Mariyam Salveena is from Addu City and is married and has two children. She spends most of her time as tutoring students at home. Baking and cake decoration is her passion and she has been in the field for the past six years and in teaching for more than fifteen years.
“I was always interested in baking and food preparations and it was a dream of mine to decorate cakes of different designs for different occasions. My dream came true after I did a basic cake-decorating course from my sister in law (Fareesha Ali) one of the most popular cake decorators and a trainer in the Maldives.”
Soon after her basic course, she did a wedding cake decorating course as well and also attended Royal Icing Stain Lace classes conducted by Ms Faye Cahil (a world famous cake decorator and trainer), in Sri Lanka. To improve her skills even further, she sought the help of the internet and practiced unique designs for her family members.
Immediately after her basic course, she did her first cake order for a friend of hers and the comments she received from that motivated her to start baking and cake decorating as a part time career. Since she loves teaching, she started conducting basic cake decorating classes, sugar paste flower and wedding cake decorating classes in Malé and in Addu City.
“So far, I have trained more than 300 women in this field. I am glad that some of my students are practicing and becoming professionals in this field. My husband is the reason for me to start this professionally. He is the one who helped me in every way possible and who is there with me at any time. Therefore, I would like to thank him for everything.”
Salveena looks forward to establishing the Dream Cake brand in Maldives and open an outlet for selling different types of cakes, cake decorating tools and conducting cake decorating classes.
Words by Sama Nasheed
Photography by Dream Cake