A Delicious Craft

  • Ikhlaq-ul-Rehman Mir
  • Publish Date: Mar 19 2018 1:38AM
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  • Updated Date: Mar 19 2018 1:38AM
A Delicious Craft

Hanshika Kholi is a master cakemaker and she is only 16


Hanishka Kholi is a culinary prodigy. There isn’t a delicious cake, cupcake, cookie she can’t bake. Seeing her shape a mouth-watering dessert, you would think she was a professionally-trained chef. You would be wrong: Hansika is self-taught. Oh, and she is only 16.

“I don’t know how it came to me, it just did,” she says, referring to her skills. “I would watch my mother cook and I started to love cooking.”

Hanishka, a class 11 student from Indranagar in Srinagar, comes from the Kohli business family. Business, she says, runs in her blood. It isn’t surprising then that she has taken her craft to the market, partnering with Javid Parsa of Kathi Junction to sell her creations.

“I used to go to Kathi Junction, where Javid Parsa became aware of my baking skills,” Hanishka says. “So, we discussed about starting this tiny business. Before joining Javid bhai, I used to bake for family occasions like birthday parties. Javid bhai is our family friend. He saw my cakes and cupcakes and told me to send them to him every weekend so they could sell them online. I have already make 7-8 types of cupcakes and 50-60 cakes.”

For now, Hanishka bakes only on Saturdays and she doesn’t take orders. She particularly likes experimenting with cupcakes. “I make cupcakes of different flavors – strawberry, red velvet, chocolate, vanilla,” she says. “I am also working on introducing new designs. There are many designs available in the market but there is no particular design. It is up to you, you can create your own designs.”

While Hanishka is excited about starting a business at a such a young age, she is nervous too. “Making time is the biggest challenge since I have to concentrate on my studies as well. I recently passed class 10 and the next two years are crucial for me academically. It is a big challenge but I am sure I will manage. My family has been very supportive and that motivates me to keep going.” 

In a few years, she intends to study cooking professionally. “It has become an integral part of my life,” she says. “It gives me peace. So I want to learn baking professionally abroad or in some top school in India.”