Sandy native bakes edible art for every occasion
As a child, Nya Warwick derived endless entertainment from watching shows like "Cake Boss" and "Cupcake Wars," almost to the disdain of her parents.
"My parents were so sick of it," Warwick joked. "I had chefs in my family, but no bakers."
She enjoyed watching people bake so much that it spurred her to try her hand at baking and cake decorating at the age of 12.
By the time she was 18, Warwick was making and selling cakes to friends.
Now, Warwick has made her business — Nya's Cakes — her full-time passion and dazzles a following of more than 1,500 people on social media with her custom-made creations. Her works have been the centerpiece of many a birthday and special occasion, taking on the forms of trucks, panda habitats, succulent gardens, unicorns and more. If you can dream it, she can probably create it.
"I like being creative," Warwick said. "I like when people tell me what they want to be made into a cake and I can execute it. I love being able to turn flour, sugar and eggs into an edible piece of art."
Before opening Nya's Cakes as a full-time enterprise, Warwick worked as a baker at Safeway bakeries for five years, where she taught several of her coworkers to decorate cakes. Then, in 2020, she went on maternity leave, and took the time to up her production of cakes. After that, she received such a positive response that she took the leap to make her business her main job, though, she said: "I haven't reached the point that it is feeling like a job."
"I like what I do because it's different all the time," Warwick said. "I know a lot of bakers in the area, who I love, and I feel like my style is different. I like going outside the box."
Warwick added that she also tries to keep her custom creations affordable for folks, especially since she's selling in her hometown.
"Sandy's growing, and Sandy is definitely where I want to be," Warwick said. "There's so much support for small business here, (so) I like to be affordable."
In an effort to make her business even more accessible, Warwick is actually working on renovating a food cart from which to sell her confections, making her business not only outside of the box, but an outside of the brick-and-mortar experience.
"I want it to be an experience," Warwick said, explaining that the cart will give freedom to where and what events she attends with her cakes.
So far, Warwick said her business has been going "really well," and her customer base and social media following grows every month.
Those interested in seeing what Warwick has concocted lately or joining her Facebook following can find her page at facebook.com/nyascakes.
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