Vahishta Zandbaf is one of the most sought-after cake designers in south Mumbai and rightly so! The young entrepreneur is a pastry chef who specialises in food styling. She owns Tier Nom Patisserie in south Mumbai and the cakes she styles are ones that will make you sit up and take notice. Tier Nom Patisserie is one cake place famous among many Mumbai celebrities. All pictures/Vahishta Zandbaf Instagram
Vahishta Zandbaf studied arts but food and desserts have always been a huge part of her life. Hence, it came as no surprise when she launched Tier Nom Patisserie, a cake creation service that rolls out yummy desserts that are a sheer treat to the eyes too!
Vahishta Zandbaf pursued Patisserie with formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in London in 2014 and also did an extensive course in sugar floristry at the Peggy Porschen Academy, London in 2015. After coming back to India, she started her own company
It was Vahishta Zandbaf's cake at the infamous Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas engagement ceremony that made a lot of noise on the social media. The cake weighed a whopping 15 kilograms. Not only this, it required three people to lift the cake. The three-tier white and pink case with gold and floral designs caught everyone's attention
Apparently, the cake at the Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas engagement bash had gold leaves adorned which were pure 24 carat. Along with the 24 k gold leaves, gorgeous pink cymbidium orchids, hydrangeas and berries were used to ornament the cake
The official Instagram page of the Tier Nom Patisserie shared the picture and a video of the cake, captioning it as, "A very special (but last minute) engagement cake for a very special couple #Engaged. This pretty thing may look not-so-large but weighed a whopping 15 kilos, took 3 men to carry and gave us quite the jitters. Adorned in buttercream, 24k gold leaf, gorgeous pink cymbidium orchids, hydrangeas and berries. If only you all could see it in person." (sic)
What makes her cakes click with the whos-who of Mumbai celebrities? Vahishta Zandbaf says that she pays attention to details. She uses her expertise to bring out creativity. Zandbaf says it is also patience and organisational skills that are important to excel
Vahishta Zandbaf caters to everything from birthday parties, weddings, baby showers and dessert tables as well
In picture: Vahishta Zandbaf with her younger brother
When it comes to styling the cake, Vahishta Zandbaf told Grazia, "Deciding on the look of the cake/desserts almost always involves personal ideas from the clients themselves. I always encourage my clients to bring in any visual references they have- colours, patterns, styles or even share pictures of other specialty cake designs they particularly like. Simultaneously, in any event I also put forward my own ideas and artistic inspirations for the theme."
It is ingredients that make or break the dish created. Vahishta Zandbaf says 80 percent of her ingredients are imported - chocolates, cocoa products, purees, pastes, food dyes, colours, moulds, and intricate edibles that go on as garnish. However, the flour and dairy products that she uses are all locally sourced
Vahishta Zandbaf enjoys baking cakes that challenge her creativity. She loves working with unique colour combinations and art inspired by nature
Vahishta Zandbaf makes sugar dough in a jiffy! Right from handpainted cookies, chocolate modaks to galaxy themed macaroons, she is amazing at whatever she does
Going by Vahishta Zandbaf's Instagram pictures, the young entrepreneur is a successful, adventurous and beautiful girl. While she is a mountain person as she indulges in a lot of trekking, she also flaunts her toned body and abs at beaches
Vahishta Zandbaf keeps herself updated with the latest trends in cakes, social media trends and follows international artists
From her community, Vahishta Zandbaf takes inspiration from Peggy Porschen, Maggie Austin, Jasmine Rae, Stevi Auble, Cedric Grolet and Dominque Ansel
One of the best thing that came out of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' engagement is the cake that was styled by one - Vahishta Zandbaf. A talented food stylist, Zandbaf's creations will make your eyes open wide and jaw drop. Here's a lowdown on the talented young entrepreneur who hails from Mumbai
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