Cake Canteen: The cake collab of dreams

February 28, 2024
Cake Canteen

Cake Canteen is a slice of sweet paradise that was brought to life by Jandri van Zyl, founder of The Velvet Cake Co. Jandri took hands with Nikki Symons from Sweet LionHeart, a supplier to Cake Canteen, to create what many would dub the best cake in the Cape. The bakery offers a unique style showcasing sweet treats from various businesses such as Grumpy & Runt, Sweet Lionheart, Hoghouse Brewing Company, and the Velvet Cake Co. The collaboration brings attention to talented bakers and breweries in Cape Town. 

Entrepreneur Jandri van Zyl gives insight into her latest project, The Cake Canteen, whilst offering advice to future bakers and entrepreneurs. Her journey reflects patience in organic growth and inspires one to trust in your creative capabilities. Cake Canteen represents not only passion and love for providing its customers with innovative sweet treats but also gives people hope that one’s talents can result in something both rare and delicious.  

Hi Jandri! Please tell us about yourself. 

I am a passionate entrepreneur with 12 years of experience in the food and baking industry. I’ve always had a love for creating beautiful things and bringing them to customers in an innovative way. I started my first business at 25 and grew organically from there. The Velvet Cake Co. is my main business, of which I am very proud, and Cake Canteen is my latest venture. 

Tell us more about Cake Canteen. What was the inspiration behind it?

Cake Canteen is a brainchild of mine to bring customers all things sweet and amazing under one roof in a beautiful space. The canteen counter is curated by The Velvet Cake Co. and includes delicious treats from Sweet LionHeart, Hoghouse Brewing Company, Grumpy & Runt, and of course, The Velvet Cake Co. The inspiration behind Cake Canteen was a desire for collaboration over competition, creating a space where cake enthusiasts can indulge in delicious treats while experiencing a unique blend of our signature styles.

Jandri holding Cake canteen cakes

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How did you know you wanted to become a business owner?

As a creative person without a specific niche, I had to craft something out of nothing that did not exist. As someone who has always been passionate about the food industry and entrepreneurship, becoming a business owner felt like a natural progression. I saw an opportunity to turn my love for creating something out of nothing into a successful venture, and I haven’t looked back since.

What inspired the flavours and recipes at Cake Canteen?

The flavours and recipes at Cake Canteen are inspired by a combination of traditional favourites and innovative creations. We draw inspiration from our experiences and customer feedback to continually evolve and expand our menu with delicious offerings.

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Any favourite flavours that you are excited for customers to try?

I’m excited for customers to try our Cake Canteen cake — it’s a personal favourite of mine and always a crowd-pleaser! Pink milk, lemon curd, vanilla, and cinnamon.

We love to see so many people supporting your business! 

The support from the community has been overwhelming and incredibly heartwarming. It’s truly inspiring to see so many people embracing Cake Canteen and enjoying our creations. We’re grateful for every customer who walks through our doors and supports our business.

When someone visits the Cake Canteen, what would you like them to feel when they leave?

We want every visitor to Cake Canteen to leave feeling delighted and wowed. Whether they come for a sweet treat, a special celebration, or just to relax and unwind, we aim to provide an unforgettable experience that leaves them craving more.

Where do you see Cake Canteen in five years?

In five years, I envision Cake Canteen as a thriving hub of creativity and community, known for its delicious cakes, warm atmosphere, and commitment to collaboration. I hope that we continue to grow and evolve while remaining true to our core values and dedication to excellence.

If any famous baker could try the cakes at Cake Canteen, who would you like it to be?

If I could choose any famous baker to try our cakes, it would be Nigella Lawson. I admire her creativity and passion for baking, and I would love for her to experience the unique flavours and creations at Cake Canteen.

What advice would you give to young bakers who hope to one day open their own bakeries?

To never stop learning, experimenting, and honing your craft. Surround yourself with mentors, seek inspiration from others in the industry, and don’t be afraid to take risks and pursue your dreams.

How would you describe Cake Canteen in one word?

If I had to describe Cake Canteen in one word, it would be “irresistible.” We strive to create irresistible experiences and treats that keep customers coming back for more. 

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More infomation about Cake Canteen: 

  • Address: 87 Upper Buitenkant St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am-5 pm

                               Sat: 9 am – 2 pm 

                               Sun: Closed 

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