#WhoAmISabah – Imaculate Lata Francis

My dad and mum are Kadazan, dad from Kg. Punson, Kinarut and mum from Kg. Simpudu, Papar.

Basically, I am a housewife since 2008.  Previously I was attached to a housing development company.

Since I like baking very much, I will bake my family cakes for tea time or the weekend gathering.

So in 2008, I started my home made cake supply –  homemade chocolate sliced cakes and cupcakes around Country Height coffee shops.

I continued on baking until I received my diploma in cake decorating in 2010 with Square Kitchen where classes were held at the International Centre of Cake Artistry, Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

The story behind the ‘Sigah (Kadazan headgear) Cake was that my uncle’s wife came up with the idea because the one who was getting married is my grand uncle.  They wanted a 100%  Kadazan celebration!

So I planned all the icing recipe, design and colours…   It was really challenging, especially the black colour icing.  This was due to basic the white icing, I found that even if you mix it with black coloring, the darkest color I can get was grey!  But once I discovered sugar craft colours, it works just fine with my designs:).  By the way, to make the sigah, I used plastic icing which I made myself.  I found the recipe from school!

The sigah cake, I charged RM300 but market price is RM800.00 if you base it on weight (1.5kg) and workmanship.  It took me 1 week to complete that cake!

You see, I have decided in future I will do more ethnic designs for cake decorations. I noticed that the wedding cake bakers in Sabah do not accept designs out of the norm, and for me, I will take this to my advantage.

At first, when I started baking seriously, I went and learnt about recipes and did kitchen tests via family members. They gave me different comments or compliments. From there I improved.

Secondly, I attended basic cake decorating classes.  Stage by stage until I received my diploma (5 Days Professional Intensive Diploma Course) in Kuala Lumpur where I attended classes last 12th and 13th August 2011 at Cake Connection, Petaling Jaya.

I promoted and sold my products mostly by word of mouth to earn back tuition fees.  Now, due to high demand, I plan to join venture with a friend to start classes on cake decorating.

Sabah has a lot of ethnic races and I am proud being a daughter of Kadazandusun!  I know a lot of ourculture but there are still so much more to learn.  I am so happy I managed to make an authentic product of my own such as the sigah wedding cake which also helps us introduce Sabah to other countries.

If anyone have any queries or need more information, please connect with me via facebook.

* Please check out more of Imaculate’s beautiful wedding cake in ‘Exhibition’ page under ‘slide presentation‘ or connect with her blog to keep updates with her activities.

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    there goes my dear sister…really proud of you!

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