All Things Sweet

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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YUMMY: Jaydin O’Grady displaying her cakes

YUMMY: Jaydin O’Grady displaying her cakes

 “Choose a job that you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This is what motivates the owner of “All Things Sweet Bakery” to do what she does. 

She is 25-year-old Jaydin O’Grady, who hails from the villages of Alafua and Vaivase-uta. 

‘All Things Sweet’ is a home-based bakery, specializing in unique, bespoke cakes for any occasion – even when you are simply looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Jaydin started her business after moving back to Samoa in 2014 following her studies in Australia. But she is not new to the industry.

For Jaydin, baking comes naturally. The 25-year-old started baking from when her parents opened a restaurant called Apaula Heights in 2001.

“After school and on the weekends, my mum would ask my sister and I to make the restaurant desserts,” she recalls. “Although it was a chore back then but I am so glad for the experience now.”

From those humble beginnings, Jaydin has grown and developed her love for baking. This was placed on hold when she went overseas for studies.

But back in Samoa, it didn’t take long for Jaydin to find herself again.

 “When we moved back, I wanted to be able to work from home and also be able to look after our son, Kaleb.

 “So turning my hobby for baking into a small home business was quite easy. I found that there was a market for homemade desserts and cakes, and it just went from there.”

Jaydin said her inspiration for baking comes from her clients.  “When they order a cake, they let me know who the cake is for, and what flavours they like or dislike and also a theme or colour. 

“I’m forever looking through recipe books, and scanning through pinterest and instagram. One of my favourite instagram bakers is @katherinesabbath, she’s hilarious and so creative.”

The magic is done by Jaydin alone – with Kaleb a big helper. “He is the best tester,” she said. “Although, I do have to give credit to my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, which is my saving grace when it comes to making Swiss meringue butter cream.”

The heat and humidity in Samoa are the only challenges she struggles with.

“Upon moving back to Samoa, after schooling in Australia I soon realized that a lot of the things I used to make in the much cooler temperatures would not work in our hot and humid weather. 

“So I said good bye to chocolate shards and making sugar lollies and started making more suitable desserts and decorations.”

But Jaydin loves what she does. She welcomes you to her kitchen to enjoy the variety of her masterpieces for your satisfaction. 

For your special occasions, give her a call and make your orders today.

If you have a sweet tooth, All Things Sweet is the place for you. 

Contact Details - allthingssweetsamoa@gmail.com 7582299 or you can contact her on instagram and facebook. 

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