SimplySxy catches up with Erika as we ask this lovely baker on her favourite creations, dessert inspirations and how her love for baking began.
Hi Erika, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions on SimplySxy. Please share with us a little about yourself and where you’re from?
Hi! I’m a baking blogger from Singapore who creates unique desserts. I share the recipes on www.sumopocky.com. Baking is my therapy and I find peace one recipe at a time. If you are a visual creature, then check out my YouTube for baking videos! For more of my bakes and behind-the-scenes shots, you can also view my Instagram and Facebook.
Was it tough at the beginning when you started baking for the first time or did it come naturally to you?
I embarked on this baking journey by learning how to make macarons. It was an ambitious choice of dessert for a beginner with close to zero experience. While I had to go through multiple batches of failed macarons, my first successful batch marked the launch of my baking endeavours.
In retrospect, the failures were beneficial in setting my foundations of basic baking techniques. From then on, it was much easier to approach other recipes. Over time, I’ve become more adventurous in trying out or creating new recipes. Now and then, I still experience failures in the kitchen. But that is fine! It is part and parcel and helps me to grow as a baker.
Who gets to try and critique your desserts when you first make them?
My friends and family are often the first to get a taste of my desserts. Based on their highly valued feedback, improvements are made to each recipe before it is published on Sumopocky. P.S. They are also kind enough to devour my less than pretty failed desserts, because ugly desserts need loving too!
Where do you get your inspiration behind all those beautiful desserts?
Inspiration comes from a non-exhaustive list of sources – from fellow bakers online, to gourmet magazines, to trips to bakeries and patisseries. Sometimes, inspiration strikes from the most unexpected places such as nature, the city skyline, a piece of art, a beautiful film, or even a well-written novel.
Which are 3 of your all time proudest creations?
The top 3 of my all time favourite original creations have to be my Totoro Black Sesame Chiffon Cake, Alpaca Macarons and Tsum Tsum Mooncakes. I love how unique and adorable they are, and most importantly, their tastes leave me craving for more!
Do you have any other hobbies?
When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m knee deep in thought-provoking novels and films. I spend hours wandering in the fictional universes created by my favourite author, Haruki Murakami. Films by brilliant directors from the likes of Michel Gondry and Wes Anderson also keep me hooked to the screen. And whenever a book or film impacts me deeply, I have the natural compulsion to share my book and movie reviews on Sumopocky.
What guilty pleasures do you have for food?
I cannot resist desserts with dark chocolate, cheese, matcha green tea and berries. My guilty pleasures include macarons, lava cakes, cheesecakes, tiramisu, and probably any Japanese dessert.
If you had the chance to meet anyone past or present, who will it be?
I will like to meet Haruki Murakami. From his books, he appears to be such a chill yet knowledgeable and opinionated guy. Thus, it’d be nice to spend a day chilling with him and having conversations about anything under the umbrella of life.
It’s a great pleasure to feature you on SimplySxy, Erika. Before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
To me, sexiness is about exuding confidence, having passion or goals in life, standing by one’s morals, and bearing a healthy degree of selflessness.
Featured image courtesy of Erika Low
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