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Sylvan Doré

Can I Cake It?

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Sylvan Doré is a French baker from Birmingham. He created a cake business under the name of ‘Can I cake it?’ which refers to both hip hop, and a challenge he has set for himself.
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Sylvan started cooking and baking at the age of 12, and although originally having a preference for cooking over baking, the tables eventually turned thanks to his sweet tooth, and love of chocolate.

“I didn’t choose Birmingham, Birmingham chose me.”

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Doré moved to England from France to pursue his dream of living in a foreign country. But he never intended to end up in the Midlands: “I didn’t choose Birmingham, Birmingham chose me.” He believes he can bring a lot to the city by baking in Birmingham.

“Since I’m in England, I wanted to bring a little bit of my French-ness here.”

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According to Sylvan, baking is both an art and a science; it is specific in measurements yet can be moved according to art.

All of Sylvan’s skill is self-taught. He claims to have had no formal education in cooking, instead cooking alone and often enjoying experimenting and switching things up.
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After finding that a lot of cakes are too sugary, and wanting to find a healthier and more balanced option, Sylvan set out to make his cakes healthier so people could indulge in them more often.

“I don’t have any specific ingredients, what I try to do is just find a good balance between the sugar and all the other flavours.”

Having spent years trying to reduce the amount of sugar, oil, and other ’non-healthy’ elements in his cakes, Sylvan believes that he has now found the right balance.
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As a baker, he admits that he feels some jealousy towards artisan cake decorators and their beautiful creations, but his focus is set firmly on flavour. Sylvan’s knowledge of baking grew from passion and persistence.

“it’s like something you have inside you… and you express yourself. But mostly it’s trying and keeping going; even if you fail, it’s just a cake, you can do another one.”

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“it’s like something you have inside you… and you express yourself. But mostly it’s trying and keeping going; even if you fail, it’s just a cake, you can do another one.”

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Doré credits some of his success to music. Depending on his mood, Sylvan will listen to soul, funk or hip hop whilst baking.

“Music gives me the power to work and to bake, and gives me inspiration.”

img_0990Another outside factor that he credits for the success of his business is the Urban Coffee Company. The local coffee company gave him a hand in developing his business by allowing him to use the kitchens, as well as sell his cakes in their coffee shops.
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Going forward, Sylvan hopes to develop the company.

“I’m still a barista in a coffee shop, and I’ve reduced my shifts to get more involved in the business.”

The next steps are to create a website and to be more involved with customers. He has also revealed that a few street food events may be on the cards.

“My real pleasure is to see people eating my cake and to see their faces, the smiles and the joy.”

Photography by Will Pace.

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