts and recipes!
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